It took the Obama administration two weeks to call the Benghazi assault a terrorist attack. In retrospect, that was a quick judgment by Obama administration standards. The government still classifies the Ft. Hood massacre as “workplace violence” three years later. The victims and their families are trying to change that.
The group, known as The Coalition of Fort Hood Heroes, is outraged that the Department of Defense only considers the incident “workplace violence” and not a terrorist attack.
Nearly half a dozen victims and families members came together and released a 14-minute YouTube video, Thursday, that documented the events of that tragic day and the changes that need to be made.
“Workplace violence is not a Muslim, Jihadist, terrorist in camouflage by wearing U.S. Army military uniform opening fire on unarmed, unprotected soldiers,” Spc. Logan Burnett said.
Burnett is just one of the half dozen survivors who told their story in hopes of getting change.
“Its not workplace violence it’s terrorism and I pray every night that somebody, somebody will finally care enough to make it what it really is,” Burnett said.
The victims and their families want the shooting classified as a terrorist attack so that they can get the combat-related special compensation that provides disability pay for medically retired service members.
The change would also make the victims eligible for Purple Hearts or medals for valor.
But the change opens up a political problem for the Obama campaign. Ft. Hood was obviously Islamic terrorism. The killer murdered Americans while shouting “Allahu ackbar!” He was inspired by terrorist preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, whom President Obama ordered killed in a drone strike overseas. But admitting that Ft. Hood was a terrorist attack admits that terrorists struck on American soil within the first year of Obama’s presidency. The admission blows a hole in Obama’s personal view of himself as the great peacemaker whose inauguration alone would end hostility toward the United States.
So politics won back in 2009, just as they briefly won after the Benghazi attack this year.