John Lehman, a member of the 9/11 commission and Navy Secretary under President Ronald Reagan, said a reluctance to offend by including U.S. Army Maj Nidal Hasan's view of his Muslim faith and the U.S. military's activities in Muslim countries that may have triggered his alleged rampage shows how ingrained the concept of political correctness is, Time magazine reported Wednesday.
The Pentagon report's lack of discussion on Islamic extremism "shows you how deeply entrenched the values of political correctness have become," Lehman told Time Tuesday. "It's definitely getting worse, and is now so ingrained that people no longer smirk when it happens."
Leaders of the two-month Pentagon review said last week they didn't delve into Hasan's motives because the report was focused on actions and effects, not motivations.
But the lack of motive may have meant no massacre of 13 people, observers said.
"The report demonstrates that we are unwilling to identify and confront the real enemy of political Islam," a former military colleague of Hasan told Time. "Political correctness has brainwashed us to the point that we no longer understand our heritage and cannot admit who, or what, the enemy stands for."
Sen. Joseph Lieberman, Ind-Conn., said he was "disappointed" in the report because it didn't "adequately recognize" the threat Islamist extremism posed to U.S. military.