Obama Visits Fort Hood


In a carefully worded speech this afternoon at Fort Hood, President Obama stood among impromptu memorials for the thirteen fallen soldiers and spoke about last week’s tragedy. “It may be hard to comprehend the twisted logic that led to this tragedy,” he said. “But this much we do know: No faith justifies these murderous and craven acts. No just and loving God looks upon them with favor. And for what he has done, we know that the killer will be met with justice, in this world and the next.” According to the Times, he avoided connecting the attack by Major Nidal Malik Hasan to terrorism, and he did not use the word “Muslim” once in his address. He did, however, address diversity in the military, noting that our servicemen and women are “white, black and brown; of all faiths and stations — all Americans, serving together to protect our people, while giving others half a world away the chance to lead a better life.” He also met privately with survivors and families of the victims.

Obama Mourns Victims of Fort Hood Shootings [NYT]