Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley Fired for Criticizing Islam at Joint Forces Staff College

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In the Spring of this year, US Army Lieutenant Colonel Matthew  Dooley was  condemned by the Joints Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and relieved of  teaching duties  at Joint Forces Staff College for teaching a course  judged to be offensive to  Islam.

The course he taught, Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism,   was an elective course that Lt. Col. Dooley’s superiors judged as  presenting  Islam in a negative way. His superiors were persuaded to come  to this  conclusion after receiving an October 2011 letter in which 57  Muslim  organizations claimed to be offended by the course.

The fact that Lt. Col. Dooley is a highly decorated combat veteran  with   nearly 20 years of service under his belt apparently held little  or no  sway with the JCS.  As a matter of fact, JCS Chairman General  Martin  Dempsey “personally  attacked” Lt. Col. Dooley on C-Span on May 10, 2012, during a Pentagon News  Conference.

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U.S. Soldiers Urged Not to Shoot Taliban at Night so Locals Can Sleep


Reports indicate U.S. soldiers and British Royal Marines have been urged to show “courageous constraint” by not shooting Taliban members spotted planting IEDs.

The reason? Shooting them might disturb the locals.


This news comes out on the heels of an investigation into the death of Royal Marine Sergeant Peter Rayner, whom witnesses say watched the Taliban plant IEDs at night but was ordered not to engage them. Families of other soldiers and Royal Marines are telling stories of how their loved ones were not allowed to use mortars or night illumination when they came across Taliban members in an area full of IEDs.

The reason given was that “the sound of shooting ‘might wake up and upset the locals.'”

This is not “courageous restraint” — this is appeasement.