Even as the action of a crazed individual operating independently, Fort Hood threatens Obama's premise that greater friendliness toward Islam is a viable strategy for countering the Islamist threat. If the warning signs flashing from Hasan were ignored, the desire to avoid appearing prejudiced or unfair to Muslims may have been partly to blame. And this points to Obama's Muslim disadvantage. Almost immediately after the shooting, he faced renewed accusations that he has not taken the radical Islamist threat to American security—at home or in Afghanistan—seriously enough.
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