Noah Shachtman at Danger Room has a horrific report on what one crazy ideologue at the Defense Department’s Joint Forces Staff College was teaching America’s future military leaders.
The U.S. military taught its future leaders that a ”œtotal war” against the world’s 1.4 billion Muslims would be necessary to protect America from Islamic terrorists, according to documents obtained by Danger Room. Among the options considered for that conflict: using the lessons of ”œHiroshima” to wipe out whole cities at once, targeting the ”œcivilian population wherever necessary.”
The course had been taught to up-and-coming officers on track for senior commands but was cancelled at the end of April on the personal order of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Even so the tutor, Army Lt. Col. Matthew A. Dooley, and the commandant who approved his course, Maj. Gen. Joseph Ward, are still in their posts.
Nor is Dooley the only islamophobe teaching our future senior officers and officials.
For the better part of the last decade, a small cabal of self-anointed counterterrorism experts has been working its way through the U.S. military, intelligence and law enforcement communities, trying to convince whoever it could that America’s real terrorist enemy wasn’t al-Qaida ”” but the Islamic faith itself.
I’m tempted to excerpt far, far more from Noah’s excellent piece but instead just go read the whole thing. No wonder there’s so much gung-ho for a war on the whole world in American intelligence and military circles. This report should be seen as the possible (even probable) unspoken subtext to every official threat assessment and strategy paper. It would surely take a lot of retraining and a purge of the worst true-believers to rid America’s national security apparatus of it’s bigotted influence. Want to bet on how likely that is?