Friday, February 4, 2011

Political Correctness kills

The official report on the Fort Hood shooting is out, and contains no surprises:
Today the Senate Homeland Security Committee released an independent report on the Ft. Hood shootings. The 91 page report is titled A Ticking Time Bomb: Counterterrorism Lessons from the US Government’s Failure to Prevent the Fort Hood Attack. The gist of it is that the FBI and Hasan’s superiors had more than enough information to prevent the shootings and likely would have done so if not for political correctness.
And by "contains no surprises", I mean contains no surprises.  I wrote about this almost 15 months ago, in the days following the shooting:
There's a saying in business, when you're doing competitive analysis. Don't look for your enemy's weakness - if he's dangerous, he'll fix that. Look for the weakness in his strength. He doesn't want to fix that.

Our strength, as western societies, is openness and tolerance. al Qaeda has found the weakness in that strength. We don't want to see what bumps up against that tolerance; actually, we're afraid to see. Afraid to be criticized as not tolerant we close our eyes, and that opens up tactical opportunities like Ft. Hood.
New readers will want to RTWT on that post, because it goes into detail on how al Qaeda has used that to win a huge strategic victory against us.

There is none so blind as he who will not see.


TinCan Assassin said...

Seems like hindsight is still 20/20...

Blue said...

That should make the Liberal deniers squirm....

Josh Kruschke said...

Tolerances is never a good thing.
Tolerance by implication is allowing something you believe to be harmfull or not rite to effect you.
The confusion is between it and keeping an open mind.
Most of the time it is used to tell people that they can't disigree with you or tell them they are wrong.
I wrote this as a response in my coments sectionand I think it fits here to.

"About PC as society progress and our understanding of what is exceptable language changes we would naturaly shun those using language we didn't aprove of. Pc now days is all about not offending anyone. You can tell all the racist white jokes you want I don't care as words only have the power you give them. I would rather know who I'm dealing with and mabe we can work out our differences.
I never know who I'm talking to anymore; as, we have sanitized our language to such an extent. Is what poeple say really what they believe or is it what they know they are suposed to say?"

"Have you ever met some whos says all the right things, but his actions never match his words?"