Brain Teaser: Obama Presidential Pardon for Maj. Hasan?
If you never heard of this world-famous guy, skip the four remaining paragraphs, it ain't for you. As an Army Major (and avowed soldier of Allah) Maj. Hasan murdered 13 unarmed people in 2009, at Ft Hood. While his crime was classified by the administration as "workplace violence", the particular workplace is subject to federal laws. The pardon power of the President extends only to offenses cognizable under federal law.
Either witlessly or intentionally, moves by the Obama administration have imbedded legacies to erode the nation's ability to recruit from what has been its most prominent base for decades --- among conservatives from the 'flyover' and southern states.
Military principles have been subverted by top-level decisions such as "leading from behind". Too many motivationally discouraging directives have been heaped upon our military leaders to recite, but consider one from this past Friday's "The Washington Free Beacon": "DOD Training Materials [Air Force] Call Conservatives ‘Extremists’".
On August 23, 2013, Hasan was declared guilty on all charges (13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder), and is eligible for the death penalty, with those deliberations to begin August 26, 2013. As to Major Hasan's punishment for conviction of mass homicides in an unarmed workplace, there were numerous delays preventing his speedy and fair trial. Did Hasan come up with all of the delays himself, or had he been coached in order to assure no sentencing until after Obama's possible re-election? What will be the continuing impact on military recruiting? Well, could thecontrast in the military service (Basra 1991) and (Fort Hood, 2009) of two Majors (also MDs) have been any greater?
The practically incessant delays (4 years versus 2 for Timothy McVeigh) in Hassan's trial attest to the Obama administration's desire for a final sentence of life imprisonment. Obama commands the U.S. military. When Obama issues his presidential pardons at the end of his term under Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution, whether or not Maj. Hasan receives a pardon (probably for compassionate reasons due to declining health) should clearly indicate whether the administration's demotivating impacts upon the world's finest military had been truly witless or were actually intended all along. Stayed tuned.
Submarines are always silent and strange.