On Friday April 10th on Fox and Friends, Ted Cruz told the Army that he planned to fight them over benefits for the shooting victims of Nidal Malik Hasan at Fort Hood. He declared that congress had passed a law to award the victims the purple heart with the understanding that would provide them with the benefits they deserved. So, to say he was angry over their treatment would be an understatement.
On Thursday April 16th, the Army surrendered. The Army announced that they would be granting full benefits to all the victims, ending the “workplace violence” myth. This has to be welcome news to the victims and their families, some of whom lost everything because they were robbed of their benefits. They should thank Cruz.
Why Cruz? Let me ask you a question. How many presidential candidates spoke out for the victims unless it was because a reporter asked them about it? I don’t remember any. Do you? The Army says it relented after reevaluating the circumstances. I don’t believe a word of it. The incident happened five years ago. They had dozens of chances to “reevaluate” the decision. So, why now? Ted Cruz has increased his popularity over the past few weeks. This was a fight they could not win. Either with legislation that democrats could not afford vote down nor did they want to go head to head against Cruz, where they would get badly battered in the court of public opinion.
The Army knows better than to go into battle in a fight they can’t possibly win for a prize that’s not worth having. I am sure they had to have Obama’s permission first.
Courtesy of Red Statements.