US military officers taught to target civilians and wage ‘total war’ on Islam

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The slide above was one of many anti-Muslim presentations US military officers sat through (Picture via Wired)

Over the past decade, fringe ideas about Muslims and Islam have seeped into law enforcement agencies across the country. Now we know the details about what some members of the US military have been learning about Muslims. It’s not pretty.

Wired’s Spencer Ackerman first broke the story last month, when he revealed that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had ordered a thorough review of the entire military to ensure that anti-Muslim ideas were not being taught to soldiers. The order from General Martin Dempsey was issued after an anti-Muslim course was found to have been taught at the Joint Forces Staff College in Virginia.

Today, Ackerman and Noah Shachtman published an extensive story in Wired detailing the exact contents of the course, titled “Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism.” It’s been taught since 2004 by Lt. Col. Matthew A. Dooley, who is still working at the college currently.

Wired has published some of the documents used in the course. Among the lectures military officers heard was a presentation by Dooley in which he suggested that Saudi Arabia should be threatened with starvation and that the historical precedents of Hiroshima and Dresden should be considered to deal with holy sites in Saudi Arabia. Dooley also said that the Geneva Conventions were “no longer relevant or respected globally” because of the “current common practices of Islamic terrorists” and that “total war” should be waged on Islam.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling for the Defense Department to dismiss Dooley. “It is imperative that those who taught our future military leaders to wage war not just on our terrorist enemy, but on the faith of Islam itself be held accountable,” Nihad Awad, CAIR’s director, wrote in a letter to Leon Panetta, the Secretary of Defense. “If left uncorrected, the biased, inaccurate and un-American training previously given to these officers will harm our nation’s security, image and interests for years to come.”

More excerpts from the story:

Dooley, who has worked at the Joint Forces Staff College since August 2010, began his eight-week class with a straightforward, two-part history of Islam. It was delivered by David Fatua, a former West Point history professor. “Unfortunately, if we left it at that, you wouldn’t have the proper balance of points of view, nor would you have an accurate view of how Islam defines itself,” Dooley told his students. Over the next few weeks, he invited in a trio of guest lecturers famous for their incendiary views of Islam.

Shireen Burki declared during the 2008 election that “Obama is bin Laden’s dream candidate.” In her Joint Forces Staff College lecture, she told students that “Islam is an Imperialist/Conquering Religion.” (.pdf)

Stephen Coughlin claimed in his 2007 master’s thesis that then-president George W. Bush’s declaration of friendship with the vast majority of the world’s Muslims had “a chilling effect on those tasked to define the enemy’s doctrine.” (.pdf) Coughlin was subsequently let go from his consulting position to the military’s Joint Staff, but he continued to lecture at the Naval War College and at the FBI’s Washington Field Office. In his talk to Dooley’s class (.pdf), Coughlin suggested that al-Qaida helped drive the overthrow of Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak and Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi. It was part of a scheme by Islamists to conquer the world, he added. And Coughlin mocked those who didn’t see this plot as clearly as he did, accusing them of “complexification.”

Coughlin titled his talk: “Imposing Islamic Law – or – These Aren’t the Droids Your Looking For!”

Former FBI employee John Guandolo told the conspiratorial World Net Daily website last year that Obama was only the latest president to fall under the influence of Islamic extremists. “The level of penetration in the last three administrations is deep,” Guandolo alleged. In his reference material for the Joint Forces Staff College class, Guandolo not only spoke of today’s Muslims as enemies of the West. He even justified the Crusades, writing that they “were initiated after hundreds of years of Muslim incursion into Western lands.”

Ackerman has also exposed how the Federal Bureau of Investigation was teaching its agents incendiary ideas about Muslims and Islam. The Obama administration has since ordered a “widespread review of government counterterrorism training materials.”

As for the military, Ackerman reports that a senior officer will “investigate how precisely Dooley managed to get away with that extended presentation in an official Defense Department-sanctioned course. The results of that review are due May 24.”

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  1. Annie Robbins
    May 10, 2012, 2:56 pm

    omg, the hits just keep on coming. this is hard to process, it’s hard to believe the depth of infiltration of these islamophobes into the core of military. i had no idea of this. it’s so outrageous it is hard to believe.

    Army Lt. Col. Matthew A. Dooley, still maintains his position at the Norfolk, Virginia college, pending an investigation. The commanders, lieutenant colonels, captains and colonels who sat in Dooley’s classroom, listening to the inflammatory material week after week, have now moved into higher-level assignments throughout the U.S. military.

    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.


    • Annie Robbins
      May 10, 2012, 3:06 pm

      Dooley lays out a possible four-phase war plan to carry out a forced transformation of the Islam religion. Phase three includes possible outcomes like “Islam reduced to a cult status”

      blown away

      • stevieb
        May 11, 2012, 10:50 am

        I’m surprised you’re surprised Annie – there’s been an ongoing assault on Islam for some time in America. Well before 9/11, in fact. It’s also reached down into the law-enforcement level – here in Toronto there’s been active association between Israel(can’t remember who exactly) and the Toronto Police – regarding ‘security’, as I recall…

      • Annie Robbins
        May 11, 2012, 11:58 am

        steve, yes of course i am aware of the assault on islam in our society and alex has written a number of articles documenting it for us. plus the site has covered this extensively. plus david horowitz’s assault on college campus’s etc, the clarion fund movies, it’s so invasive.

        plus, within the military i know there’s a huge christian component w/the likes of boykin etc. but i opened the pdf file alex linked to, this is an organized assault on one of the major religions being taught thru military courses. and as my earlier comment mentioned the military oath is not to protect the people, it is to protect the constitution. it seems this would be in direct violation of that. i don’t know how that could be undercover. the very idea we would be teaching soldiers to ‘reduce islam to a cult status’, especially considering the burning of the koran incident in afghanistan, that this is being institutionalized, i just find it shocking. call me naive, i didn’t think it had infiltrated to this degree.

    • OlegR
      May 10, 2012, 8:17 pm

      Since when does an atheist or a liberal considers religion as something above reproach.
      I mean it’s just another ideology deeply rooted upon irrational.
      Why condemning communism or fascism is ok but religion especially Islam is a
      new tabu for the modern liberal?

      • Annie Robbins
        May 10, 2012, 11:23 pm

        oleg, perhaps you are not aware everyone in the US military has to take an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States”. i presume that would include the first amendment.

      • Annie Robbins
        May 11, 2012, 12:28 am


        Gluck added he knew of at least three abused children who had committed suicide in recent months

      • Citizen
        May 11, 2012, 5:41 am

        Interesting to compare coverage of the rabbis’ abuse and government reaction and when Catholic priests do it. BTW, notice how coverage of Penn State abuse of boys has vanished?

      • OlegR
        May 11, 2012, 6:33 am

        Be my guest criticize Judaism if you like.
        Though i doubt you will find that pedophilia should be somehow tolerated
        by Jews.

      • Chaos4700
        May 11, 2012, 9:11 am

        Is Oleg endorsing anti-Semitism now? I’m confused. :)

      • stevieb
        May 11, 2012, 11:42 am

        Can you say “Roman Polanski”….

      • Citizen
        May 11, 2012, 12:08 pm

        stevieb, maybe OlegR never heard of Roman Polanski? He did what was done to the USS Liberty: raped the girl next door and got away with it. And stupid, gullible, ignorant Americans don’t know about either incident.

      • Mooser
        May 15, 2012, 12:39 pm

        “Though i doubt you will find that pedophilia should be somehow tolerated by Jews.”

      • aiman
        May 11, 2012, 4:51 am

        “Since when does an atheist or a liberal considers religion as something above reproach.”

        Particularly since atheism itself has lurched to the right and speaks in the language of violence these days as Jeff Sparrow explains in this timely critique:

        “Why condemning communism or fascism is ok but religion especially Islam is a new tabu for the modern liberal?”

        The same rhetoric was used by the liberal-left supporters of the Iraq War. Many liberals condemn Islam, don’t know where you’re coming from. Also you fail to distinguish between critique, condemnation and hate-mongering. I have no problem with anyone critiquing Islam (a critique can be done when you know the subject, you can criticise God, heaven, hell all you want). Condemnation, on the other hand, is an advocacy, often shrill, against a generalised subject as it appears in the medium of news. Hate-mongering and fear-mongering, such as this example which you mistake for condemnation (incriminating your own ideology in consequence), is a tactic shared by fundamentalists of all creeds, from Sam Harris and Hitchens to Qutb, Maududi and Meir Kahane.

      • stevieb
        May 11, 2012, 10:55 am

        Not at all. It’s just that the standards for this ‘investigation’ into Islam are piss-poor. It’s not anything to do with learning the truth – it’s about bashing -time and time again. I think it’s very impotant to critically investigate religious extremists – only I believe the standards for this need to be extremely high. The Islam-bashers ironically mostly come from a religious extremist background themselves – and it shows in their horrific ‘scholarship’…

      • Djinn
        May 16, 2012, 1:51 am

        On a broad level I’d agree with you. I see no reason whatsoever why I should “respect” one sets of beliefs but not another just because one is political and the other is religious.

        HOWEVER being able to criticise something is VERY different from distorting and slandering it. I do not believe for a second you wouldnt be utterly outraged were the US military teaching similar bigoted screeds with regards to Jews.

    • Rusty Pipes
      May 10, 2012, 8:29 pm

      As others have noted here, MRFF has been documenting how dominionists were taking over leadership positions in the military, especially the Air Force Academy, during the Bush Administration. Talk to Action has also covered the influence of dominionists at the Pentagon. It’s disturbing to see how much of the Islamophobic propaganda has continued in the training of military and law enforcement leaders under the Obama administration.

    • thetumta
      May 10, 2012, 9:17 pm

      Your not going to debate them into defeat. Look to those few officers and especially Sargents who have combat experience in the last couple of years. Who do they support overwhelmingly? Ron Paul. Army and Marine combat veterans have learned their lesson the hard way, yet again. They’re solid. Bring them home. They’re parked in Kuwait right now to keep them off the streets here. If you can debate and shoot, you might have a purpose? Otherwise, it’s the empire.

      • Citizen
        May 11, 2012, 5:45 am

        thetumta, reminds me that WW1 continued until the German and Turkish troops in key strategic areas finally just decided they weren’t going to fight anymore. They no longer believed in the mission their political and military leaders gave them.

      • Mooser
        May 15, 2012, 12:46 pm

        “Army and Marine combat veterans have learned their lesson the hard way, yet again.”

        That’s been a slight problem for the armed forces. However, they have a solution, one that has been tried and has worked well in the past. Recruiting burgeoning psychopaths and promoting clever sociopaths, along with exemplary punishment for any who during service seem to evince any kind of morality, and the benefits of those who have left.
        Another angle of attack for this problem is to recruit criminals into the service.
        Although circumstances can cause temporary disruption in the smooth progress of matching men (and women) to the military’s changing missions, this is something that the military is expert in, and I have no doubt they will mold or get the men they need for the mission.

    • Pamela Olson
      May 11, 2012, 12:20 pm

      When I worked at a think tank called the Institute for Defense Analyses in Washington, we occasionally had “experts” come in to give us talks, like Dennis Ross, who lied and misrepresented almost everything he said. I would be sitting in the audience fuming, and when I tried to ask a question, Ross would just roll his eyes and deflect. What was I supposed to do? I was a 26-year-old from Oklahoma, he was an “expert.” Everyone in the audience was beaming at his every word, delighted and honored that His Holiness of Serious Power and Influence had deigned to grace us with his presence. (Washington is a shockingly provincial place and — no big news — everyone worships power like kids worshiping candy.)

      That wasn’t the worst, though. The worst were the “Arabists” (or “Muslimists” I guess) who would come in and, unapposed, say things like, “This is how Muslims think. They think the Muslim world is Dal al Salaam, or House of Peace, while the rest of the world is Dar al Harb, or House of War. They’re always trying to expand the House of Peace and destroy or subjugate the House of War. It’s how they see things.”

      I would be thinking, “Funny, I was just in Palestine for two years, and no one ever said a single word about Dar al Salaam or Dar al Harb. They just wanted their f—-ing olive trees back.”

      I didn’t last long in Washington.

  2. gingershot
    May 10, 2012, 3:08 pm

    ‘Over the past decade, fringe ideas about Muslims and Islam have SEEPED into law enforcement agencies across the country’ – baloney!

    Islamophobia has been driven into the American psyche by racist Jews (Gaffney, Cliff May, Joe Lieberman, etc) intent on indoctrinating their phony Islamophobia into America until America is a mirror of Israel, eternally ‘forced’ to fight Muslims for her very existential existence

    It’s a stinking rotten setup and Israel has made America that biggest sucker that ever lived

    Teaching Americans to kill ‘Arabs/Muslims’ – by lying them into Iraq and now trying to lie us into attacking Iran – is done simply to further the Israeli objective of putting us into the same boat as Israel, where Israel kills her Palestinians.

    Israelis are the most intolerant manipulative group of people to cast a shadow over America, and America will never be ‘the same’, if it ever really was

    Israel is an existential threat to America – it hoaxed us into Iraq and even now is hoaxing us into Iran, and it has hoaxed our civilian police depts and military thru the Israeli ‘Dept of Homeland Security’, run by one Neocon after another

    • Citizen
      May 11, 2012, 5:48 am

      gingershot, such Jews have willing executioners in the form of the Hagee type Christian fundies, and there’s a lot of them hell-bent on their own rapturous salvation, the sooner the end times come, the better they think.

    • Abu Malia
      May 11, 2012, 12:49 pm

      “Islamophobia has been driven into the American psyche by racist Jews (Gaffney, Cliff May, Joe Lieberman, etc) intent on indoctrinating their phony Islamophobia into America until America is a mirror of Israel, eternally ‘forced’ to fight Muslims for her very existential existence”

      Exactly how things appear to me at least since 2006; in fact, if the reason for all these wars were turned into a mathematical equation, yours will be the only anomoly free theory I have heard so far.
      As the saying goes, a “good friend will bail you out of jail but, a real friend will be sitting right next to you in that cell”. Israel, with the help of their ascendant co-religionists here in the states sought to make Uncle Sucker a “real friend”. Amazing that as a black man I long for the days of the WASPS – at least it was America they were mainly concerned with.

      There are differing theories as to how and why the US went hair-line deep in the blood and gore of Muslims. Some blame it on a combination of special interests and the general mood for revenge, at least wrt to the Iraq rape. Heck, a case could be made that it was all Dick Cheney’s wet dream. After all, of that group, Dick, Condy, Rummy and little Bushie, the president appeared to be the only one capable of getting laid ; can you picture Condy, the “beatifull black flower” of the late Col. Qataffi, squirming, gushing in her executive seat as the first bombs hit Baghdad? But, I digress!

      I’m inclined to believe that Israel, fully aware of the tribal (all outrages against the tribe must be avenged) nature of Arab society is actively seeking to plant a deep and enduring enemity between Muslims and Americans.

      What a heartless reptile that Condy, calling the carpet bombing of Lebanon the “birth pangs” of a new middle east. Kind of reminds me of that malignant toad, squatting in the CBS studio like jabba the hut (Ward Churchill’s description), declaring 500K of dead iraqi tikes are worth the price.

      • Citizen
        May 11, 2012, 5:41 pm

        Abu, re your: “Amazing that as a black man I long for the days of the WASPS – at least it was America they were mainly concerned with.”

        That’s intense. Re Condy–Truman said when the underdog becomes the uberhund, watch out! Same re “the malignant toad.” Re: Chaney, Rummy, Shrub–they make me ashamed of being white. They should be tried for war crimes, as they actually are right now, in a remote place across the sea–they were found guilty:

      • Mooser
        May 15, 2012, 12:52 pm

        Citizen, if this country had adequate welfare and unemployment benefits, along with adequate Social Security, joining the military would not be seen as an economic lifesaver for those less advantaged.
        But I’m sure you agree, I know there’s nothing you embrace more fervently than adequate support for those who have been disadvantaged by the system.
        And as you well know, supplying adequate monies for this purpose will hardly make a dent in our nation’s wealth. We can aford it easily, and in fact, it’s a good investment.

      • Citizen
        May 15, 2012, 3:29 pm

        Sure, Mooser, as my Daddy always said, “If is a little word with a big meaning.”

        And of course I join you in your fervent support of the plight of our young boys and girls to have an option other than joining the US military as cannon fodder for all those chicken hawks who could easily afford to be taxed at an unshakable 50% minimum rate.

  3. seafoid
    May 10, 2012, 3:13 pm

    “Dooley lays out a possible four-phase war plan to carry out a forced transformation of the islamic religion”

    Hard to believe 1 trillion dollars spent in Afghanistan couldn’t beat the Taliban. Islam makes sense of the world. Neoliberalism doesn’t/.

    • AllenBee
      May 13, 2012, 1:31 pm

      Ephraim Sneh, Demonizing Iran Since 1992©


      June 2008 AIPAC love-in featuring U.S. presidential candidates John McCain et al. “In Iran, nukes are not the problem, the regime is the problem. They must be removed, and the Iranian people are incapable of doing it. We have to do it; sanctions are the way. The mullahs should be forced to worry about how they will feed their 70 million hungry people.” [close paraphrase] [at ~50 min.]


      “Iran with nukes is not the problem. The problem is the regime; they must be replaced. When Iran’s government is secular and democratic, then they can have a-nything they want, anything.” [last minutes of the video.]

      but tune in a few minutes before the end of the program, to the Question from the Iranian ambassador to EU and Sneh’s response to her. It’s just before Sneh’s gracious diktat on how Iranians should democratically choose to govern themselves, in accord with Sneh/Israeli wishes — it is fair to assume that Sneh speaks for Israeli/Netanyahu government, inasmuch as Sneh has supported and been supported by Netanyahu for over 30 years, and in 1992 was the then-member of Knesset who urged Knesset to use Iran’s nuclear project the cat’s paw to take down Iran.

  4. Bumblebye
    May 10, 2012, 3:46 pm

    Military Religious Freedom Foundation is a good place to start with the new American Crusader Army:

    Meanwhile, Dooley has an equally evil Israeli twin – Danish rasher basher Col Eisner has a new job as deputy commander of IDF’s Tactical Training Center in Tze’elim:
    where I’m sure he’ll do just the same kind of work Dooley does.

  5. piotr
    May 10, 2012, 4:40 pm

    “Dooley lays out a possible four-phase war plan to carry out a forced transformation of the Islam religion. ”

    I think the first phase should include this:
    “It’s Obvious You Won’t Survive by Your Wits Alone”

  6. MHughes976
    May 10, 2012, 4:52 pm

    MRF is led by Mikey Weinstein, a Jewish protester against Christian ‘Dominionism’ in forms that are full of that old-style anti-Semitic brimstone.

  7. seafoid
    May 10, 2012, 5:00 pm

    “The ignorance with which the west entered Afghanistan after the overthrow of the Taliban is pardonable given the complexity of that country. What is much less forgivable is that western institutions and officials remain so ignorant after more than a decade of western presence. They have betrayed a lack of curiosity amounting to narcissism when it comes to learning about Afghan society and culture – with disastrous results for western strategy. The same has been true of much western analysis of Pakistan.”

    This intellectual and political failure is reflected in the fact that Noah Coburn’s book Bazaar Politics is not only one of the most interesting and important of recent works on Afghanistan, it is also the only new piece of specific anthropological research on Afghanistan written in the past decade. And it is above all works of anthropology and history that western policy makers need when trying to operate in profoundly different social and cultural environments. Much of western political science is hopelessly wedded to general theories based on schematic versions of western societies and institutions, and is remarkably impervious to even the strongest evidence of local experience. Western journalists on the ground rarely have the time or the background to challenge these paradigms”

    The US Army is useless when it comes to understanding Muslim societies. It has the full range of the most efficient killing machines and a complete absence of nuance.

    • Citizen
      May 11, 2012, 5:53 am

      seafoid, in addition to the full range of cutting edge killing machines, the US Army employs bags of high denomination cash. That’s the mentality. America is, after all, not known for cultural nuance talent.

      • seafoid
        May 11, 2012, 7:59 am

        Maybe it doesn’t matter that they have lost in Afghanistan and Iraq. Maybe there is some other point to the wars.

  8. Keith
    May 10, 2012, 5:06 pm

    Neoliberalism is the inevitable consequence of financialization. With modern day debt servitude, the carrot has disappeared, only the stick remains. The inculcation of fundamentalist fanaticism in the military and police a harbinger of repression to come. Democracy a brief interlude as we come full circle to the divine right of capital and corporate neo-feudalism. The 99% in deep trouble, the future of the species in doubt as the struggle for power shapes our destiny. Do I seem pessimistic?

    • Danaa
      May 10, 2012, 5:24 pm

      You, a pessimist? I hate to agree with you, but I kind of do. Besides, I am the official cassandra – trying to compete or something?

      My theory is that people subconsciously may be realizing what’s coming (only a few can afford to admit it to themselves consciously as it may undermine their living making and living being). That realization may explain the strange fascination people have had with the Hunger Games books. Which were obviously written for young adults but Collins hit on something (possibly not accidentally) with a strangely broad appeal. I think people know that there’s something to the scenario depicted in the book with a Capitol (stand-in for Capital?) lording over effectively slave districts (back to a feudal arrangement of serfs and over-lords?) and exacting “tributes” for their televized circuses.

      Just a not-so-random thought to cheer you up, Keith.

    • Bumblebye
      May 10, 2012, 5:28 pm

      Do you seem pessimistic? Yup.

      Are you unduly pessimistic? Dunno.

      Here come the neo-Duchy of Walmart, the neo-Duchy of Exxon-Mobil, etc! We, merely the peasants in the aisles, tugging our forelocks.

    • Citizen
      May 11, 2012, 5:57 am

      No, your puzzle is nearly complete; at the moment I don’t see the couple of pieces left out–maybe they fell under the table?

  9. Chespirito
    May 10, 2012, 5:11 pm

    More bad news on the economic front: though high-wage manufacturing jobs continue to bleed away, the new jobs are low-skill, low-wage: security guard, home health attendant, fast food. Economists do report one silver lining, a burgeoning occupational sector that pays very well yet requires no skills, training or knowledge of any kind: counter-terrorism expert/expert on Islam. There is no end to the lucrative gigs that a self-anointed counter-terrorism expert can get training law enforcement, advising government agencies, serving as an expert witness (lol) and now military training as well. Can these fact-free islamophobes be deradicalized? I’m not optimistic. But there is a growing sense of how much toxic b.s. these soi-disant experts are spewing. I just opened the latest Harper’s to find a gorgeous centerfold by the great journalist Ken Silverstein, “How to read a terrorism expert’s resumé”, an efficient dissection of one Matthew Levitt’s puffed-up cv. More and more of us are growing weary of the crazies.

  10. Light
    May 10, 2012, 6:09 pm

    Total war on Islam? The guy in the cartoon looks Sikh to me. These Islamaphobes are complete idiots.

    • Daniel Rich
      May 10, 2012, 7:54 pm

      @ Light,

      The whole cartoon looks sick to me…

    • Charon
      May 10, 2012, 8:16 pm

      They are complete idiots. Ironically, the Western ‘face’ of Islam is Salafist Wahhabism. It was a minor extremist cult until the Western powers put the Sauds in control over the Arabian Peninsula and forcing it upon everybody against their will in relatively modern history. Remove the Western puppets and it’s completely reversible.

      If they really want to make Islam into a cult, what are they going to do to the other Abrahamic religions? I’m not religious, but I know they are all more similar than different, despite what people thing. They all come from the same source. It would be one thing to influencing the abandonment of dogma, but we have plenty of fundies back home who use dogma to support their warmongering. They need help badly.

      They should solve the I/P issue. Stay out of the affairs of the ME and discontinue their meddling (which means removal of their puppets too). Stop using agent provocateurs to promote sectarian violence and extremism. Everything would be fine.

      • Citizen
        May 11, 2012, 6:03 am

        Charon, that’s what Ron Paul says, and all the military peons agree with him, but the American public mostly ignores that fact; they either don’t care or have bought the kool-aid; meanwhile, our government has taken Israel as the model for itself, increasingly. If only the Bill Of Rights would vanish since it so lacks efficiency.

    • RoHa
      May 10, 2012, 8:48 pm

      My first thought was “What a ferocious looking Sikh!”

    • thetumta
      May 10, 2012, 9:19 pm

      But they appear to be in charge?

    • Theo
      May 11, 2012, 12:47 pm

      To be exact, that drawing is a turkish yanitshar soldier from around 1500 – 1700, the swords is typical for the turks.
      Arabs used lighter swords.

  11. Daniel Rich
    May 10, 2012, 6:12 pm

    I don’t get it.

    Whenever there’s a war, fought by our armed forces [who do nothing but kill] the Germans become Krauts, the Vietnamese Gooks and the Muslims Rag/Towel-heads. The war on terror needs enemies, not friends.

    • yourstruly
      May 10, 2012, 7:42 pm

      dehumanization is what it’s called, its purpose being to turn the designated enemy into a demon or thing.

      • Daniel Rich
        May 10, 2012, 9:01 pm

        @ yourstruly,

        It makes you wonder why, if wars are fought against individuals [Hitler, Saddam, etr al], why they last so darn long…

  12. Chaos4700
    May 10, 2012, 6:36 pm

    The Israelification of the US military really makes me sick to my stomach.

    • Charon
      May 10, 2012, 8:06 pm

      No kidding. I guess I should’ve figured that out nearly a decade ago when gitmo was caught using “Palestinian Hanging”

      Our military, our police (as Daniel Rich mentions above), our security policy, our security technology, our phone technology and mobile transaction technology. And I don’t trust their tech one bit. It’s full of back doors, this is a fact. Last year I read about some Pennsylvania county using Israeli ‘security’ alerts and discontinued it because it said an upcoming gay pride event was a ‘terrorism and security risk’

  13. RoHa
    May 10, 2012, 8:55 pm

    ‘Obama was only the latest president to fall under the influence of Islamic extremists. “The level of penetration in the last three administrations is deep,”’

    Ahhh! That explains why they have made war on Iraq and Afghanistan. That explains why they have provided so much aid to Israel. That explains why they have supported Israel in the UN. That explains why Israeli military people are in the Pentagon. It’s all part of a cunning plan fomented by the Islamic extremists.

    • Mike Jacobs
      May 11, 2012, 1:18 am

      There has been a good bit of light banter here, but it is mostly Jews who are talking throughout America’s media, and most have a very poor grasp on what is going on in the minds of that gentile herd who, aside from a few song and dance men to play the game of democracy for them, seldom speak. This Muslim baiting has in its most flagrant cases been done by bone-headed bureaucrats and military officers who are gentiles if not fundamentalist Christians, but the Mormons do not own all the major newspaper and other news outlets. Secular Jews can say tut tut, but they could have made the atmosphere much more open for the teaching Americans about Islam than it currently is if they really wanted this to happen. This baiting of the Muslims is very serious business for the Jewish community in America; it could so easily be a warm-up for the revival another game.

      • Mooser
        May 15, 2012, 1:05 pm

        “it could so easily be a warm-up for the revival another game.”

        Oh don’t be ridiculous, Mike. Who on earth would ever confuse Muslims and Jews? That’s like not seeing the difference between an Armani suit and a dish-dash.

  14. DICKERSON3870
    May 10, 2012, 10:39 pm

    RE: “US military officers taught to target civilians and wage ‘total war’ on Islam”

    AN ANTI-WAR CLASSIC: Johnny Got His Gun, 1971, PG, 106 minutes
    Based on the novel by Dalton Trumbo, this disturbing antiwar film chronicles the tragic fate of a World War I soldier (Timothy Bottoms) who survives a mortar shell only to have lost his arms, legs, ears, eyes, nose and mouth. Initially, he doesn’t know whether he’s dead, alive or dreaming. And though he can’t hear, see or speak, he learns how to communicate his most fervent wish: to be taken on tour as evidence of the horrors of war.
    Cast: Timothy Bottoms, Kathy Fields, Marsha Hunt, Jason Robards, Donald Sutherland, Diane Varsi, Mike Lee, Kerry MacLane
    Director: Dalton Trumbo
    Netflix Availability: Streaming and DVD (Streaming until 5/15/12)
    • Netflix listing –
    • IMdB –
    • ENTIRE FILM ON TouTube: Johnny Got His Gun/1971 (VIDEO, 1:51:53) –
    Johnny Got His Gun – DVD Trailer (VIDEO, 01:26) –
    • Movie Trailer – 1971 – Johnny Got His Gun (VIDEO, 03:34) -

    • Taxi
      May 11, 2012, 2:58 pm


      I love that movie, ‘Johnny Got His Gun’. You forgot to mention that it was the last day of the war when Johnny got blown up and left with only a limbless torso, a face with no mouth or eyes, and a soulful memory of home and sweetheart.

  15. talknic
    May 11, 2012, 1:00 am

    A Sikh is not Muslim

    • RoHa
      May 11, 2012, 8:29 am

      I think several of us know that, but apparently the guy who made the slide is a little less clear on the concept.

  16. Nevada Ned
    May 11, 2012, 1:33 am

    The US mainstream media are regularly disgraced by racist caricatures of Arabs and Moslems. Respectable mainstream media haven’t carried similar treatments of Jews since the collapse of the Third Reich.
    Why are they doing this? FWIW, I think it’s because the US is building an empire in the Middle East, and racism and colonialism often go hand in hand. Of course, the Israelis and their supporters have special input, but I think it would happened anyway even without the Israeli lobby.

    • American
      May 11, 2012, 1:46 am

      “but I think it would happened anyway even without the Israeli lobby.”

      Normally it wouldn’t. But the Bush 2 era unleashed some militant Islam hating Christians in the military chain of command. Some of their escapades of ‘recruiting’ within the military made the news back then.
      Our military is in bad shape in more ways than one….maybe Dempsy can clean it up.

      • Citizen
        May 11, 2012, 6:07 am

        Didn’t Dempsy get knocked out a long time ago?

      • American
        May 11, 2012, 9:48 am


    • Mooser
      May 15, 2012, 1:09 pm

      “I think it’s because the US is building an empire in the Middle East, and racism and colonialism often go hand in hand.”

      Are you accusing the democratic republic of ‘colonialism’? Americans can’t be colonialist, but we can defend our democratic ally in the region, Israel.

  17. seafoid
    May 11, 2012, 8:21 am

    The picture is awful. Nobody draws Jews with hooked noses any more – why do Muslims get treated differently ?

    • Citizen
      May 12, 2012, 5:46 pm

      seafoid, Muslims don’t do nose-jobs much.

      • RoHa
        May 12, 2012, 9:15 pm

        Nose jobs are big business in Iran.

        Google “Iran nose job”

      • eljay
        May 13, 2012, 8:11 am

        >> Nose jobs are big business in Iran.

        Maybe it’s a Persian thing… ;-)

      • Citizen
        May 13, 2012, 9:03 am

        Yeah, eljay, you’re right about Iran being the Mecca of nose jobs: The contest is between Dr Rosenberg and Dr Diamond, both of NYC:

      • Taxi
        May 13, 2012, 9:14 am

        The biggest (if you’ll pardon the pun) nose job business in the world is in Hollywood.

      • Citizen
        May 13, 2012, 12:37 pm

        I’m not sure where Iran would rank if we were to look at it in proportion to the population … unless you consider Beverly Hills to be a good representative of the United States. Beverly Hills population is about 34,000. I guess you could add West Hollywood (District). They error comes from the use of the phrase “nose job capital of the world.” Iran is not a capital, it’s an entire country of around 80 million people. Hollywood drives the wish for nose jobs around the world. Who are the machers in Hollywood?

      • Taxi
        May 13, 2012, 4:36 pm

        LOL Citizen : “Hollywood drives the wish for nose jobs around the world”.

        It’s like what my Brit friend quizzed when visiting a Beverly Hills restaurant for the first time: ” Why do all the button-nosed women here look so surprised?”

        I think Beverly Hills has the most cosmetic surgeons per square mile in the whole world. And you gotta consider ‘Hollywood’ in this case as being much larger than the map would indicate: you gotta add Bel Air, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Palisades, Malibu, and a host of all kindsa affluent AND average neighborhoods too, if you’re talking nose jobs. Hacking off one’s beak is so prevalent why even your humble new-age yoga teacher is nose-jobed in LA!

        (To be considerate and inclusive here, we gotta also give a shoutout salutation to the most hacked at smallest nose in the universe: Michael Jackson’s.)

        Course I’ve never been to Iran or even looked at their nose job stats, I just thought I’d stick my nose in the conversation anywayz and being an LA gal and a sniffer of the human condition, thought I’d add a snort or two at my narcissist city folk.

        And the ultimate epic nose? It’s gotta be a toss-up between Cyrano de Bergerac versus Pinocchio – a contest of honkers between a horny Frenchman and a skinny Italian. Yes we can look to these two countries too for a diverse and impressive sampling of hooty shnozzles.

        Okay here’s a video on the problem with big noses:

      • Mooser
        May 15, 2012, 1:14 pm

        “Who are the machers in Hollywood?”

        Aha! The sinister nexxus between the movie moguls and the rhinoplasty-industrial complex is exposed! This leads to a very interesting question: What, in the manner of O’Henry’s “Gift of the Magi”, would a man sell to buy his wife a nose-job, the selling of which would eliminate the need for the nose-job? His glasses? That’s pretty weak. And doesn’t she have to sell her nose, too, to satisfy the iconic plot?

  18. Gaius Baltar
    May 11, 2012, 9:04 am

    The real issue is how does all this propaganda make its way into training courses. There’s far too much of it, spread far to wide, for it to be an accident or the work of a few isolated hate-mongers.

    We know there’s a well-funded and highly-orchestrated Islamophobia industry. Do part of its operations include subverting anti-terrorism training and turning it into Islamophobic indoctrination?

    • Chaos4700
      May 11, 2012, 9:15 am

      Anti-terrorism training as long as it has existed in the US has pretty much always been as a vehicle for Islamophobia. Follow the money. Most of the “consulting firms” and “think tanks” and “action centers” have roots in Israel, rather than in locally.

  19. Betsy
    May 11, 2012, 9:38 am

    Just what ethnic group is it supposed to represent? The turban is closest to the traditional Sikh turban (but not like any contemporary Muslim groups). Vicious attacks on Sikh men have been a significant pattern of hate crime since 9/11. So, this is fostering both hate against 2 quite different religions — Islam and Sikhism. The image is grotesque & demeaning but also inaccurate– like something out of an imperialist, fantasy children’s book from the 19th century.

    • gamal
      May 11, 2012, 12:29 pm

      “So, this is fostering both hate against 2 quite different religions — Islam and Sikhism.”

      well Sikhism is syncretic, incorporating a lot of Sufi (Islamic) and Hindu forms and ideas, the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy book contains many poetic passages praising Allah.

      “The Granth was compiled by the fifth Sikh guru, Guru Arjan Dev ji. He undertook the enormous task of collecting, compiling, and scrutinizing the hymns and compositions of Guru Nanak and his predecessors. He decided to include not only the hymns of the Gurus but also that of other saints. At the invitation of the Guru, followers of different sects, both Hindu and Muslim, came to the Guru and recited the hymns of their teachers. Guru Arjan chose only those hymns which echoed sentiments he wanted to inculcate in his own community. After the selections were made, the Guru dictated the hymns to Bhai Gurdas ji, who wrote the Granth Sahib.”

      “The Sikh Scriptures, The Sri Guru Granth Sahib contains the word Allah as a reference to God in a few places. It also refers to God in a number of different ways”


      “The temple or the mosque are the same, the Hindu worship or the Musalman prayer are the same; all men are the same; it is through error they appear different. Deities, demons, Yakshas, heavenly singers, Musalmans and Hindus adopt the customary dress of their different countries. All men have the same eyes, the same ears, the same body, the same build, a compound of earth, air, fire, and water. Allah and Abhekh are the same, the Purans and the Quran are the same; they are all alike; it is the one God who created all. The Hindu God and the Muhammadan God are the same; let no man even by mistake suppose there is a difference.” (Guru Gobind Singh, Akal Ustat, pg. 275)

      First, Allah created the Light; then, by His Creative Power, He made all mortal beings. From the One Light, the entire universe welled up. So who is good, and who is bad? ||1|| (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 1349)

      i reckon americans need to get out more, the notion of religions which all spring from the same essentially perso- arab cultural commonwhealth ie christianity, judaism and islam as being at war is uniquely european and has always accompanied the imposition of communalism in the furtherance of empire,

      Shah Wali Allah, the indian nationalist and anti-imperialist theorist, his son or grandson (dont recall) was killed fighting Sikhs, while thats true the causus belli was acquiescence to british rule.

    • Citizen
      May 12, 2012, 5:47 pm

      Or The Poison Mushroom?

  20. Matthew Graber
    May 11, 2012, 11:57 am

    Over 1.5 billion people in the world practice Islam.

    • Mooser
      May 15, 2012, 1:22 pm

      “Over 1.5 billion people in the world practice Islam.”

      Well, I bet a certain number of tham are just pretending, or maybe hoping to get a job through somebody at the mosque (c’mon, a guy has to eat, and feed his family) or buttering up a prospective father-in-law, or keeping Dad well-oiled so things hash out the way you think they will at probate, you know, the usual reasons.
      I wonder what percentage are bored out of their minds at the services?

    • RoHa
      May 15, 2012, 8:51 pm

      “Over 1.5 billion people in the world practice Islam”

      And some of them are getting pretty good at it.

  21. Shmuel
    May 11, 2012, 12:16 pm

    The cartoon is not only Islamophobic; it is also reactionary in a broader sense, inasmuch as it trots out the old stereotype that liberals are unable or unwilling to confront harsh reality.

    It is the approach that justifies Guantanamo and torture and “pre-emptive war” by “our side”, because “they” have no respect for human rights. It is the approach that allows Israel to – literally – get away with murder (and apartheid and ethnic cleansing), because Israelis live “in a tough neighbourhood”, surrounded by people who “don’t share our values”.

    The cartoon dehumanises Muslims, but it also dehumanises the rest of us, by rejecting the fundamental principles of human rights and dignity as “soft” and “naive”. All in the name of “freedom and democracy”, of course.

    • Citizen
      May 12, 2012, 5:50 pm

      Right, Shmuel, but Time march on, hoping for the best while laying mines under its own feet:

      (ENHANCED US-ISRAEL SECURITY COOPERATION) HR 4133: On 5/10/12 the House voted to suspend the rules and pass HR 4133, “the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012”, introduced 3/5/12 by Rep. Cantor (R-VA) and having 304 cosponsors. This means that this significant piece of legislation – which among other things calls for the U.S. to provide substantial additional military assistance to Israel, including air refueling tankers – was passed by the House without ever having been considered in a hearing or a markup. As reported previously in the Round-Up, HR 4133 was introduced during this year’s AIPAC policy conference and was a centerpiece of AIPAC lobbying on the Hill (AIPAC’s summary of HR 4133 can be read here). Given this backing and the “mom-and-apple-pie” framing of the legislation (who could be against enhanced security cooperation with Israel?) the bill passed by an unsurprising landslide of 411-2, with 9 members voting present.

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