Obama Honors Trayvon Martin, Ignores Fort Hood Killed
Posted 07/17/2013 06:21 PM ET
War On Terror: The jury has been selected and the trial date set for the jihadist accused of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 of attempted premeditated murder acting, as he says, in defense of the Taliban.
Army Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford has not received a phone call from Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson. Nor does the African-American veteran who was shot seven times by Maj. Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood expect to. He is merely relieved that nearly four years after the massacre at the Army base in Texas, a jury has finally been selected and a trial date has been set.
Thirteen people, including a pregnant soldier, were killed and 32 others shot Nov. 5, 2009, at the Killeen facility during Hasan’s rampage against soldiers being processed for deployment to Afghanistan. Hasan has said he did it in defense of the Taliban, a self-admitted act of terrorism on behalf of a foreign entity.
One would expect that when a self-proclaimed “soldier of Allah” shouting “Allahu Akhbar” opens fire on dozens of American citizens and soldiers, killing and maiming as many innocents as he can, it would have been called an act of terror. One of the great scandals of the Obama administration has been its shameful designation of the massacre as “workplace violence.”
Attorney General Eric Holder has refrained from filing terrorism charges in the case and is currently busy in Florida announcing his intent to find George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman found innocent of murdering Trayvon Martin, guilty of something, anything, to satisfy the racial grievance industry.
“Not only am I disappointed (in Holder), I’m embarrassed. Mr. Holder needs to understand the repercussions of his actions,” Sgt. Lunsford says.
Lunsford also expressed outrage at the fact that some victims are financially struggling, but that because of the categorization of the shooting as a “workplace shooting,” he and those other victims are not entitled to combat-related benefits they would have received had they been injured overseas.
Meanwhile, Hasan has continued to receive paychecks over the past four years, amounting to $287,000.
Thirteen Army officers, ranging in rank from major to colonel, will decide the fate of Maj. Hasan following Tuesday’s jury selection in his long-awaited court-martial. Opening statements are scheduled to begin Aug. 6.
A military judge has granted Hasan’s request to represent himself at his trial, meaning Lunsford, the prosecution’s lead witness, and others will be subjected to the indignity of being cross-examined by the jihadist who tried to end their lives.
Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning was shot six times by Hasan but was also denied benefits that would accrue to a soldier injured in an act of terror or a battle overseas. The “workplace violence” designation has cost him around $70,000 in benefits, Manning says.
Kimberly Munley, one of two police officers who confronted Hasan when he opened fire, sat next to first lady Michelle Obama at the 2010 State of the Union address. She now says “betrayed is a good word” to describe her feelings after being laid off from her job with the base’s civilian police force. “Not to the least little bit have the victims been taken care of,” she says. “In fact, they’ve been neglected.”
President Obama said that if he had a son he’d look like Trayvon Martin and that to honor him we must surrender our Second Amendment right of self-defense against the assault Martin committed. Well, if he had a son, he might also look like Alonzo Lunsford, who proudly wears his uniform in court, unlike Maj. Hasan, who refused.
To honor Lunsford as well as the other survivors and the dead of Fort Hood, the commander in chief should end this “workplace violence” charade and publicly declare it an act of terrorism (kinda like Benghazi) so they can get the benefits they deserve.
And be there when Nidal Hasan is executed for his crimes.