RUSH: Why did he do it? Why did he do it? I could not believe I was hearing that question all weekend. Why did he do it? Why did a Muslim, in touch with Al-Qaeda, open fire on US military personnel? Why did he do it? I tell you something, folks, political correctness and a lot of other things are gonna lead to our downfall. I mean, this is just... Why did he do it? ... Last Thursday the House Judiciary Committee voted to strip the Patriot Act of a provision allowing the government to spy on people who are not linked to known terrorist groups.
This is the so-called lone wolf provision. It was a party-line vote: All the Democrats voted to strip it. Last Thursday, a lone wolf shouted his allegiance to Allah. It turns out intelligence people in our country knew that he had gone to this radical imam's mosque where a couple 9/11 hijackers went. It turns out that he had been in touch with Al-Qaeda overseas. They knew this all along and this lone wolf -- after all of this was known -- shouting his allegiance to Allah, opened fire. When the Fort Hood carnage was over, 13 people were murdered, 30 more injured, making it the deadliest mass murder on a military base in our history.
Why did he do it? What the hell! Why did he do it? And the hand-wringing, "Why did he do it?"
RUSH: Sunday, Obama's chief of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano speaking to students at the United Arab Emirates assured them, assured the students in the United Arab Emirates (where you will find Dubai, home of the Dubai Ports Deal) -- Janet Napolitano is over there on Sunday -- remember, now, Thursday what happened. She's over there assuring those students that her agency is hard at work to prevent any anti-Muslim backlash in response to the Fort Hood rampage. So to Janet Napolitano at least and maybe even Democrats, we bigoted Americans are the problem. Even General George Casey was on television yesterday. He came out and said (paraphrasing), "I'm really worried about whatever backlash there might be against Muslims in our armed forces," blah, blah, blah, blah. So how is that hope and change working out?
RUSH: The Muslim shooter... This is the political correct version, here. He's said to have resented and resisted deployment to a war zone in a Muslim country. To resolve his anger with his country's mission and his personal feelings about the war, he takes two guns and he shoots dozens of soldiers, non-Muslims, who had nothing to do with his deployment, nothing to do with the mission itself. And, of course, he was being teased. He was really being teased. He's a psychiatrist. He was really being teased. I don't know... If you talk to people in the military, it's just like being in a professional sports locker room. The teasing is merciless! Oh, it's part and parcel of it. Everybody gets teased. And I'm sure they're not going to call this a hate crime. I'm sure this man's inner feelings are going to be probed regarding the Bush-Cheney war. You wait. But let's not forget this man had no problem with killing people. Zilch, zero. This guy is not a pacifist. This guy is not a conscientious objector. He didn't like Americans in Afghanistan or Iraq.
And, by the way, playing the game the way the media and the Democrats do, we could almost say that this is Obama's fault. Because this guy said that he believed Obama was going to get us out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama hasn't done it, and that's one of the reasons why the guy cracked. I guaran-damn... Here. Mike, I'm going to screw you up here. I'm gonna go to a sound bite I didn't tell you about. Grab sound bite number 10. Bernie Goldberg on Friday night on The O'Reilly Factor, and they're talking about the media coverage of this shooting, and O'Reilly says, "Newsweek magazine runs this crazy thing about this could be the first of a whole bunch of crazy stuff because of our bad policies in Iraq and Afghanistan. You have TIME Magazine saying what a tragedy it is for Muslims to have to go over and help fellow Americans."
GOLDBERG: Could you imagine, by the way, if Major Hasan had on his nightstand or on his bookshelf, a book by Bill O'Reilly or a book by me? Or, God forbid, had ever listened in his whole life to Rush Limbaugh? I guarantee you that --
O'REILLY: We made 'em do it!
GOLDBERG: -- in the New York Times would be... Yeah.
O'REILLY: We made 'em do it.
GOLDBERG: "Bernie Goldberg, Rush Limbaugh: They're responsible for what happened."
O'REILLY: All right.
RUSH: Well, it's true! It's damn true. They're looking for evidence of that right now. But this guy, we're told that he told some of his colleagues that he was upset with President Obama. He thought he was going to get us out of these countries and he hasn't done it.
Now, this, to me: "Why did he do it?" It sounds like a terrorist, to me. I know I'm jumping to conclusions. I'm not jumping to conclusions. I am not jumping. I've got evidence now! I got news stories from the State-Controlled Media: "Alleged Shooter Tied to Mosque of 9/11 Hijackers," and attended the mosque when a radical imam preached there. ABC News: "Officials: US Aware of Hasan's Efforts to Contact Al-Qaeda." "Fort Hood gunman had told US military colleagues that infidels should have their throats cut," and have hot oil poured down their throats. They knew all of this! That's from the UK Telegraph. "Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the gunman who killed 13 at America's Fort Hood military base, once gave a lecture to other doctors in which he said non-believers should be beheaded and have boiling oil poured down their throats." So pardon me for "jumping" to a conclusion here. And yet the first reports said that the FBI had ruled out terrorism. And there's another... I read a column today, Townhall.com -- I can't remember the name. Kevin McCullough, I think? I think that's who wrote it -- quoting Stephen Hayes on the Fox News roundtable Friday night, saying that the FBI was told to not investigate this in terms of terrorism. But, I mean, if it walks like a duck, if it quacks like a duck... I don't know.
This guy's in a coma, this guy... (interruption) Why do I think that is? Well, now, if it's true that the FBI was told to stand down essentially on the terrorism side... That would be jumping to conclusions, Snerdley, if I were to proffer an answer or theory on that. But who has the authority to tell the FBI what to and not to do? The attorney general has that authority. The president has that authority. I guess even "Plugs" Biden might be able to pull it off. I don't know if Plugs was aware of what was going on. I don't know where he is. Is he in the country anywhere? So anyway, this guy's in the hospital, he's in a drug-induced coma. (interruption) Oh, he's talking now? He's talking? Are we waterboarding him? I wonder if we're going to waterboard the poor guy. Oh gosh, I hope not! Folks, do you...? Oh, no! I hope they're not doing that! Oh, no! Oh, what would that say about our country? Oh, I couldn't live with myself if I found out we were waterboarding the guy to find out what the hell went on here! Oh, oh, gosh, Snerdley! Please pray it's not happening, that we are not waterboarding the guy.
So he's in the hospital, he's got the best inclusive medical care available in the world. Now, my friends, we have seen Muslims involved in violence at Fort Dix in New Jersey, an Arkansas recruiting center -- and, by the way, in that instance, this guy (the why-did-he-do-it guy) was very supportive of what happened when the Army recruiter in Arkansas got blown away -- and we've seen Muslims involved in Virginia Tech, where there's a military college, now Fort Hood... I mean, these are attacks on the military and they are attacks on non-Muslims. And we hear a lot about terror cells; I mean, we bust 'em up and so forth. It might be something to dig into there, don't you think? Might be. The "angry man" defense just doesn't impress me here, folks. We hear he got picked on.
We're going to hear he objected to the war like so many liberals, and we'll hear he reached the breaking point, the post-traumatic stress disease, or disorder, or whatever it is. I just... I really hope we're not waterboarding this poor guy. Oh, no.
RUSH: Look at this story out of Seattle today: "Police described a suspect in the shooting death of a Seattle police officer as a 'lone domestic terrorist' and said he was also suspected of firebombing four police vehicles. At a news conference, Seattle Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel identified Christopher Monfort, 41, as the man shot by police on Friday as he was sought in connection with the Halloween killing of Officer Timothy Brenton. Pugel also said investigators found improvised explosive devices at Monfort's apartment. 'This man, from everything we can tell is a lone domestic terrorist,' Pugel said. 'At this moment we cannot find any ties to anyone else.'"
This guy gets branded a terrorist outright except he's at war with the cops, not the population at random. So he's a terrorist outright. Meanwhile, this Hasan guy blows away 13 and wounds 30, and, "Ahhh, we can't jump to conclusions, Mr. Limbaugh. We really must be very, very careful here deciding how we characterize him." Well, I don't remember Obama not jumping to conclusions when he pronounced the cops up in Cambridge stupid in the "Skip" Gates case. And in that case you had a clear as a bell left-wing template: You had racist cop, a victimized minority. This Hasan guy goes against the left-wing template of the victimized minority and a Muslim from the "religion of peace." So they can't employ the same conclusion. By the way, I am seeing where they're saying he might be suffering post-traumatic stress disorder. But he hasn't been deployed yet. So in this case it would be pre-traumatic stress disorder. I mean, he's a psychiatrist, he could invent it and apply it to himself. "Yeah, I had pre-traumatic stress disorder."
Now, the Drive-Bys, folks, are bending over backwards searching for any rationale for the murders at Fort Hood. But they're not looking for a rationale. They're using the tragedy to justify their own personal claptrap. "Is America to blame?" They love this. This gives them another bit of ammo to shoot at this country, "Is America to blame? Is the war to blame? Is Bush to blame? Is Cheney to blame for this?" Here, listen to Bob Schieffer. Just an example. Bob Schieffer and Lindsey Graham had this exchange on Fort Hood yesterday on Slay the Nation.
SCHIEFFER: Do you think that the fact --
GRAHAM: Yes, sir.
SCHIEFFER: -- that this man was a Muslim, obviously he was either part of some terrorist --
SCHIEFFER: -- plot and I think most suggestions are that he wasn't --
SCHIEFFER: -- it's looking more and more like he was just sort of a religious nut and, you know --
GRAHAM: Yeah, yeah.
SCHIEFFER: -- Islam doesn't have a majority or -- or the Christian religion has its --
GRAHAM: A corner on that.
SCHIEFFER: -- full helping of -- of nuts, too. But do you think the fact that it was a Muslim may have caused the military to kind of step back and be reluctant to challenge him on some of this stuff for fear that they'd be accused of discrimination?
RUSH: Well, finally he gets to a decent question. Of course the political correctness is killing us all. Political correctness is gonna lead to the destruction of this country. But, you see, we had to get in there -- even though no Christian fired a gun at Fort Hood -- that Christians are nuts, too. Grahamnesty in there saying, "Oh, yeah, we don't have a corner on that! Islam doesn't have a majority corner on that! It's full of nuts, too, Christianity is." "The man was a Muslim and I think most suggestions that he wasn't part of a terrorist..." No, he was just being revved up by an imam at the same mosque that a couple 9/11 hijackers attended. See, they're going out of their way here to promote their own usual claptrap. Political correctness. Folks, there were signals. There were tea leaves that should have been read, dots that should have been connected. Political correctness allowed this disturbed fanatic, Muslim religious fanatic to continue to spout his nonsense. How did he become a major? My guess is political correctness is involved in making him a major, and also not acting on the information everybody had about him, "Oh, we can't be seen to be discriminating here, would be a very, very bad move."
You know, all the troops did three, four, five stressful tours of Iraq and Afghanistan? They didn't come back here and go berserk. They don't start shooting up army bases and so forth. So this is a guy who was listening to the preaching of a hate-filled fantastic imam and everybody asks, "Why did he do it? Why did he do it?" "Troubled Alleged Shooter Tied to Mosque of 9/11 Hijackers." The alleged shooter allegedly attended "the same Virginia mosque that two Sept. 11 hijackers attended in 2001, at a time when a radical imam preached there. ... The London Telegraph first reported the potential link between Hasan and the mosque." Why did he do it? Snerdley, have you found out whether we're waterboarding this guy yet or not? (interruption) No reports? Snerdley said there's no reports that we are waterboarding. No, no. We gotta look for reports that we're not. (laughing) Well, here's the thing. I was going to make that point because we're jumping to many conclusions here, ladies and gentlemen.
So the guy, Malik Nidal Hasan -- I don't know what order the names come in, but I'll call him Hasan -- spends time in a mosque (coughing) church, and there's a radical preacher in there, a radical imam. Imam is preacher. Pastor. Minister. And this guy is just raising hell in there. I mean so much so that these 9/11 hijackers are in there, they're probably getting their motivation and inspiration from this whacked out imam. And guess what? This Hasan guy happens to be in there. But if we're going to ask, "Why did he do it," knowing full well that he's in the same mosque in 2001 with the radical preacher going nuts, we're going to also have to believe that the guy was just like Obama and didn't hear Reverend Wright's words when he was in his church.
RUSH: "Fellow doctors have recounted how they were repeatedly harangued by Hasan about religion and that he openly claimed to be a 'Muslim first and American second.' One Army doctor who knew him said a fear of appearing discriminatory against a Muslim soldier had stopped fellow officers from filing formal complaints. ... Senator Joe Lieberman, said there had been 'strong warning signs' that Hasan was an 'Islamist extremist.'"
Yeah, and it's mind-boggling here: "The Army psychiatrist authorities say killed 13 people and wounded 29 others at the Fort Hood Army Base Thursday was a recent and frequent customer at a local strip club, employees of the club told FoxNews.com exclusively. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan came into the Starz strip club not far from the base at least three times in the past month." Oh, and the guy was running around to his friends, "I'm going to miss you." He gave away his clothes. He gave away his stuff. Why did he do it? "Jennifer Jenner, who works at Starz using the stage name Paige, said Hasan bought a lap dance from her two nights in a row." This is a pious Muslim here, gang. This is exactly what the 9/11 hijackers did before they got on the planes. A couple of them went to Vegas. A couple of them went to strip clubs. They got it all in. They wanted to experience what the infidels experience before they reverted to their own piety, another similarity that Mr. Hasan has with some of the 9/11 hijackers.
James in San Antonio, Texas, we go to the phones, we'll start with you. It's great to have you, and welcome. Hi, James.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. I wanted to comment on General Casey. First of all you're doing a fantastic job. Without you I don't know where this country would be. But General Casey made a comment yesterday or was it Saturday that absolutely sickened me. It's political correctness. I was in the Air Force from '66 through '70 out here in Oklahoma. Now I'm in Texas retired, but General Casey's comment was absolutely sickening. It showed that political correctness, profiling, all that business has taken hold and you just can't do it. You can't speak out. Imagine if a bunch of IRA guys had flown planes into the World Trade Center, would the pope have said something to those fallen-away Catholics about fighting the Protestants in Northern Ireland? "Oh, guys, you can't fly planes into a building." He damn sure would have said something.
RUSH: What did Casey say? What did Casey say that upset you?
CALLER: Casey said in effect that we can't go overboard, like Obama said. We can't go overboard and prejudge these guys. He said in effect he was one lone wolf, one guy by himself.
RUSH: Yeah, yeah, yeah: A lone wolf that we knew everything about, apparently.
CALLER: And in the Army, quite frankly -- somewhere in the Army, either up in Washington, DC, at the hospital up there or down here in Fort Hood -- he got a performance evaluation that was poor. He was not pulled aside by some officer, and I know something about that. When you underperform, you're pulled aside and either told to get lost or discharged. He would have had to resign.
RUSH: No, no! See this is where political correctness is killing us because approved minorities, approved victims cannot be held accountable to the same standards. These guys are afraid. The doctors are saying, "We were afraid to file a formal complaint. What would happen to us? You know, we'd be said to be discriminating."
CALLER: Right. And these people call this religion in the military and elsewhere across the country a religion of peace. Well, it's time for the peaceful Muslims who actually believe in America to speak out against this horror.
RUSH: They're afraid to. Those that you describe are afraid to do so as well.
CALLER: They're afraid to do so, and we have a president who says we don't want to prejudge this. Well, all I can say is --
RUSH: It's worse than that. It is worse than that. The nation, the world is waiting for a response, words of something from President Obama after this horrible event takes place. Obama has a regularly scheduled event with the tribal conference leaders from the Native American caucus or whatever. And they decided we're going to go on with this event and Obama starts out and he sings the praises of the people attending this conference, the tribal leaders conference, and he gives a "shout-out" to a Medal of Honor winner who is not only not there and had not won a Medal of Honor, and then after three or four minutes then briefly mentions this incident and let's not jump to conclusions. It's not just that he said let's not jump to conclusions. He didn't even make it a priority. He didn't even act like he was fazed by it. And, you know, folks, there are still people in this country who care deeply about it, and this event can scare the hell out of people, and they're looking for some kind of assurance from the president.
Remember after 9/11, after 9/11, Bush, the first thing they said about him was that he's reading books on goats to little kids in the Florida school, then he got on Air Force One. He was a coward, refused to go back to Washington. And after Bush made his first set of remarks, Peter Jennings said that some presidents are just better at this than others -- meaning: I wish we had Clinton to reassure the nation. The president's response to this -- not just his words, but the emphasis that he did not place upon it -- is striking, just striking. Not going to Berlin, not being part of a celebration marking a total outbreak of freedom around the world? Just amazing. Now, here's what General Casey, he's the Army chief of staff, he said Sunday: "It's important for the country not to get caught up in speculation about Hasan's Muslim faith." And he has instructed his commanders to be on the lookout for anti-Muslim reaction to the killings at Fort Hood. He says, "Focusing on the Islamic roots of the suspected shooter could heighten the backlash against all Muslims in the military." Casey says, "Diversity in the military gives us strength," and it left unchecked a killer, by the way. "Casey declined to answer questions about the investigation into the shooting but said evidence to this point shows that Hasan acted alone. He toured Fort Hood on Friday with Army secretary John McHugh. Casey was on This Week on ABC and CNN's State of the Union."
Karen in Williamsburg, Pennsylvania. Hi. Welcome to the EIB Network. How are you?
CALLER: Good. I just want to know what kind of terror this man rendered to our troops coming home who may have had post-traumatic stress disorder or any other problem.
RUSH: Pre-traumatic stress because he hasn't been deployed. It's a new symptom that's just been diagnosed over the weekend: pre-traumatic distress disorder.
CALLER: What kind of care did he give to our troops? He was a doctor.
RUSH: As a psychiatrist?
RUSH: I have no idea. But we can't jump to conclusions about this, Karen. Are you attempting to imply that this man might have attempted to brainwash our own military troops under his care?
CALLER: I just want to know that they were given the best possible care that could be given to people who are giving up their livelihoods and possible lives for our country.
RUSH: Well, we don't know because those sessions are private until, of course, the New York Times gets hold of them, in which case we'll find out --
RUSH: -- if it's damaging to the US military. If it's not damaging to the military we'll never know.
RUSH: That's how that works.
CALLER: Thank you so much.
RUSH: All right. One thing we can say, though, ladies and gentlemen, is that Nadal Malik Hasan is receiving and did receive the finest health care available to anybody in the world. Very comforting to know. And again, we're still trying to find out whether or not waterboarding is being used. I think I just saw a little headline that his family has insisted that interrogators not talk to him until his lawyer shows up. He gets a lawyer in there. Anyway gotta take a brief break here, folks, broadcast excellence continues. I know you've missed it. I did, too. We're back together now as things should be.
RUSH: Here's another General George Casey quote from 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." If diversity in the Army becomes a casualty, that's worse than the 13 dead and the 29 wounded. General George Casey, Army chief of staff. By the way, John Allen Muhammad, otherwise known as the DC sniper, will be executed for his crimes tomorrow. That is, unless the PC police get frightened about possible backlashes. Maybe we can just say execute him but not announce his name.
RUSH: Clark in Seattle. Great to have you on the EIB Network, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Good morning, sir. It's an honor.
CALLER: I called up this morning to sort of warn you that you are walking on thin ice. You cannot go around calling the army major terrorist a "terrorist," sir. The Obama administration and Homeland Security, they don't accept the truth, sir. You can't use those words -- and, if you're not careful, Obama is going to unleash his Marxist propaganda on you like he did Joe the Plumber. He might even have Rahm Emanuel send you a fish.
RUSH: I think Obama has already got me in the crosshairs. (laughing) "Marxist propaganda." You know, the thing here is Clark is right about this. It's not the "war on terrorism." Remember that? It's not war on terrorism anymore. They've taken the word out of the lexicon at both the Pentagon and the State Department. Well, what are we supposed to call these terrorists? I don't succumb to political correctness, so, you know, he might be an "enemy combatant." (interruption) Well, no, they can't send them to Gitmo 'cause they waterboard people there. Besides, we're gonna close Gitmo, right? Gitmo closes in a couple months, isn't that right? (laughing) By the way, if you want to read the best thing yet on what happened at Fort Hood, find Ralph Peters' piece from November 6th in the New York Post. Let me just read a little bit of it to you.
"On Thursday afternoon, a radicalized Muslim US Army officer shouting 'Allahu Akbar!' committed the worst act of terror on American soil since 9/11. And no one wants to call it an act of terror or associate it with Islam. What cowards we are. Political correctness killed those patriotic Americans at Ft. Hood as surely as the Islamist gunman did. And the media treat it like a case of non-denominational shoplifting.
"This was a terrorist act. When an extremist plans and executes a murderous plot against our unarmed soldiers to protest our efforts to counter Islamist fanatics, it's an act of terror. Period. When the terrorist posts anti-American hate-speech on the Web; apparently praises suicide bombers and uses his own name; loudly criticizes US policies; argues (as a psychiatrist, no less) with his military patients over the worth of their sacrifices; refuses, in the name of Islam, to be photographed with female colleagues; lists his nationality as 'Palestinian' in a Muslim spouse-matching program, and parades around central Texas in a fundamentalist playsuit -- well, it only seems fair to call this terrorist an 'Islamist terrorist.'
"But the president won't. Despite his promise to get to all the facts. Because there's no such thing as 'Islamist terrorism' in ObamaWorld. And the Army won't. Because its senior leaders are so sick with political correctness that pandering to America-haters is safer than calling terrorism 'terrorism.' And the media won't. Because they have more interest in the shooter than in our troops -- despite their crocodile tears. Maj. Nadal Malik Hasan planned this terrorist attack and executed it in cold blood. The resulting massacre was the first tragedy. The second was that he wasn't killed on the spot. Hasan survived. Now the rest of us will have to foot his massive medical bills. Activist lawyers will get involved, claiming 'harassment' drove him temporarily insane. There'll be no end of trial delays. At best, taxpayer dollars will fund his prison lifestyle for decades to come, since our politically correct Army leadership wouldn't dare pursue or carry out the death penalty.
"Maj. Hasan will be a hero to Islamist terrorists abroad and their sympathizers here. While US Muslim organizations decry his acts publicly, Hasan will be praised privately. And he'll have the last laugh. But Hasan isn't the sole guilty party. The US Army's unforgivable political correctness is also to blame for the casualties at Ft. Hood. Given the myriad warning signs, it's appalling that no action was taken against a man apparently known to praise suicide bombers and openly damn US policy. But no officer in his chain of command, either at Walter Reed Army Medical Center or at Ft. Hood, had the guts to take meaningful action against a dysfunctional soldier and an incompetent doctor. Had Hasan been a Lutheran or a Methodist, he would've been gone with the simoon. But officers fear charges of discrimination when faced with misconduct among protected minorities.
"Now 12 soldiers and a security guard lie dead. 31 soldiers were wounded, 28 of them seriously. If heads don't roll in this maggot's chain of command, the Army will have shamed itself beyond moral redemption. There's another important issue, too. How could the Army allow an obviously incompetent and dysfunctional psychiatrist to treat our troubled soldiers returning from war? An Islamist whacko is counseled for arguing with veterans who've been assigned to his care? And he's not removed from duty? What planet does the Army live on? For the first time since I joined the Army in 1976 --" this is Ralph Peters writing, "-- I'm ashamed of its dereliction of duty. The chain of command protected a budding terrorist who was waving one red flag after another. Because it was safer for careers than doing something about him.
"Get ready for the apologies. We've already heard from the terrorist's family that 'he's a good American.' In their world, maybe he is. But when do we, the American public, knock off the PC nonsense? A disgruntled Muslim soldier murdered his officers way back in 2003, in Kuwait, on the eve of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Recently? An American mullah shoots it out with the feds in Detroit. A Muslim fanatic attacks an Arkansas recruiting station. A Muslim media owner, after playing the peace card, beheads his wife. A Muslim father runs over his daughter because she's becoming too Westernized. Muslim terrorist wannabes are busted again and again. And we're assured that 'Islam's a religion of peace.' I guarantee you that the Obama administration's non-response to the Ft. Hood attack will mock the memory of our dead." Ralph Peters, November 6th, in the New York Post, a powerful piece. We'll link to it at RushLimbaugh.com, making it easy for you to find it.