An interview with Newsmax.
"Expert: Obama's Fort Hood Terrorism Denial Dangerous," by John Rossomando in Newsmax, November 30:
President Barack Obama's failure to condemn Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's murderous rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, as a terrorist attack emboldens radical Muslims bent on attacking the United States, a noted author on the jihadist movement tells Newsmax.
Robert Spencer said he does not believe Hasan's actions in killing 13 and wounding 30 were those of a crazed lone gunman but are connected to a larger effort of Islamic terrorists to create havoc around the country.
"It's part of the larger wave of attacks that we have seen foiled recently in New York City; Denver, Colorado; Springfield, Illinois; Dallas; North Carolina; there have been others as well," Spencer told Newsmax.TV's Kathleen Walter. "All of these seem to be large-scale plans to create havoc in the name of Islam, and it seems to indicate there has been some decision perhaps in the obvious manifest weakness and indifference of the Obama administration toward the jihad threat."
Hasan's actions leading up to the Fort Hood massacre seem to confirm Spencer's suspicions that the former Army psychiatrist did not act without any connection to Islamic terror groups. He contacted a radical imam with terror sympathies and al-Qaida operatives, which Spencer says makes it clear that he wanted to align himself with terrorists.
"Whether he himself was successful or not indicates that a network exists and that it still is waging war against the United States," Spencer said. "One thing we can be certain of is that Nidal Hasan's attack will not be the last."
The president's failure to condemn the massacre as an act of Islamic terrorism makes the United States a global laughingstock among jihadists, said Spencer, who has written two books on Islam.
"I think they view him as weak, as someone who is intent on bringing about some sort of negotiations between the United States and Iran," Spencer said. "It shows in particular that he is willing to bend over backwards to deny and ignore reality.
"He's so intent, as he has said so many times, about building bridges of mutual respect with the Islamic world, and he's intent on showing that respect on the American side no matter how much disrespect he gets in return from the Islamic side."...