The Thomas More Law Center announced on Tuesday that it will represent U.S. Army Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley. The Center described Dooley as a “highly decorated combat veteran” with 18 years of service in combat zones around the world and at bases in the U.S.
Why does a distinguished officer need representation?
Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, publicly condemned Dooley. Dooley was removed from his teaching assignment at the Joint Forces Staff College.
Dooley’s crime was offending Islam and politicos as well as media. TMLC said 57 Muslim organizations demanded that training materials they judge to be offensive be “purged” and instructors should be “effectively disciplined.”
A great deal of media attention followed Dempsey’s condemnation of Dooley on C-SPAN—he even, according to TMLC, “personally attacked” Dooley. Dempsey’s personal attack in a public venue led to what TMLC called “immediate threats to him [Dooley] and his family.” Security measures had to be taken to protect them.
Numerous media, most sympathetic to Democrats, vilified Dooley as well, quoting material out of context and expressing rage over what amounts to a difference of opinion.
For instance, you can look at the Wired article on this issue and your eye automatically goes to the highlighted sections. But what was left out, especially of the second example on the Geneva IV 1949 standards, places the highlighted section in a different light.
I suspect this campaign was another example of the administration of President Barack Obama following the example of President Bill Clinton’s national security team who worked diligently to appease Islamic interests yet failed to make real gains in deterring groups like al Qaeda. Even now, we continue to battle Islamists intent on world submission to Islam. That goal is indisputable.
TMLC referenced a Dept. of Defense news release issued on April 25, 2012. That news release has either been removed from the government website or is archived somewhere besides the DoD website.
Dooley’s case is complex, but the course he taught had been in place for years and had never been questioned. The course was an elective, not a requirement.
Wired put what appears to be a portion of the course online. I did not read it all.
I did read enough to understand the principle of what many call “moderate Islam” being usurped by radical extremists who embrace what they call “true Islam.” I believe the use of that term—“true Islam” was possibly misconstrued by Dooley’s critics who may not have read all the materials either. On the course materials, the term was set off in quotes as shown here.
TMLC said Dooley had high evaluations from both students and staff.
At issue is Obama’s foreign policy, particularly as applied to the Middle East. Considering the conflagration currently going on in North African countries as well as ongoing attacks on American government officials as well as troops, we should be seriously questioning Dempsey and Obama’s positions.
At the moment, there is a concerted war on the U.S. First Amendment. This amendment is incompatible with what those in power in Islamic countries call “true Islam.” In my opinion, the amendment is also incompatible with the Obama administration.
This case, like other examples, suggests the Obama administration will yield, or submit to Islam, a faith whose very name means “submission.” The president has done that on the issue of an obscure video he and his administration have implausibly blamed for causing the current protests. Obama even asked Google to review the video—code speak for “take it down.” That is a de facto violation of the president’s vow when he took office.
Dooley’s course addressed an issue that is vital but never spoken of in political or military circles, with this question:
Against “non-state actors” do the Geneva Conventions of 1949 now need redefinition/clarification?
The Obama administration has been very aggressive in charging members of the military with crimes, with charges often based on whimsical, nearly non-existent evidence.
In 2010, Navy SEALs were charged after a terrorist claimed a scratch on his lip occurred after he was detained. In another case, a captain faced charges for a crime that occurred when the captain wasn’t even present. All of these men were cleared; The US Report supported them passionately.
The current administration and its allies play a dangerous game. Breitbart pointed out:
[M]ore U.S. soldiers have been killed and wounded during President Barack Obama’s first term in office than former President George W. Bush’s two terms. And the anti-war mainstream media that regularly counted the number of deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan under Bush, for the most part, has been silent on the number of deaths and casualties that have resulted under Obama.
Donations on behalf of TMLC’s representation of Dooley can be made online.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Sept. 18, 2012)