Veteran political analyst Dick Morris tells Newsmax that the Obama administration is “deliberately mischaracterizing” the Fort Hood massacre by refusing to admit it was a terrorist attack.
Morris also said the failure to recognize the danger posed by Major Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of the killings, points to “Obama’s failures in the war on terror.”
Newsmax.TV’s Kathleen Walter asked why President Obama, when he visited Fort Hood on Tuesday, stopped short of calling the massacre of 13 Americans an act of terrorism.
“I think that ever since the gunfire ceased, the administration has been engaged in a shameful attempt to disguise the true nature of this attack,” Morris said. “It was a terrorist attack.
“The difference between terror and murder does not relate to whether you’re part of an organized group or not. It relates to the motivation behind the killing. If the motivation is political, it’s terrorism. If it’s not, it’s just ordinary vanilla murder.
“Obviously this guy was motivated by the same passions that animate the terrorists that are attacking the United States … Yet the administration from the very first second spoke of it as an act of violence. In his statement [Tuesday] Obama speaks of it as an act of violence, and then says no faith justifies this ? as if this was a religious expression” and not a “political, terrorist attack.
“This was not religious, this was terrorism. And by failing to call it what it really is, Obama is doing a serious disservice to the men and women who gave their lives.”
Walter noted that the FBI launched an internal review of how it handled early information about Hasan, and asked how this attack could occur eight years after 9/11.
“I think it’s because Obama, from the very minute he’s taken office, has second-guessed and handcuffed and marginalized those who are trying to keep us safe,” Morris responded.
“He has investigators investigating their every action. Every time they interrogate a terror suspect, they take their careers ? if not their lives ? into their hands. And the fear of political correctness, the fear of opening a can of worms, of being accused of racial profiling, obviously had a big impact in stopping the FBI from passing this information on to the Army or from acting on it.
“We’re witnessing the fruits of Obama’s failures in the war on terror. And that’s precisely why he doesn’t want it to be called a terrorist act. He doesn’t want us to realize that he is responsible, at least on his watch, for the first attack on our soil since 9/11…
“This entire process of spinning and deliberately mischaracterizing the attack is insidious and horrendous.
“I think the other fact we need to focus on is that these killings did not take place in a shopping mall or a high school. They took place on a military base. And if we don’t have good security at a military base, where can we possibly have good security?”
Regarding the in-depth probe being called for by members of Congress, Morris declared: “I think we clearly need a probe. But I think what we need is an attitude adjustment, where we stop vilifying those who are trying to defend us and stop bending over backwards to accord every kind of sensitivity and presumption of innocence to those who are trying to attack us and kill us.
“We are demeaning the memory of these brave men and women by pretending that they were shot by an act of a psychotic killer as opposed to a military attack by a terrorist.”