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Pentagon course: Mecca and Medina may have to be obliterated

2:56 pm - 05/13/2012
US military course taught officers 'Islam is the enemy'

Pentagon suspends course after study materials posted online suggested that Mecca and Medina may have to be obliterated

Associated Press in Washington
guardian.co.uk, Friday 11 May 2012 08.28 BST

A course for US military officers has been teaching that America's enemy is Islam in general and suggesting that the country might ultimately have to obliterate the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina without regard for civilian deaths, following second world war precedents of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima.

The Pentagon suspended the course in late April when a student objected to the material. The FBI also changed some agent training last year after discovering that it, too, was critical of Islam.

The teaching in the military course was counter to repeated assertions by US officials over the past decade that America is at war against Islamic extremists, not the religion itself.

"They hate everything you stand for and will never coexist with you, unless you submit," the instructor, Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dooley, said in a presentation last July for the course at Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. The college, for professional military members, teaches mid-level officers and government civilians on subjects related to planning and executing war.

Dooley also presumed, for the purposes of his theoretical war plan, that the Geneva conventions that set standards of armed conflict, are "no longer relevant".

He adds: "This would leave open the option once again of taking war to a civilian population wherever necessary (the historical precedents of Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki being applicable to the Mecca and Medina destruction decision point)."

His war plan suggests possible outcomes such as "Saudi Arabia threatened with starvation ... Islam reduced to cult status".

A copy of the presentation was obtained and posted online by Wired.com's Danger Room blog. The college did not respond to the Associated Press' requests for copies of the documents, but a Pentagon spokesman authenticated the documents. Dooley still works for the college, but is no longer teaching, said the joint chiefs of staff chairman, General Martin Dempsey. Dooley has refused to comment.

A military service record summary provided by army human resources at Fort Knox, Kentucky, shows that Dooley was commissioned as a second lieutenant upon graduation from the US military academy at West Point, New York, in May 1994. He has served tours in Germany, Bosnia, Kuwait and Iraq. He has numerous awards including a Bronze Star medal, the fourth-highest US combat award.

In what he termed a model for a campaign to force a transformation of Islam, Dooley called for "a direct ideological and philosophical confrontation with Islam", with the presumption that Islam is an ideology rather than just a religion.

He further asserted that Islam has already declared war on the west, and the US specifically.

"It is therefore illogical" to continue with the current US strategy, which Dooley said presumes there is a way of finding common ground with Islamic religious leaders, without "waging near total war".

The course on Islam had been taught since 2004, but was not part of the required core curriculum. It was offered five times a year, with about 20 students each time.

Though Dooley has been teaching at the college since August 2010, it was unclear when he took on that particular class, called Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism.

The joint staff suspended the course after it had received a student complaint, and within days Dempsey ordered all service branches to review their training to ensure other courses do not use anti-Islamic material.

On Thursday, Dempsey said the material in the Norfolk course was counter to American "appreciation for religious freedom and cultural awareness".

"It was just totally objectionable, against our values, and it wasn't academically sound," Dempsey said. "This wasn't about ... pushing back on liberal thought; this was objectionable, academically irresponsible."

In his July 2011 presentation on "counterjihad", Dooley asserted that the rise of what he called a "military Islam/Islamist resurgence" compels the US to consider extreme measures, "unconstrained by fears of political incorrectness".

He described his purpose as generating "dynamic discussion and thought", while noting that his ideas and proposals are not official US government policy and cannot be found in any current official defence department documents.

A Pentagon inquiry is seeking to determine whether someone above the professor's level is supposed to approve course materials and whether that approval process was followed in this case, said Colonel Dave Lapan, a spokesman for Dempsey.

The problem of negative portrayals of Islam in federal government is not new. A six-month review the FBI launched into agent training material uncovered 876 offensive or inaccurate pages that had been used in 392 presentations, including a PowerPoint slide that said the bureau can sometimes bend or suspend the law in counterterror investigations.

benihime99 13th-May-2012 03:21 pm (UTC)
WTF did I just read?
I can only applaud that student tbh
tilmon 13th-May-2012 04:14 pm (UTC)
Hurray for the unnamed student who uncovered this. No wonder US forces keep committing atrocities when the military leadership actively encourages it and so blithely talks of eradicating cities.
zeonchar 13th-May-2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
Having been in the military myself I can confirm that a lot of the training is slanted toward an "us vs. them" mentality. It's ridiculous how service members will degrade people of the country they are occupying and pretend they are elite and above them. I'm not saying all of them are like this, but this is a pervasive attitude throughout the military that I have seen just too much. Also, some of the training is not blatant, the discrimination is there, it's just a bit more subtle.

"He has numerous awards including a Bronze Star medal, the fourth-highest US combat award."

The Bronze Star is bullshit. I have served with officers who were desk jockeys and put in for Bronze Stars at the end of the tour just because they could because they were officers and something they did was meritorious, right? The write up's for these awards are a joke. They go out of the way to make anything they did while overseas seem like Saving Private Ryan.

girl_fusion 13th-May-2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
I totally f'ing second this!! As a former service member myself and having served side-by-side with infantry Marines, the article isn't that surprising to me (sadly). Some of the training given by senior non-commissioned officers are so blatantly racist or prejudice that you often can't believe what you're hearing. You're taught to hate and kill and nothing else.
zemi_chan 14th-May-2012 08:00 am (UTC)
Thankyou for saying this! When I read these types of articles I always wonder what people who have actually served in the military would say. It helps put things in perspective, definitely.

Also, thankyou for your service.
4o5pastmidnight 13th-May-2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
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moonshaz 14th-May-2012 06:31 am (UTC)
maenads_dance 14th-May-2012 04:57 am (UTC)
My father has spent twelve years teaching for the Naval War College. We're now at the Naval Postgraduate School's satellite campus for the NWC.

I have many qualms about what my father teaches - strategy and policy, ie how to plan wars and carry them out to achieve victory - because I have many qualms about war. But my father, and many of his colleagues (I can't vouch for all, but the ones I've met) are intellectually serious people. About fifteen/twenty years ago, Congress mandated that half the professors at service academies and colleges be civilians, specifically to counter the groupthink and us vs them ideology that can develop when courses are taught solely by officers.

One of the courses my father is teaching right now is about war termination, and about how to make peace so that war doesn't occur in the future. And he's holding up the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as examples of failed war termination - particularly Afghanistan, where essentially everyone agrees the country will descend into civil war after Nato pulls out.

There's good and bad in military postgrad instruction; I'm not defending the bad, but I do think I should try to say that there are smart, serious people who are not ideologically conservative, or christian, or bigoted.
hinoema 14th-May-2012 05:18 am (UTC)
Wasn't there a thing not too long ago about a Christian fundie group that was basically sponsoring indoctrination programs at military training centers? This sounds like their kind of idea.
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