Capitol Hill: Victims Of Domestic Terrorism Deserve Purple Heart
Hard to disagree with this:
Top lawmakers on Capitol Hill are challenging the U.S. military to rethink how it classifies terrorist attacks on U.S. soil after the Defense Department decided the 2009 attack at Fort Hood and the attack on a recruiting office in Arkansas were domestic killings rather than flash points in the global war on terrorism.
Those classifications mean the dozens who were wounded or killed at Fort Hood, Texas, and those killed or injured in Little Rock, Ark., were not eligible for Purple Heart medals — a ruling that House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter T. King and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman want to change.
In both the incidents above, the shooters have claimed to be part of al-Qaeda, so by their own statements, their victims should be considered casualties of the war on terror, and eligible for the Purple Heart. But some elements within the military want to stick their heads in the sand and pretend that these incidents weren’t connected to the conflict against al-Qaeda.
Of course, this may be another place where Lieberman doesn’t follow the party line, because the anti-war Democrats would love to keep these incidents from being classified as part of the war on terror.