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Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, available exclusively at

Here’s an anniversary that, even after the Pensacola (and Pearl Harbor) shootings, doesn’t seem to have been mentioned in the Main Stream Media: the Fort Hood massacre, which occurred just over ten years ago, on November 5th, 2009.

In that incident a crazy Muslim, Army Major Nidal Hasan, the son of Palestinian immigrant parents, murdered thirteen people at Fort Hood Army base in Texas. Subsequently, General George Casey, Chief of Staff of the United States Army, went on Meet the Press and told us—this is an actual quote—

The military benefits from diversity … Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.

I spun an entire angry 37-minute Radio Derb podcast out of that bit of lunacy (November 13, 2009). It was rather dark, I’m afraid. I’ll just replay for you the signoff segment, which gives the general tone of the thing.:

There you have it, listeners. Twilight in the American empire. But let’s look on the bright side: We have our toys, our cell phones, our twitters, and our flat-screen TVs.

And we still have our ideological purity. When that great glowing mushroom cloud rises over some American city to cries of “Allahu Akbar!” from the bombers, we shall be able to reflect that however many casualties there are—ten million, twenty million—at least diversity was not among them.

Yes, they can murder our soldiers, fly planes into our buildings, terrorize our capital with sniper shootings, but they can never call us racist! Reflect on that, citizens, and glow with pride … while waiting for the day when you’ll be glowing with something different.

Still, let’s give thanks for small mercies: At least the killings last Friday, December 6th, at Pensacola Naval Air Station by a native Saudi airman did not prompt any comments from the Joint Chiefs as bone-crushingly stupid as General Casey’s remark ten years ago.

Possibly our Ruling Class learned from that occasion that it is politically unwise to state the articles of their ideological faith out loud on nationwide TV at certain times and places. Better to keep quiet about them right after they have been so obviously exposed as false.

Or possibly not. Whatever caution our rulers may have acquired about airing their ideological dogmas too publicly at inopportune moments, their faith in those dogmas remains unshakeable. Which is why they’ve sent the Fort Hood Massacre down the Memory Hole.

Thus, from the website, Sample quote from the story:

Members of the House Armed Services Committee’s personnel subcommittee told leaders from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps that they fall short when it comes to minorities serving in leadership positions, especially in the senior officer ranks.

“Despite the significant efforts made by the services, there are still areas for improvement, specifically the services must redouble their efforts to improve diversity among the officer corps,” subcommittee ranking member Rep. Trent Kelly, R-Miss., said during the Dec. 10 hearing.

Congress Wants More Diversity In The Ranks Of Military Generals, by Matthew Cox, December 11, 2019

Executive summary: America needs more Major Nidal Hasans!

One more time( I’m going to keep repeating this in the hope that one day it will sink in): Large-scale diversity is not a strength or a blessing: it is a blight and a curse. Anyone whose eyes are properly set opposite the holes in his face can see that plainly.

A little diversity does no harm. It may actually improve things, like salt in your stew. If you dump a whole box of salt into your stew, though, you no longer have stew. You no longer have anything you’d want to eat.

Some countries, like ours, have been cursed with diversity from their founding. As civilized people, we must just do the best we can to accommodate that original diversity, while cleaving firmly to the Prime Directive not to make things worse.

This isn’t hard to see; it isn’t hard to understand…unless, for social or psychological reasons, you are resolutely determined not to see it and not to understand it.

The perp in last Friday’s Pensacola shooting was Royal Saudi Air Force 2d Lt Mohammed Alshamrani. He opened fire in a pilot-training class, killing three classmates and injuring at least eight before being shot dead himself by sheriff’s deputies. The King of Saudi Arabia has expressed his sincere condolences to the bereaved.

There are a number of things to be said about all that.

The first thing, of course:

  • “We’re training Saudi pilots? After what happened on September 11th, 2001? When the people who made it happen were—Hel-LOOOO!

I have been remarking for years, e.g. March 2017, that

The most astonishing statistic of our age is that our country admitted more Muslims for settlement in the fifteen years after 2001 than we did in the fifteen years prior.

I didn’t state the half of it. We haven’t just been admitting them, we’ve been admitting them for pilot training!

That rumbling sound you hear under your feet is Satan and his daemons rolling around on the floor of Hell laughing uncontrollably at our stupidity.

The second thing to be said, although this one’s kind of personal:

  • 2d Lt Alshamrani’s foul deed denies me one more opportunity to float the word “absimilation,” which I coined in my world-wide best-seller We Are Doomed, also ten years ago.

Just to remind you, although I know that faithful readers of course need no reminding, absimilation is the opposite of assimilation. When the second and subsequent generation from immigrant stock learn to conform to the host society, that’s assimilation. When the second generation is even more crazy and alien than the first, that’s ab-similation.

Absimilation is awfully common, especially among Muslims. First-generation Pakistani Muslims in England did factory and clerical work, opened little stores, bought row houses in old working-class neighborhoods, and respected host society values. The jihadi cells and the suicide bombers are second- and third-generation. Absimilation.

Major Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood killer, is a case of absimilation. 2/Lt. Alshamrani, the Pensacola shooter, is a Saudi native, so no absimilation here. That doesn’t stop me trying to float my word again.

The third to be said:

  • the Saudi king’s gracious condolences. “Sincere”? Yeah, right.

We all know the game the Saudis are playing. Show a smiley face to the American public; splash money around in Washington, DC, wining and dining our congresscritters; give those big fat contracts to our defense industries; and all the time very quietly pass money and information to the jihadists in the hope the crocodile will eat the Saudi Royal Family last.

Why don’t we just cut the Saudis off, chopping our relationship down to the most minimal of diplomatic relations?

Old friends from my Wall Street days tell me there could be dire economic consequences. Not oil—we’ve got that nicely covered for ourselves now—but second-order stuff to do with the Saudis being major players in the capital and currency markets.

Eh, maybe. How bad could it be, though? As bad as 2008? We weathered that all right.

Fiat justitia ruat caelum, I say: Let justice be done though the sky falls.

Let’s dump the Saudis. And get to work on absimilation.

John Derbyshire [email him] writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him.) He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books. He has had two books published by com: FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle) and FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT II: ESSAYS 2013.

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  1. False flag, but mishandled as usual.

    • Disagree: Hail
  2. Duke84 says:

    San Bernadino was also quickly forgotten about.

  3. Hail says: • Website

    When that great glowing mushroom cloud rises over some American city to cries of “Allahu Akbar!” from the bombers, we shall be able to reflect that however many casualties there are—ten million, twenty million—at least diversity was not among them.

    Come to think of it, I am surprised this hasn’t happened yet. (Anywhere, not just the US.)

    • Replies: @2stateshmustate
  4. Hail says: • Website

    General George Casey, Chief of Staff of the United States Army, went on Meet the Press and told us—this is an actual quote—

    The military benefits from diversity … Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.

    Who is this Gen. George Casey? As it is not really a household name, 98 or 99 of 100 readers could be excused for knowing very little or nothing about him.

    And what has he been up to in the past ten years since delivering that Nov. 2009 cringe-worthy diversity-worship line?

    Here is what I find on his background and life up to army retirement in 2011; sources: mainly 2000s-era Boston Globe articles, which generally celebrate him as a local-son-who-made-good (note, wikipedia is of limited use for him, as the current wiki for him, besides being sparse, gets even his birth year and birthplace wrong); see the second half of this comment for his 2011 to 2019 activities:

    GEORGE CASEY, JR. (Life profile up to retirement in 2011)
    – born July 1948 “in Sendai, Japan, where his father, Major General George W. Casey Sr. was stationed;” (Father George W. Casey Sr.: 1922-1970; Boston Irish-Catholic origin; attended Harvard College in the early 1940s; West Point, Class of 1945; killed in Vietnam);
    1950s to 1966: Moves around often as “army brat,” but is most tied to his parents’ native Boston (“When people ask where I’m from, I say Scituate [i.e., greater Boston South Shore];” “Casey’s father was from Allston, his mother from West Roxbury, and the family spent summers on the South Shore;”
    June 1966: Graduates from Boston College High School (Jesuit), Massachusetts; applies to West Point but is declined, instead goes to Georgetown University;
    1970: earns BA, International Relations, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service; had been in ROTC and upon graduation is commissioned into US Army; he “planned to stay only two years in the Army and then attend law school, but he enjoyed the Army life and commanding troops, and made the service his career;”
    – ca. 1970: Marries Sheila Lynch — Two sons born ca. 1971 and 1973 (Sean and Ryan);
    1970s: Minor command roles within the army;
    1980: Earns MA, International Relations, University of Denver;
    1981: Spends a year in Egypt in his first foreign deployment — “I ended up spending a week at a time on the Suez Canal, myself and three Russian officers” (from 2019 interview);
    1980s?: At least one deployment in Germany;
    1989 to June 1991 (i.e., including entirety of the first war against Iraq): Serves as “special assistant to the Army chief of staff, Gen. Carl E. Vuono;”
    Early and mid 1990s: Apparently principally tied to the Pentagon;
    mid 1996 to mid 1997: Holds a command role in Bosnia as part of a bizarre NATO mission to prop up Muslim militias in the Balkans against Christian ones;
    1998 and 1999: Gen. Casey is “an important participant on the military’s Joint Staff in coordinating policy for the Kosovo air war in 1999;”
    July 1999 to July 2001: Commander, US 1st Armored Division;
    Oct. 2001 to Jan. 2003: Serves as Director of Strategic Plans and Policy, US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon, staying on through Oct. 2003 at another high Joint Chiefs position;
    Oct. 2003 to June 2004: Serves as Vice Chief of Staff, US Army;
    July 2004 to Feb. 2007: Serves as the senior US (“coalition”) commander in Iraq, a move pushed for by Paul Wolfowitz, who praises Gen. Casey, saying he “has very much the right demeanor for the supporting role we have to be in Iraq” (NYT interview, early July 2004);
    2007: Buys “a rambling home a block from the beach” in South Shore, Massachusetts;
    April 2007: Appointed Chief of Staff of the US Army;
    Nov. 2009: After a mass killing by a Muslim US Army officer, Casey somberly delivers to the nation the following Steve-Sailer-parody-like line: “[A]s horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse;”
    April 2011: Retires from US Army after about 40 years and ten months in uniform;


    Now, and more interestingly, what next for figures like this?

    This was a man close to the top of the US military apparatus in the 1990s and 2000s, and at the very top tier from 2007 to 2011. It’s not unfair to say he was, formally/nominally, one of the most powerful people in the world in the 1990s and (especially) 2000s. What can these kinds of figures expect after retirement?

    At his retirement in April 2011, he was still only 62 years old, and in good health; he stands to have, with some luck, 25, 30, maybe even 35 good years of post-army life, healthy in body and mind.


    Here is Gen. George Casey (ret.)’s post-military CV (from his Cornell profile):


    – [Current] Distinguished Visiting Lecturer of Leadership at the S. C. Johnson College of Business, Cornell University;

    – Currently serving as Rice Family Professor of Practice and teaching International
    Relations at the graduate level at the Korbel School, University of Denver;

    – Lecturing internationally on leadership to the leaders of national and international companies (e.g., CocaCola, Caterpillar, Coca-Cola Bottling, Africa, the National Australian Bank, the states of Victoria and New South Wales (Australia), Amazon, TDAmeritrade, USAA, Pentagon Federal Credit Union and General Electric) and at business schools (e.g., Cornell, Columbia, Yale, Denver and the University of North Carolina);

    – 2011—present: Member, Governing Board, Colt Defense, a leading designer,
    developer and manufacturer of small arms.
    – 2012—July 2017: Member, Board of Directors, FedBid, a reverse-auction
    marketplace for government and business.
    – 2013—October 2015: Member, Board of Directors, Viridis Learning, an
    education technology company that matches students, skills and employers.
    – 2013—present: Member, Board of Trustees, Home Builders’ Institute, a
    national leader for career training in the building industry.
    – 2012—January 2016: Member, Board of Advisors, Robertson Fuel Systems, a
    leader in survivable fuel systems for aircraft and vehicles.
    – 2012—present: Member, Board of Advisors, RallyPoint, a networking platform
    for veterans and military professionals.
    – 2012—present: Consultant, Pentagon Federal Credit Union.
    – 2013—July 2015: Consultant, EchoSecure, LLC, a global leader in blended
    – 2013—present: Consultant, TechWerks, LLC, a leader in resilience training and
    – 2014-present: Member, Board of Advisors, Odgers Berndtson, a leading
    executive search and organizational leadership firm.
    – 2014-present: Member, Georgetown University Board of Directors.
    – 2015-present: Member, Board of Advisors, Streetshares, a crowd-sourcing firm
    for Small Businesses and veterans.
    – 2016-present: Consultant, Sharecare, a health care management platform.
    – 2017-present: Member, Board of Advisors, Sarcos, a global leader in dexterous
    robotic systems.



    In a word, Gen. George “If Our Diversity Becomes a Casualty, I think That’s Worse” Casey, Jr., is doing great. A very cushioned landing.

    The system rewards those loyal to it with riches and prestige. The man is probably making very good money with these positions and consultancies, despite many of them they will only collectively amount to less than a full-time monthly commitment, and are likely to be more fun than work.

    Alternative scenario game: What if Gen. George Casey had, in Nov. 2009, slammed Muslims and worked behind the scenes to reduce the number of Muslims in the US Army, and such was eventually revealed by the media? What would his post-army CV look like?

  5. unit472 says:

    I’m waiting for Michael Bloomberg to call for banning the sale of firearms to foreign nationals. Nothing in the 2nd Amendment precludes it. In fact, one of the major problems George Washington had to overcome was armed foreign nationals.

    If we had such a law the instant this Saudi lieutenant showed up at a Pensacola gun store to buy his Glock a background check would have revealed his status and he could have been sent back to the Kingdom and been MBS’s problem.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
  6. I don’t do this often, but since it fits, I’ll repeat a comment I made under the iSteve post on this attack last week, regarding (especially-Saudi) Moslems training to fly in the US:

    It’s also important that we keep feeling up kids and taking little old ladies out of their wheelchairs to be ABSOLUTELY SURE that they won’t go taking over an airliner. Those Saudi guys in the US Air Force? Well, they are being taught how to land (this time) by our top military instructor pilots, so nothing like that should happen again. Sure, the jet he flies often has missiles hanging off of it, but … this guy took an oath… it’s those American passengers that are the ones that can’t be trusted. Terrorism has no color!

    I’m also amazed that the Ft. Hood murders were 10 years ago. Time (and stupidity) flies in Clown World, and the rise toward Peak Stupidity.

  7. @Hail

    Thank you Hail, for all these bios you put up to try to explain the stupidity or evil in these people. I can guess what the problem is with REPUBLICAN Rep. Kelly of Miss with his ““Despite the significant efforts made by the services, there are still areas for improvement, specifically the services must redouble their efforts to improve diversity among the officer corps,”. He cares much more about fitting in in Washington and not being one of those outcasts than he does about the future of America. See “The Cocktail Party theory of Political Stupidity”.

  8. “Let’s dump the Saudis.”

    Whatever happened to neutron bombs?…..Those salutary cleansing devises that annihilated the carbon-based organisms but left the turbines spinning and the derricks pumping?

  9. I have a theory that absimilation is most likely to occur when immigrants settle in ethnic enclaves and raise their children in those enclaves. If the kids grow up with legacy American neighbors and friends, and go to school with legacy Americans (this is one case where homeschooling is a bad idea), they’ll usually assimilate just fine.

    I’m personally acquainted with two brothers, aged 40 and 42, whose parents are both immigrants from China. The brothers were raised in mostly-white neighborhoods in Florida, California and Arizona and went to mostly-white schools. Today they are what Derb once referred to as “Chinese-shaped Americans.” They live in mostly-white cities (under 10% Asian), their wives are white, their friends (at least all the ones I’ve met) are white–in short, they’re culturally indistinguishable from white legacy Americans.

    Or consider Derb’s own children. They’re racially mixed, and both parents are immigrants. But they’ve grown up in a suburb that’s mostly white and under 5% Asian. I’ve never met them, but I’d bet the house that they speak English without anything like a British or Chinese accent, have mostly white friends, and are culturally American in every way that matters.

    • Replies: @Jim bob Lassiter
  10. @Hail

    It that happens you can bet your ass it will be a false-flag attack by our Jew/Israeli friends.

    • Replies: @arpy
  11. Anon[300] • Disclaimer says:

    Rep. Kelly’s District 1 is only 28% black, so I don’t understand all of his shameless pandering.

    Now if he was in 67% black District 2 I would understand it.

    Must mean the SJW liberal influence of Ole Miss.

  12. @Hail

    “– 2011—present: Member, Governing Board, Colt Defense, a leading designer,
    developer and manufacturer of small arms.”

    So is he personally responsive for this:

    • Replies: @Hail
  13. As long as the right continues to hitch its wagon to friend of the Saudis and all around con-man Donald Trump, I don’t see much hope that the US will ever really wake up. We prefer the rhetoric and spectacle, which Trump is very good at providing, to the hard and dangerous work of actually fixing our society.

  14. Hail says: • Website
    @Joe Stalin

    Colt will stop making AR-15s for civilian sale

    Civilians? Who cares.” — Gen. George Casey, Jr. (retired)

    (Not guaranteed to be an actual quote)

  15. EdwardM says:

    Perhaps a fourth takeaway:

    being shot dead himself by sheriff’s deputies.

    Sheriff’s deputies had to come on the base to restore order. I wonder how long it took them to get past the perimeter and find their way to the kill zone?

    Yes, military bases are basically gun-free zones. Insane. What happens if a company-size contingent of stealthy enemy operatives storms a base?

    • Replies: @Joe Joe
  16. “A little diversity does no harm. It may actually improve things, like salt in your stew.” Not if the diversity is Chinese, like your Chinese family.

    Here are Jared Taylor and Paul Kersey babbling about Chinese anchor babies and Chinese espionage in America: The Chinese espionage starts at the 28 min. mark.

    Are you still planning to give your asinine Artic-Asian alliance speech at the AmRen conference in 2021?

  17. Mike-SMO says:

    Pensacola should not be a surprise since the U.S. has befriended Crown Prince MbS who is cleaning out the prior regime members. I’d look to see who the shooter’s “sponsor” is. The Pensacola attack is probably just routine tribal politics. “You hurt mine. I kill yours.” The Saudi Kingdom was all palls with Kerry, Clinton, Obama, Biden, et al. All those Saudis seem to be gone. Poor Babies are all upset, just like Nancy. The Obama, Clinton, Biden, Kerry and their friends probably had a great deal going skimming arms to ISIS and cash to the Bearded Ladies. The Ukraine was small potatoes for a bit of Mad-Money for the peanut gallery. The ISIS oil sales, protected by the Obama Administration, until Putin took a shot were just a little on the side for whomever needed a taste. If you remember, the Israelis were still “enemies” of the Arabs when most of that was going on and oil was not that easy to come by.

    President Trump changed the rules of that game and the Corruptocrats will hate him forever because of that. The Secret Service and Marines must have a pretty secure perimeter around the White House.

  18. Joe Joe says:

    I don’t know anything about the security at army forts but aren’t there armed MPs guarding the gates who could have shot the madman???

  19. @Rex Little

    “I’ve never met them, but I’d bet the house that they speak English without anything like a British or Chinese accent, have mostly white friends, and are culturally American in every way that matters.”

    How much will you bet?

    • Replies: @attilathehen
  20. @Joe Joe

    Army “forts” are gun free zones except for MPs and when guns are actually being used in training exercises.

  21. @Jim bob Lassiter

    [Stop your endless off-topic ranting or most of your future comments will get trashed.]

    • Replies: @Hail
    , @Jim bob Lassiter
  22. Hail says: • Website

    Thank you, bold-italic-bracketed-writing mystery overseer.

    There is conceivably one kind of thread wherein attilathehen’s one-note, ad-hominem-leaning comments on Mr. D’s family present a useful perspective, but not in a thread about Muslim mass shootings in the US military and ten-years-on retrospective on the Ft. Hood massacre. (In partial fairness to attilathehen, she didn’t bring it up this time.)

  23. Hibernian says:
    @Joe Joe

    This was at a Naval Base; there are very few if any Marines except at amphibious bases which Pensacola isn’t. Security would be handled by Navy Masters-at-Arms.

  24. @attilathehen

    Tell me more. Have you ever heard Derbyshire speak (in person or in a podcast)? I would win the bet with Rex Little on that alone. I like to win bets. Your are apparently too obtuse to recognize a winning opportunity to bet. What is the cranial capacity of a hen anyway?

  25. arpy says:

    It was jointly leaked by the US Navy and the Israeli Defense Forces that the nuclear 9/11 scenario had been set up. This was published in several major newspapers in October 2003 (as best I remember). The articles did not point out USA as a potential target, they stated Iran was the intended target.

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