We didn’t have the German-American Bund approving how we taught our soldiers about Nazism during World War II. But Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta are in effect giving that power to the Committee on American Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America and other pressure groups when it comes to what and how our warfighters learn about Islamist terrorism.
The pressure groups’ target since this spring has been Lt. Col. Matt Dooley, a West Point-trained, 20-year Army veteran who did six operational and combat tours in the Middle East (including Iraq) before coming to teach at the Joint Forces Staff College, where he was a graduate himself.
Hiring Dooley for the JFSC shows the Army at its best: letting those with experience in the field teach those without. And by every report, his course on Islamic radicalism became one of the most popular in the college — as well as being, by JFSC’s own standards, both academically rigorous and intellectually stimulating. Officer Evaluation Reports called him “clearly the best of our new instructors” with “unsurpassed potential for future promotion and service.”
Unsurpassed, that is, until CAIR & Co., abetted by Wired magazine, weighed in — and Dempsey and Panetta fell for their deliberate distortion of what Dooley was teaching.
Wired’s Spencer Ackerman quoted a guest lecturer, a former FBI agent, suggesting that as Islam increases in strength, so will the violence. The article also cited a slide from a Dooley lecture as supposedly advocating “total war” against Islam, with the atomic attack on Hiroshima as historical precedent.
What Ackerman failed to mention was that the slide arguing for nuclear strikes was part of a fictional scenario, in which terrorists had grabbed Pakistan’s nukes and were using them against American cities — and that Dooley had made it clear that none of his lectures, or those of guest speakers, reflected official US policy.