A former Fort Hood colleague of the shooter said Hasan would frequently make "outlandish" comments.
"He said maybe Muslims should stand up and fight against the aggressor," retired Col. Terry Lee told Fox News. "At first we thought he meant help the armed forces, but apparently that wasn't the case. Other times he would make comments we shouldn't be in the war in the first place."
Hasan had been optimistic that President Obama would start pulling troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan, Lee said, but when that didn't happen as quickly as he hoped, Hasan became angry.
"He was sort of a loner and kept to himself," Lee told Fox News. "He didn't socialize a lot with officers off duty or on duty."" Fox News
It is sadly amusing how much people do not want this to be about the man's religion or his Palestinian ancestry.
His relatives understandably want other Americans to believe that he was traumatized by listening to soldiers' stories about the wars. They certainly don't want people to think that there was anything about the atmosphere in his father's house that caused this man to reject the land of his birth and the obligations of his oath.
The media flacks have now been conditioned into political correctness to such an extent that they can't bring themselves to suggest that his Islam or his sense of grievance about American wars in the Islamic World had anything to do with what he did.
Subject to revision as more becomes known. This is how it looks to me:
– Hasan was born in Arlington, VA and raised in Roanoke, VA 200 odd miles SW of Washington. He is a native born American and a Washington Redskins fan.
– He graduated from high school in Roanoke. Then he went to Virginia Tech.
– After graduation (1997) he was sent by the Army to the Defense Department's own medical school in Washington. He paid no fees and received an officer's pay and allowances. Following graduation as an MD and commissioning as a captain in the Medical Corps, he continued his education at Army expense and was an intern and then a resident in psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. This process took 6 years.
– He then practised at Walter Reed specializing in treating PTSD victims and the like. Other Army doctors tried not to send him patients because they did not like his attitude. Inevitably, he received a poor effectiveness report. Ironically, the Army had invested so much in him that this probably would not have affected retention decisions about him.
– He avoided other officers socially and professionally to the extent he could manage. He avoided women colleagues. He would not be photographed with a woman. He asked his prayer community to find him a wife. They did not do so. He had no visible sexual relationships.
– He was transferred to Hood to do what the Army had trained him to do. Inevitably the Army decided that it was his "turn in the barrel" and sent him orders to deploy to one of combat areas to practise his medical specialty.
– He told people that he did not want to participate in wars against Muslims in a non-Muslim army. He tried to get out of the Army. Not surprisingly, the Army would not hear of that. Security camera video in a convenience store in Killeen, Texas outside the gate of the post shows him wandering around wearing strange garb apparently intended to set him apart in that town full of soldiers, present and past.
– He is reported to have uttered "Allahu Akbar" before he opened fire on what he seems to have seen as God's enemies.
Alienation. Alienation. Alienation. He was taunted by people over being a Muslim? Have we not all been taunted about some unfortunate thing?
It must be in the water at Virginia Tech. pl