Officials considered kicking Hasan out of the program but chose not to partly because firing a doctor is a "cumbersome and lengthy" process that involves hearings and potential legal conflict, sources told NPR.
Officials also believed they lacked solid evidence that Hasan was unstable and were concerned they could be accused of discriminating against him because of his Islamic identity or views.
The concerns about Hasan's performance and religious views were shared with other military officials considering his assignment after he finished his medical training, and the consensus was to send the 39-year-old psychiatrist to Fort Hood, an official told the Associated Press.
Hasan was characterized in the meetings as a mediocre student and lazy worker, a matter of concern among the doctors and staff at Walter Reed and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a military medical school in Bethesda, Maryland, an official told The Associated Press.
Fort Hood, one of the country's largest military installations, was considered the best assignment for Hasan because other doctors could handle the workload if he continued to perform poorly and his superiors could document any continued behavior problems, the official said.
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I do think that religion and race have become those political footballs that no one wants to touch with a ten-foot pole. I think that at this point, a middle eastern muslim man is much less likely to be identified and fired for being loony toons than a white Christian man. Ditto a person of color. Mainly, because no one wants to be stigmatized as being racist these days, and because these individuals can come back and suggest that their firing was really race/religion related. It's really hard to rebound from being labeled a racist, professionally speaking, even if the person really is completely incompetent.
That's a problem, from my perspective. It's a problem that is just as big as the whackadoos who think that all muslims are terrorists.
Those officials had a clear duty to act and they didn't because they were afraid someone might accuse them of being discriminatory. The facts would have supported them if they were indeed telling the truth. Career officers who didn't want to make waves and wanted to shovel a problem over to someone else. That's not PC, that's self serving cowardice of the worst kind.
I agree with you, it is indeed a dereliction of duty, and yet, I think that pretending that it isn't commonplace is absurd.
The problem with the PC excuse is that it is simply reflective of the person relying on it for their argument. It's either an intolerant scumbag masking his hatred of an entire group of people or it's someone with no spine to what needs to be done.
PC is like the economy. It doesn't actually exist like some people put forward. PC is a social phenomenon created by racists on all sides riding the pendulum. It's a tool of opportunity. It can be a weapon to be used by intolerant assholes to blame whole groups of people for things and it can be used an excuse to explain someones failure to do what's right. "Oh I could report him, I'd be accused of being discriminatory and I don't want that!"
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