Late last week, Barack Obama urged everyone not to jump to conclusions about the Fort Hood attack, so it seems that one who claims to be so into “due process” would avoid jumping to these kinds of conclusions before all the facts are in:
President Obama began his weekly Internet and radio address on Saturday with these words: “This past Thursday, on a clear Texas afternoon, an Army psychiatrist walked into the Soldier Readiness Processing Center, and began shooting his fellow soldiers.”
Has the guy already been tried and convicted? If not, this assumption seems so un-Hope-like. But at least you’ll notice that at least Obama’s blanket statement of guilt didn’t go so far as to assume that the shooter was Muslim — that would have been just plain wrong.
In Obama’s radio address yesterday, he also did what every great leader would do at a time of a national tragedy: lauded diversity:
He praised those who serve or have served in uniform and reminded the public of their diversity Ã¢â‚¬â€ a move designed to calm tensions around the suspected shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.
“They are Americans of every race, faith and station. They are Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus and nonbelievers,” Obama said in his radio and Internet address, airing the weekend before Veterans Day.
Joe Lieberman is calling the shootings a “terrorist attack,” which is a lot more accurate and right than Obama’s “who knows what happened for sure, but we should at least praise the diversity of the victims!”
And let’s not forget the other conclusion that the president seems to have jumped to, which is that the shooter’s religion, and the apparent fanatical level of dedication to same, had nothing to do with this “tragedy.”
There’s are reasons the administration is being so adamant about not jumping to certain conclusions — because some of those conclusions lead to some fairly embarrassing connections.