President Barack Obama has not learned from the tragic lessons of the Fort Hood bloodbaths, says author Scott McEwen.
"We have two different situations here, and the president has blown both," McEwan told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV,'' referring to the tragic shootings at the Texas Army base in 2009 and last week.
McEwen, co-author of "Eyes on Target: Inside Stories from the Brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEALs,"
says Obama's resistance to calling the first attack terrorism
was a mistake.
In that attack, Nidal Malik Hasan, a U.S. Army major and psychiatrist, fatally shot 13 people and injured more than 30 others.
In the latest violence, in which Ivan Lopez killed three people and wounded 16 before turning the gun on himself, the shooter may not have gotten the help he needed.
"As to the first situation, we had a direct act of terror, and that guy was defined [as a terrorist] per se and everybody knows it at this juncture that he was working on behalf of foreign nations and foreign interests in doing that act of terror," McEwen said Wednesday.
"Now we have a situation where we have a soldier who it appears — and I haven't made my decision yet — but appears from the record was asking for help and was not getting it.
"It's really an epidemic we have right now, with not only situations such as this but all kinds of soldiers returning with war wounds and with issues that need to be helped and they really need to step up and do their job."
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John Gizzi, chief White House correspondent for Newsmax, agreed that the needs of war veterans are often forgotten.
"The way veterans have been overlooked, and frankly [mis]treated, in the last few years through cuts in the defense budget," Gizzi said.
"The administration should really have classified the first act as a terrorist act and done for Fort Hood what was required. This is not a pretty picture, but it is one that could have been avoided."
McEwan added that today's war veterans face more challenges.
"We have 10-year veterans returning from war zones, an experience that the United States has never had before even with our biggest wars," he said.
"Even with our World War Is, our World War IIs, our Vietnams, we didn't have that kind of repeated exposure to war zone that we have now, and there's a lot of guys and a lot of women that do need help.
"We need to focus as much as we can on doing what we can to get the proper amount of help to these guys."
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