U.S. Military Taught Officers: ‘Islam Must Change Or We Will Facilitate Its Self-Destruction’

Newly disclosed documents reveal the Islamophobic teaching materials used in the Joint Forces Staff College’s cancelled course “Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism.” The course, which led the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to order a review of all training material in the U.S. military last month, incorporated crude stereotypes of Muslims and promoted a “total war” against Muslims.

The documents, released by Wired’s Danger Room blog, show a series of training materials steeped in anti-Muslim bigotry and repeating Islamophobic characterizations of Islam and Muslims. The Army officer who delivered the lecture, Lt. Col. Matthew A. Dooley, still holds his position at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, pending an investigation. Dooley’s PowerPoint presentations incorporated inflamatory material, such as:

  • Using the lessons of “Hiroshima” to wipe out whole cities at once, targeting the “civilian population wherever necessary” in a “total war” against Muslims. [PDF]
  • Claiming “there is no such as thing as ‘moderate Islam,’” and “It is therefore time for the United States to make our true intentions clear. This barbaric ideology will no longer be tolerated. Islam must change or we will facilitate its self-destruction.” [PDF]
  • Promoting a four phase plan to impose a transformation of Islam. Phase three includes possible outcomes like “Islam reduced to a cult status” and “Saudi Arabia threatened with starvation.” [PDF]
  • Asserting, “By conservative estimates,” 10 percent of the world’s Muslims, “a staggering 140 million people … hate everything you stand for and will never coexist with you, unless you submit” to Islam.

And, surprisingly, Dooley, taught Army officers that international laws protecting civilians in wartime are “no longer relevant” and that the “historical precedents of Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki” could be applied to bringing about “Mecca and Medina[‘s] destruction.” [PDF] Dooley, as shown in the slide below, questioned whether “moderate” Muslims exist.

Dooley also invited controversial guest lecturers, such as former FBI employee John Guandolo who has alleged that President Obama has fallen under the influence of Islamic extremists and, in his reference materials for the Joint Forces Staff College, portrayed Muslims as enemies of the west and sought to justify the crusades as a response to “years of Muslim incursion into Western lands.” This view tracks closely with training materials uncovered by ThinkProgress last October, revealing that the U.S. Army War College’s shadowy think tank, the Proteus Management Group, cultivated the anti-Muslim course materials uncovered at the FBI and the Army’s training facilities.


Dooley’s presentations have sent ripples across the U.S. military and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, ordered every military chief and senior commander to dispose of any similar anti-Islam instructional materials.