It’s no secret that the Government, in its current iteration, has little interest in recognizing Islamic terrorism for what it is. This comes from many things, including an academic fascianation with the “other,” and a conviction that every conflict everywhere stems from something the US did: the old “why do they hate us?” story.
They hate us ’cause we don’t submit to them. It’s not deep and you don’t need a PhD to understand it (indeed, a PhD may be an impediment to understanding such simple things).
Its strategy towards Islamic terrorism everywhere — and most of the terrorism in the world is Islamic, from Israel to Chechnya to the Phillipines, to right here in the USA — is to fight it just enough to dodge charges of supporting it, while denying it even exists as a thing.
That’s how you get a government that pauses its Magical Mea Culpa Tour just long enough to advance the Iranian mullahs, defend their Saudi brethren, and demean the efforts of those who fought it and died.
They still think that Nidal Hassan’s jihad was “workplace violence” best addressed by taking guns away from folks who did not do it, and used the same line in relation to the Sudden Jihad Syndrome strike against military soft-targets in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 2015. The social-engineer suits who are running the services dry of lubrication, like the cars turned in during Cash for Clunkers, fought hard against recognizing these victims of terrorism as, well, victims of terrorism.
Back in April, with respect to the Chattanooga victims, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Secretary of the Navy (“Hey, how about USS Kardashian next?”) Ray Mabus, finally folded and the four Marine victims’ nexts of kin were presented with their Marines’ Purple Hearts. Two other victims, a wounded Marine and a slain sailor, had private presentations in January.
The decision had been telegraphed as early as December, after FBI director James Comey made it clear that the shooter had been radicalized by a local mosque and thereafter had been in communication with Anwar Al-Awlaki.
The part the media left out of this presentation was the ugly bit: had the Navy persisted in not awarding the medals (and ancillary veterans’ benefits that accrue to combat casualties), Congress was prepared to step in and force the issue. The Pentagon opposed the presentation of Purple Hearts to the 2009 Fort Hood victims until Congress directed it be done in the National Defense Authorization Act; the victims and their survivors finally received their medals from grudging officialdom in April, 2015.
“The Obama Pentagon fought tooth and nail against that,” [Sen. Ted] Cruz [R-TX] said in an interview…. “They insisted the attack was workplace violence. And they refused for nearly five years to award those Purple Hearts.”
“And each one of those family members, I took the opportunity to look them in the eyes, to thank them for their service and their family member’s service and simply to say I’m sorry this took five years for this to happen,” Cruz said.
Cruz and his Tennessee counterparts were prepared to do for the Chattanooga Marines what they, and a bipartisan group of Congressmen and Senators, did for the Ft Hood soldiers. It’s amazing — astonishing really — that we still have senior officials, defense officials no less, who take the side of Islamic terrorists. And give that we have senior officials that disjointed from reality, we suppose it’s amazing that they actually gave in this time and didn’t make Cruz and his allies go through all the motions again.