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It's the Same War, Mr. President!

November 16, 2009

The first words out of a person's mouth, especially in a stressful or crisis situation, are often quite telling. Barack Obama, America's first openly Marxist president, is no exception. Even though his handlers had plenty of time to craft a message about the terrorist shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, this president's first reaction was to describe what he sees as the distinction between the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and this latest terrorist attack inside our borders.

Obama's exact words were, "It is difficult enough when we lose men and women in battles overseas. It is horrifying that they should come under fire at an army base on American soil."

Who do you think we are fighting "overseas," Mr. President? Do you imagine for a moment this is not the same enemy? Just because Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan didn't have a shiny new badge in his pocket reading "Junior Al-Qaeda Deputy," does not preclude him being in the enemy's camp. This particular terrorist was born and raised in Virginia, yet he identified himself as Palestinian. He joined the U.S. Army right out of high school, thereby allowing American taxpayers to pay his way through college, medical school, internship and residency over the last two decades.

We literally paid for Dr. Hasan to become a 21st century psychiatrist. Yet in the end, his backward, violent 7th century religious beliefs meant more to him than his own country and countrymen. His allegiance is with radical Islam, as evidenced by the fact that he murdered 13 innocent people and wounded 30 others. And lest you have any doubts about his jihadist intentions or where he allies himself in the War on Terror, he was yelling "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) before pulling the trigger.

Of course, the president and the collective leftist media are cautioning against "jumping to conclusions" around the whole politically incorrect notion that this was a clear act of terrorism. Frankly, it's a pretty short leap. Had this individual been some southern redneck named Billy Bob Jones shouting, "Jesus saves," while shooting down innocent people, the administration and the press would have been "jumping to conclusions" with both feet.

We are being overrun with tales of how this poor, confused man felt persecuted and harassed because of his Muslim faith. This man complained about American involvement in Muslim countries, advocated violence as a way to protest and tried to convert psychiatric patients to Islam! And after he shoots people, we're supposed to believe he is the victim?

The insinuation seems to be that a man who never saw a day of combat or spent one minute in a live war zone suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by listening, during counseling sessions, to stories of people who had. That's a bit like saying I'm entitled to slave reparations because I saw "Amistad."

As if there needed to be any clearer delineation of the integrity of true American soldiers versus the madness of Islamism, the reports are that as soon as he was neutralized, the other soldiers, his intended victims, took away his gun and immediately began working to save his life.

Jihadists cut off civilians heads with rusty knives and murder their own children in the name of the "Religion of Peace." American soldiers take only the lives necessary to keep us safe, and manage to save a life that even Hasan's own family has now denounced. These soldiers didn't do it because they had to, but because they followed their training. It is endemic to the American ideal that where mercy is given, mercy is shown. The moral relativism that says American soldiers are just as bad as the terrorists is beyond hypocritical. It is insanity. It is Orwellian "War is Peace/Hate is Love," insanity.

Our Muslim-sympathizer-in-chief, Barack Obama, wants us to believe this was an isolated incident with no connection to the Islamic extremism we are battling overseas; but clear thinking Americans know better. They understand it is the same war.

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Doug Patton describes himself as a recovering political speechwriter who agrees with himself more often than not. His weekly columns are syndicated by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. Readers are encouraged to email him at dpatton@cagle.comand/or to follow him on Twitter at @Doug_Patton.