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November 6th, 2009
09:00 PM ET

The fog of war envelops Fort Hood

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Bob Greene
CNN Contributor

It is a phrase that has for centuries been associated with human conflict:

"The fog of war."

It refers to the uncertainty and confusion that accompanies battle - both the violent encounters themselves, and the planning that puts soldiers onto specific fields of combat.

The fog of war - frustrating, endless, lethal - can be haunting, an enemy in itself.

At Fort Hood in Texas this week, the fog was present. The November afternoon was clear and bright, yet the invisible fog covered everything.

From the first reports of gunfire at the Army base, to the contradictory accounts about where on the base the killing might be going on; from the frenzied uncertainty about how many assailants there could be, to the initial speculation that outsiders with deadly intent may have made their way onto the grounds; from the announcement that the suspected gunman was dead, to the revised statement hours later that he was still alive. ...

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  1. HJ

    I don't know how you can expect someone who has to agree to send healthy young men into war and see them coming back with various mental and other problems will go himself into warzone.
    And if he is trained as a psyciatrist himself, he knows how to avoid beeing detected as someone who will do something like this. And this has nothing to do with his religion – it's just a very old human behavior to cope with the fear! (There are different ways, but this man unfortunately choose this horrible way)
    This is not an excuse for his doing! The people in charge have to find other ways to find those who are like him.
    Our thoughts are with the families who have lost a loved one!

    November 6, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  2. Cindy

    This shooting definitely has to shake the residence of Fort Hood for sure! I mean they are on our own soil and should be safe and sound from harm and then this happens. Has to make them a little leery now.

    Cindy..Ga.

    November 6, 2009 at 12:12 pm |