A course for US military officers has been teaching that the US’ enemy is Islam in general, not just terrorists, and suggesting that the country might ultimately have to obliterate the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina without regard for civilian deaths, following World War II precedents of the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki or the firebombing of Dresden.
The Pentagon suspended the course late last month 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 the US 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, Army Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dooley, said in a presentation in July last year for the course at Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia.
The college, for professional military members, teaches midlevel 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 ...].”
His war plan suggests possible outcomes such as “Saudi Arabia threatened with starvation ... Islam reduced to cult status,” and the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia “destroyed.”
A copy of the presentation was obtained and posted online by Wired.com’s Danger Room blog. The college did not respond to requests for copies of the documents, but a Pentagon spokesman authenticated the documents. Dooley still works for the college, but is no longer teaching, Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey said.
Dooley refused to comment, saying “Can’t talk to you, sir,” and hanging up when reached by telephone at his office on Thursday.
A summary of Dooley’s military service record provided by Army Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky, shows that he was commissioned as a second lieutenant upon graduation from the US Military Academy at West Point in May 1994. He has served overseas tours in Germany, Bosnia, Kuwait and Iraq. He has numerous awards including a Bronze Star Medal, the fourth-highest military award for bravery, heroism or meritorious service.
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.