My feeling on the official reaction to Ft. Hood mirrors that at the time of the USS Cole attack. Policy drives strategy. You'd likely get a much different reaction from the uniformed talking heads away from any recording devices. Not so sure about the elected boobs and their spokespuppets. Dan Riehl, for one, isn't impressed by the Campaigner in Chief. Rhetoric and a couple of bucks will get you coffee at Starbucks.
While I'm here at the dealership trying to squeeze a couple more years out of the '02 PT Cruiser, the iPod Shuffle is a great way to block out the CNN drones on the flat panel. Some jackass grilling the head of the Veteran's Administration (from memory)
Clown: "Is it possible that you've got a lot of work to do to support veterans suffering from PTSD? What are you going to do to get it done?"
The reason I don't have a cabinet-level job is that I would shred the idiot:
"First, you ask a question, and then assert your desired answer in the follow-on. Second, you treat the topic as though it were some mathematical problem with a closed-form solution. Why don't you quit treating your audience and me like idiots, and we can have a discussion."
Rush is far less pathetic than CNN. Fifteen years ago they released a rather grungy outing called Counterparts. The second track on there, "Stick it Out" has a lyrical passage that seems apropos the rampant gutlessness on display from senior leadership concerning Fort Hood:
Each time we bathe our reactions"Stick it Out" is followed by "Cut to the Chase" which does a fine job of recovering the mood. Maybe someday these words will bring BHO to mind:
In artificial light
Each time we alter the focus
To make a wrong move seem right
You get so used to deception
You make yourself a nervous wreck
You get so used to surrender
Running back to cover your neck
You may be rightOK, I don't seriously expect that, either. But one can wish, even if hope has that scuttled look.
It's all a waste of time
I guess that's just a chance
I'm prepared to take
A danger I'm prepared to face
Cut to the chase