“If you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss. If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose. If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself.” ~Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Our Military is, beyond far, the most efficacious force on our planet. A force for good. They are effective in their given missions because they know the art of war. They have learned well what the ancient Military General, Sun Tzu stated in his work, The Art of War, concerning one’s enemies: You must know your enemy.
But perhaps for political expediency (and the sake of their careers), the top brass in the Pentagon are a wee bit confused…
In an peculiar Pentagon News Conference on May 10, 2012 (carried on C-SPAN), General Dempsey (Secretary of Defense Panetta by his side), personally attacked LTC Dooley. LTC Dooley, a subordinate Army officer who honorably served our Nation, was subsequently prohibited from publicly defending himself.
Once LTC Dooley’s name was exposed to the public, there were immediate threats to him and his family. By who pray tell? Why none other than those part of the peaceful religion/ideology known as Islam. The threats prompted security measures to be taken for the Dooley’s protection.
Outstanding, Gen. Dempsey … why not place him in front of al Qaeda or the Libyan “movie protesters” with a ginormous infidel target over his hear t… and the hearts of his family?
The disciplinary measures against LTC Dooley included removal from his teaching assignment, withdrawal of an outstanding Officer Evaluation Report (OER) concerning the elective course he had been teaching at the Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC) entitled, Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism. However, the course CONTENT critical of Islam as an ideology and the guest speakers and their methods of instruction were ALL pre-approved by the JFSC years prior.
So, the curriculum was pre-approved by the JFSC and the DOD is STILL throwing a stellar officer under the bus? Why, exactly?
According to the Thomas More Law Center (representing LTC Dooley), it was due to a letter to the Department of Defense dated October 19, 2011 and signed by 57 Muslim organizations, demanding that all training materials that they judge to be offensive to Islam be “purged” and instructors “are effectively disciplined.”
Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t all training courses and materials used to prepare our troops done so focusing on the enemy? If the materials in question were prepared based on the evidence studied and gathered from the enemy, then I don’t give a flying Wallenda if 157 Muslim organizations don’t like the characterization of Islam. All these enemy combatants have one ideology in common: Islam. If these Muslim groups have a problem with that, they should go to al Qaeda, the Taliban and a host of other Islamic terror groups and fight it out with them. Our Armed forces should ONLY be concerned with protecting the citizens of the United States of America … not mollifying the wounded feelings of a brood of individuals whose loyalties are dubious.
I believe Gen. Dempsey is reflecting the Panderer-in-Chief by his reprehensible behavior toward LTC Dooley … who has served this nation honorably. The fact that the Gen. did not step down when asked to perform such an egregious deed goes to his character.
Our enemies surely know us as weak and compromised. If this administration is allowed to continue for another term … and if more actions, like that of General Dempsey, persist … you might as well stick a Halal fork in us: We’re Dhimmi Done!
Image: Sec.of Defense Leon Panetta and General Martin E. Dempsey; originally posted to Flickr.com; Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.