Two recent blog posts by Washington Post military correspondent Tom Ricks related to policies and publications by the U.S. Army War College give evidence to this strategic collapse in the War on Terror.
Two weeks ago, Ricks reported on a new publication by Army War College research professor Sherifa Zuhur on Hamas and Israel that informs readers that Hamas has been misunderstood due to the misreporting by “Israeli and Western sources that villainize the group.” Zuhur concludes that Hamas isn’t so bad after all, so we all just need to get along and embrace the terrorist group through negotiations — a view apparently endorsed by the Army War College when it published her defense of Hamas.
A second post last week, “Fiasco at the Army War College: The Sequel,” records an exchange between Ricks and defense expert and author Mark Perry. Assessing the academic state of affairs at the War College, Perry informed Ricks:
It’s worse than you think. They have curtailed the curriculum so that their students are not exposed to radical Islam. Akin to denying students access to Marx during the Cold War.
This is hardly the first complaint that the military has failed to investigate and assess the strategic writings related to radical Islam and Islamic war doctrine. William Gawthrop, former head of the Joint Terrorism Task Force of the Defense Department’s Counterintelligence Field Activity, says in a military intelligence journal article that:
As late as early 2006, the senior service colleges of the Department of Defense had not incorporated into their curriculum a systematic study of Muhammad as a military or political leader. As a consequence, we still do not have an in-depth understanding of the war-fighting doctrine laid down by Muhammad, how it might be applied today by an increasing number of Islamic groups, or how it might be countered. (”The Sources and Patterns of Terrorism in Islamic Law,” The Vanguard: Journal of the Military Intelligence Corps Association, 11:4 [Fall 2006], p. 10)
If these allegations are true, then the AWC hierarchy who sanction this are certifiably insane, if not complicit in subversion of Army values and security of the United States.
I am a retired Army Sergeant First Class with 30 years of combined service, 17 of which, was spent in Intelligence. I’m also an Iraq War veteran with considerable knowlege of the Middle East and its violent theocratic history.
Can you imagine the AWC sponsoring a Soviet professor during the Cold War? Or an Imperialist Japanese, Nazi, or Fascist Italian professor instructing students at the AWC during WWII??
Then why in the hell would they allow a radical muslim to work at a military institution responsible for educating young officers? Haven’t we learned enough about the so-called ‘religion of peace’ before, during, and after 9/11?
The Army needs to get a clue and realize that muslims do not want to assimilate into Western civilization, they immigrate to conquer. Modern day muslims are simply following the precepts Mohammad set down in the Koran.
This kind of academic perversion does not contribute to intellectual discourse, nor does it teach students the truth about Islamofascism. It promotes the very ideology that is diametrically opposed to everything we stand for.
A Sherifa Zuhur in the Army War College is tantamount to Goebbels as an adviser on Nazi intentions.
Learning about the strategy, tactics, doctrine, and philosophy of the enemy in the classroom is one thing; incorporating it as official Army War College ciriculum is another.
In other words, why are they letting the enemy indocrinate the next generation of Army officers???