FORT HOOD, Texas — In a speech to the nation at a military base rocked by another shooting which left three dead and 16 wounded, President Obama issued a defiant call to arms against the enemies of the United States while saying the attack was “definitely an act of terrorism.”
He went on to vow that all those who attacked Americans on their own soil would be brought to justice.
“We have been fighting a war overseas for more than a decade,” Obama said, “But sadly, an estimated 2.6 million potential terrorists now live among us.”
Following the speech, many of the president’s supporters hailed Obama as a strong wartime leader, citing his declaration that a ‘red line’ had been drawn and that any further attacks from terrorists on U.S. soil would draw a firm rebuke and censure in the United Nations.
While determined to bring the terrorists — and terror groups that supported this latest attack — to justice, some have raised questions on the differences between the latest attack and the tragic workplace violence incident that happened in 2009, where then-Maj. Nidal Hasan accidentally tripped over his beard and shot more than 40 people.
“There are absolutely no similarities in these two cases aside from the application of violence against our servicemen and women,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney to reporters. “Maj. Hasan had never deployed in support of the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq, so he was obviously unable to absorb any sort of extremist message, and he targeted soldiers in a single location, which meant he clearly had issues relevant to that specific location or population.”
When asked if Hasan’s Muslim faith had any bearing on the decision to label that incident ‘workplace violence’ instead of a terror attack, Carney was adamant that it did not.
“The U.S. military respects the rights of all Muslims, and acknowledges that Islam is a religion of peace,” Carney said. “The violence that has rippled through Iraq and most recently Afghanistan is about women’s rights and the desire to see equal education and wages offered to all members of society.”
“The religious motivations of Taliban or Al Qaeda fighters have nothing to do with this,” he added.
Carney then glanced over his shoulder to receive a thumbs-up from U.N. Ambassador Samantha Powers, who briefly looked up in between sending out pointless updates to Twitter that will have no effect on foreign policy or human rights for years to come.
“The current shooting was perpetrated by a soldier who had deployed to Iraq, so we’re confident in the president’s declaration that this was an act of terror,” Carney said.
The military had already begun planning overseas contingency operations to rout terrorist networks in Killeen, Texas, Pentagon sources said.
At press time, witnesses had apparently overheard Carney later instructing a nearby aide to double-check the shooter’s DD214 document to ensure he had ties to radical Army terror networks.