Military to Review its Course Teaching: “U.S. is at war with Islam”


Missy Ryan
Reuters

April 25, 2012

The top military officer ordered a review of training material after a course for officers was found to espouse the view that the United States is at war with Islam, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

… The review, which was first reported by Wired.com, was prompted by a complaint by a soldier who had recently completed an elective course entitled “Perspectives on Islam and Islamite Radicalism” at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia.

… One example of objectionable material, presented in a power point slide for students, was an assertion “that the United States is at war with Islam and we ought to ought to just recognize that we are war with Islam,” Captain John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters.

“That’s not at all what we believe to be the case. We’re at war against terrorism, specifically al Qaeda, who has a warped view of the Islamic faith.”

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