An interesting article came my way; it is entitled:
Soldier Who Taught ‘Total War’ Against Islam Threatens to Sue Top Military
Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dooley, was a teacher at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. Apparently, he fervently believes what he
taught. I suspect so will some of our members... but I hope that passion will not interfere with a measured discussion about what the 'belief' of
Lt. Col. Dooley seems to imply about the mindset of those who offer military policy advice to the Commander-in-Chief; or what they feel about serving
Dooley had been removed from his teaching position, and now has a few attorney friends throwing around the "lawsuit" word to get the attention of
the public. The lawsuit seems to center around a simple claim:
Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley is accusing the government of concealing “the truth about Islam” at a time when proponents of his view of an
inevitable clash between Islam and the West have succeeded at fanning precisely those flames.
When the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff removed Dooley from his assignment, it was over teching things like this:
- "The U.S. ought to consider “Hiroshima tactics” for a “total war” on Islam,
- "There is no such thing as ‘moderate Islam,'
- “Islam had already declared war on the West,
- "Wartime protections against civilians of Islamic countries were “no longer relevant, and
- “Your oath as a professional soldier forces you to pick a side here.”
Reportedly, Dooley considered the reduction of Islam to a “cult status” an acceptable outcome of what he considered a civilizational [sic] war.
The Chairman is quoted as saying that what was being taught is "“totally objectionable, against our values and it wasn’t academically sound.”
And thus removed him as an instructor and gave him an Administrative Reprimand (presumably an Article 15.)
Yet a portion of the political body (such as Michelle Bachman), and subsequently the media celebrity parade (such as Glenn Beck), is portraying him as
a "free speech martyr." A title which some feel belongs to Terry Jones and his Westborough Baptist Church.
For my opinion, it seems clear that military academicians are so entirely enamored of their opinions that they feel they can, and should teach them to
junior officers as "policy." In fact, the Dooley seems to think that NOT pursuing his lesson plan (which featured some choice guest speakers who
distributed lesson material stating that President Obama is a Muslim) is tantamount to harming the nation - or putting the nation in harm's way.
Clearly, such open antagonism can only produce hawkish officers; especially if they are graded on the material... since in order to pass the course
you are likely to have to acquiesce to what your expected to regurgitate.
Imagine if this soldier were promoted to a field commander position. Imagine the treatment of local caught on a battlefield under his operational
control. Imagine where such zeal for hateful precepts will lead the soldiers under the command of someone who believes that we need HIM on the
He is free to opine... teaching is not opining. He can say what he likes.... there is no freedom to grade people on their acceptance of whatever you
opine in a classroom... or is there?