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Victims and Survivors Honored at Fort Hood Memorial Service

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Posted on Nov 10, 2009
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In this still image from USA Today’s streaming video coverage of Tuesday’s memorial, wounded soldiers and other mourners arrive at Fort Hood to honor the victims of last Thursday’s shooting at the Texas Army base.

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were on hand at Fort Hood to pay tribute to those soldiers killed or wounded in last Thursday’s shooting at the Texas Army base. The 13 men and women fatally shot during the attack, in which Maj. Nidal Hasan is expected to be charged, were honored in the traditional manner for soldiers killed in battle, their framed photos set before empty pairs of combat boots next to helmet-topped rifles. Several of the 29 wounded soldiers were among the mourners. —KA

USA Today:

Speaking at a podium with a giant American flag flapping in the background and another flag flying at half staff, Obama honored each of the men and women who died with personal stories.

“Their lives speak to the strength, the dignity, the decency of those who served, and that’s how they will be remembered,” he said.

A mammoth U-shaped wall of shipping containers encircled the III Corps headquarters building to bring some privacy and security to the event.

One of the Fort Hood units memorialized at Tuesday’s service was the Army’s 36th Engineer Brigade, 20th Engineer Battalion. The group, which helped build bases during the U.S. military’s critical “surge” strategy in Iraq in 2007, suffered the highest number of casualties in last week’s shooting spree.

Four of the battalion’s soldiers were killed and 11 wounded at the center — more than one-third of all casualties and more than any other unit lost on base.

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By Blackspeare, November 11, 2009 at 3:37 pm Link to this comment

montanawildhack…

Yes, I’ve read Ennes’ book and others who have the same mistaken and perhaps bigoted view of the occurrence.  There is no doubt the USS Liberty was acquiring intelligence during the 1967 ME War.  Israel recognized the intelligence gathering and with the IDF stretched thin was in no position to risk any chances.  Whether that intelligence was transmitted to other parties is moot because acquiring unauthorized intelligence by either friend or foe during hostilities is a dangerous business and the US paid for that error in judgment.

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By Glen Wayne, November 11, 2009 at 2:29 pm Link to this comment

Poppy Pride     ePie     November 11th, 2009

They said don’t hide your poppy pride.
and they’re dead.. so were alive,
a myth as sordid as a syth.

Pure poppy pride.
Pride prep,
to even scores for future wars
and fatten bankers by the scores

Flowing fields of poppies take up the sun
Lordy!.. it’s war, as warriors prepare another run,
so those in style can smother anguish
as they languish by the pool
bronzed and glistening, yet glum
and reach for more Liebergoldman rum.

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By justacoincidencekeepmovingwatchtvbuystuff, November 11, 2009 at 1:57 pm Link to this comment
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I’m sure it’s a coincidence that this horror happened just as the PTB are pitching the need to ramp up the war in Afghanistan.  The “need” for us to hate the Islamic world had nothing to do with it.  That two others were taken into custody at first was just part of the general confusion.  Patsy?  Why the idea is just ridiculous.

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By montanawildhack, November 11, 2009 at 10:30 am Link to this comment

Blackspeare,,

I suggest you read “Assault on the Liberty” by James M. Ennes and then get back to me…  Your information on the Liberty incident sounds like it was gleaned from Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannidy…(2 flaming Zionist bottom wipers) 


ps “wildbananawhacker”  I like that!!!!!

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By nefesh, November 11, 2009 at 9:38 am Link to this comment

By ardee, November 11 at 9:51 am #

  Are you not prejudging the intnet of this man before any of the facts are in?

Yes, still “prejudging” - according to you, but I am satisfied making a regular, plain ol’ judgment now, with so much blood spilled, some of which hits very close to home, as I have noted earlier. Of course I am not the judicial system - let the process run its course with Hasan treated as ‘innocent until proven guilty’. I suspect he will be found very, very guilty. And then there’s this:

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Somnia/2204684/story.html


The Significance of Hasan’s Attire - Tarek Fatah (Ottawa Citizen-Canada)
  No one seemed to notice the significance of the attire that Maj. Nidal Hasan was wearing the morning of the killings. It was captured on a store surveillance video where he bought a coffee.
  Hasan was wearing the “shalwar-kameez,” the traditional attire worn by Pashtuns on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghan border. I have lived a decade in the Arab world and not once did I see an Arab wearing the shalwar-kameez.
  There is one particular group of Arabs who did embrace the garb of the Pashtuns - those who went to Afghanistan to wage jihad alongside al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

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By Blackspeare, November 11, 2009 at 9:35 am Link to this comment

Hey Wildbananawacker…

Your reality is a bit biased.  The USS Liberty was on a spying mission supplying intelligence on troop movements to both sides in an effort to make the war a stalemate of sorts.  It was a war zone and as such either the Egyptians or Israelis had the right to attack the spy ship on the basis of accepted war protocols——spying is always a capital crime during war!  Once the Israelis presented their evidence to the US authorities the matter was quickly hushed and swept under the rug.

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By nefesh, November 11, 2009 at 9:18 am Link to this comment

By ardee, November 11 at 9:51 am #

Are you not prejudging the intnet of this man before any of the facts are in?

No, I’m not.

But if you need to wait, that’s fine.

When this scum is tried and convicted of mass murder and treason, you will see the evidence of Hasan’s support and admiration of suicide bombers, his associations with known Al Qaeda connections, his postings on radical Islamic websites, testimony from medical school classmates about his outspoken radical beliefs, the undeniable premeditation of going on base with weapons he was not authorized to carry, eyewitness testimony of him shooting again and again, and then reloading in order to shoot more unarmed men and women, and his shouting “Allahu Akbar” while he kept pressing the trigger.

And if, by that point, you decide to join the rest of the truthdig conspiracy morons and bigots (you know who they are) who see Mossad and Halliburton behind everything, well, that’s your privilege too.

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By Louise, November 11, 2009 at 8:41 am Link to this comment

ardee,

“... the most heart wrenching moments came afterward when the Sergeant Major “called the roll”, a tradition after a battle. The standard responses of “Here, Sgt. Major” were punctuated by an almost deafening silence when he called the name and rank of one of the deceased.”

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I was equally touched when the names of those being honored at Fort Lewis yesterday were called out. This happens every time there is a memorial held for those killed in action. Something our men and women in the military are all to familiar with. Such Memorials have become a common occurence at Fort Lewis Washington.

Vice President Joe Biden’s heart wrenching comments need to be repeated for all those fixated on the horror of war. http://www.komonews.com/news/local/69696502.html

It seems to me, the ones who protest loudest miss the reality of what goes on every day inside the rank and file. If nothing more comes out of the tragedy at Fort Hood, I would hope it brings a few closer to the reality of what we expect from our military. And how frequently they give the ultimate.

In times of war ... and even when there is no war, we need a standing military. We owe them more than most of us can comprehend. We ignore them, look right through them, expect them to be there when we need them, and when we bother to think about them at all, we find fault with everything they do. So much easier to second guess from the safety of our keyboard.

It was fitting President Obama and his wife attended yesterday’s memorial at Fort Hood. But isn’t there something terribly wrong when it takes an act of violence by one man who slipped over the edge, to get the American people to stop and look at our military? A better question might be, how many would have bothered even then had the alleged shooter been a Christian or a Jew? Insanity, hatred and fear are not the exclusive property of one religion. If we bother to look, we can find it in all of them.

There’s a lot of babble about how come the military let this happen. Well how come the authorities in Florida let some nut open fire on his fellow citizens the next day? And how come the authorities in Oregon let some nut open fire on his fellow citizens yesterday? In fact how come all the authorities in every state in this nation have allowed some nut to open fire on his fellow citizens?

How come?

Because this is a free society and in a free society nuts are free to develop and grow. And were it any other way, were laws created to snoop and pry, and keep track of us all in an effort to prevent violence, we would all be very upset. And we would have every right to be!

Our military is an all volunteer military. They know exactly what they’re getting into. They make that choice, and come what may, have to stick with it until their tour of duty is over. Some cant hack it and find a way to get out early. Some don’t. I understand the alleged shooter at Fort Hood had tried to leave, but had he? Apparently not hard enough. And had he been successful, had he left the military, who’s to say he might not still have gone over the edge and done something just as horrible as a private citizen?

However any one of us may feel about Bush’s wars, the fact remains we are there. And the fact remains unless or until we clean up the mess Bush created, it does no good to call names, find fault and encourage the extreme frustration that drives an angry man to murder his comrades in arms. But then I guess that’s not even fair. When a man goes bonkers it happens. And the blame for that can not be laid on anyone but him.

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By ardee, November 11, 2009 at 5:51 am Link to this comment

nefesh, November 10 at 11:07 pm

Are you not prejudging the intnet of this man before any of the facts are in?

Virginia777, November 10 at 9:14 pm #

glad to hear you were enjoying yourself this afternoon, ardee

Your deliberate misinterpretation of what I made rather plain speaks volumes about you and nothing at all about me. In fact, your stupid words dishonor the respect for the dead I showed. But of course you do not care for any of that..

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By montanawildhack, November 11, 2009 at 3:54 am Link to this comment

Hey I’ve got a great idea….  Seeing as this memorial service was such a ratings getter, let’s have another one…. May I suggest a service for the 34 Americans murdered and 176 wounded by the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty…..  Then the media could speculate on whether Jews should be allowed in the US military…..  Just keepen’ it real boys and girls…...

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By Jason, November 11, 2009 at 1:48 am Link to this comment
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My oh my…so does this mean that the USA is going to respond to this tragedy in its all-too familiar and typical way?  Either by means of vengeance and/or using another third world country in Asia as a scapegoat for this event.  Forgiveness be damned in “Christian” America.  This concept will not even be considered. 

I hear that the guy who murdered the troops at Fort Hood is an American with Jordan ancestry.  Does this mean that the USA may invade Jordan sometime soon?  It would not surprise me in the least if the USA chooses to do this.

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By Blackspeare, November 10, 2009 at 8:08 pm Link to this comment

During the 9-11 fiasco, the US intelligence services failure to connect the dots was considered an aberration.  The slaughter at Fort Hood and the ensuing investigation is proving it was no aberration——the CIA and FBI are basically incompetent or are they just typical government workers?!

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By nefesh, November 10, 2009 at 7:07 pm Link to this comment

The 13 men and women fatally shot during the attack, in which Maj. Nidal Hasan is expected to be charged, were honored in the traditional manner for soldiers killed in battle

As it should be. This jihad-obsessed mass-murderer has once again brought the radical Islamic war to American soil. One of the victims worked in my office - he was just called up from reserves and had arrived at Fort Hood earlier that same day. He leaves behind a wife and kids.

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By Virginia777, November 10, 2009 at 5:14 pm Link to this comment

glad to hear you were enjoying yourself this afternoon, ardee

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By ardee, November 10, 2009 at 3:38 pm Link to this comment

My local NPR station carried the memorial service and I listened to it all. The speeches were fairly emotional, especially that of our speechifying President. But the most heart wrenching moments came afterward when the Sergeant Major “called the roll”, a tradition after a battle. The standard responses of “Here, Sgt. Major” were punctuated by an almost deafening silence when he called the name and rank of one of the deceased. Quite touching, and illustrative of the horror of this insane act.

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