#10: Dupes and Useful Idiots Category – Gen. George W. Casey Jr.
Gen. Casey earned his place here by his offensive and inane remarks following the murders at Ft. Hood, where U.S. Army Major (Major!) Nidal Malik Hasan shot and killed 12 fellow soldiers (one of whom was pregnant), one civilian and wounded 30 other individuals.
Immediately after the murders Casey said to the press:
… I’m concerned that this increased speculation could cause a backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers. And I’ve asked our Army leaders to be on the lookout for that …
Um … this came from an American general? This is far worse than mere politically correct babble. This is a gross insult to our people in uniform. Even if he had good reason to suspect that such a thing was possible, which he did not, it is something you keep in the family. You don’t announce it to the world. One would imagine that an American general would have some concern about the reputation of our warriors.
He handed the Islamo-facists a free propaganda goodie: The Americans are prejudiced, nasty, dangerous people who need to be tamed and restrained. The Mohammedans are victims.
And there’s more. Later he said on MSNBC’s Meet the Press:
… Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse …
Worse than the death of innocent American soldiers. Now there’s a value judgement for you.
It is difficult to imagine what mental process would lead an ostensibly sane adult to say something like that. And it may well be that there was no conscious thought process at all, but simply a reflexive response to cameras and microphones.
In the context of Islamo-fascist propaganda, “diversity” is a code word for tolerating the intolerable and excusing the immoral. Suffice it to say that America does not require the sort of diversity of views and loyalties introduced by Major Hassan.
Before leaving this subject we need to give honorable mention for useful idiocy to United States Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England for his part in dismissing Stephen Coughlin, contractor on the Joint Staff, J-2 (Intelligence) for the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon — an expert on Islamic doctrines of war.
Coughlin had very sensibly dedicated himself to making sure that our warriors thoroughly understood the philosophy and military doctrine of their enemies — as was done with the Axis powers during WWII and the USSR during the cold war, and as any good text on war will insist you must do. He was dismissed from his post in a byzantine back-office campaign of smears, lies, moral cowardice and gross dereliction.
Couglin’s thesis To Our Great Detriment: Ignoring What Extremists Say About Jihad should be required reading for all of our military decision makers, as the affair of Gen. Casey richly attests.