McCain calls Ft. Hood shootings “act of terror” in Louisville speech

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by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 11, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 11 at 7:15 PM

In Louisville for the opening of the archives of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Arizona Senator John
McCain (R-AZ) told the assembled crowd that the attack by Nidal Hasan on U.S. Soldiers at Fort Hood was "an act of terror."
 
McCain says he wants an investigation to answer many questions, adding it is "unacceptable" that warning signs
were ignored, leaving Hasan to carry out the barbaric shootings.
 
"I believe it was an act of terror," McCain said.
 
Described by U of L President James Ramsey on this Veterans Day as America's most recognized and renowned veteran,
John McCain shared his scorn for the military's lack of attention to "disturbing behavior" and islamic extremist views of
the shooting suspect.
 
"I think we ought to make sure that political correctness never impedes national security or impacts it,"  McCain said to
applause.
 
Speaking to reporters later, McCain expounded on his "terror" remarks, "the individual decided that he was not only against
the war, but that his religion somehow dictated that he would act in the most barbaric fashion.  So, I believe that what
he committed is an act of terror, and the depth of his ingratitude is really remarkable," McCain said, explaining that the
shooting suspect had received the benefits of military service but, when deployed overseas, instead attacked fellow soldiers.
 
"The fact is," McCain continued, "it was an act of terror when you are on a military base, and you are a trusted member of
the military, a commissioned officer, and you kill your fellow members of the military, motivated obviously by his
view of the extremist interpretation of an honorable religion."
 
McCain was in Louisville to honor Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao
as their joint archives opened today. 
 
It was a remarkable political union considering how the two Senators have clashed over the years.  McCain once accused
McConnell of the "Most egregious incident" Of corruption he had seen in the Senate.
 
McCain was contrite as he addressed McConnell's constituents.
 
"Thanks also, Mitch for your patience and courtesy you've shown me over the years even when I've severely tested
your goodwill,"  McCain said.
 
"Mitch McConnell and I have differed from time to time on issues, but our differences have always been marked by
profound respect,"  McCain said.
 
McConnell called McCain a "colleague and friend" and spoke of his hopes that the archives and the McConnell
Scholars program teaches valuable lessons about governance.
 
"And the value of the two party system which forces us to make compromises that often lead to a better product
 for the American people,"  McConnell said.
 
The longest serving senator in Kentucky history made clear the archives do not signify the end of his career.
 
"God willing, I intend to spend many more years in the Senate.  I have more enthusiasm for my work than ever.
 And I feel very much at the top of my game," he said.
 
Mccain called on Democrats to at least give McConnell a seat at the table during health care negotiatons.
 
"I don't see why the leader of the Republican Party should not be called into at least to have our views ventilated,"
McCain complained.
 
McConnell promised that the Senate will be as deliberate in health care overhaul debate as any other consequential
legislation, and expressed dismay that Democrats were attempting to rush the process.
 
"We simply do not agree with the approach,"  McConnell said, "I think in the Senate as has been the case as long as I've
been there, any matters of controversy will require 60 votes."
 
As he honored fellow veterans on Veterans Day, McCain said the men and women in the military are getting very
nervous about President Obama's "lack of decision making" regarding strategy and troop levels in Afghanistan.
 
"It requires resources, a part of which is a sufficient number of troops.  And the worst thing that we can do,
the worst thing that we can do is have half-measures which send our men and women into harms way but are not
sufficient resources and numbers in order to get the job done."

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