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Pentagon calls military school Islam class poor judgment

WASHINGTON — Poor judgment and poor oversight led to the teaching of anti-Islamic material at a military school for officers, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

Though an Army lieutenant colonel who taught the class has been relieved of his teaching duties, investigators recommended reviewing the actions of two civilian officials at the school to see if they also should face discipline, the Defense Department said. A second military officer will receive counseling.

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Materials in a course at Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va., portrayed the United States as at war with Islam. That counters repeated assertions by US officials that the war being fought by America is one against terrorists.

Some of the material suggested the United States ultimately might have to obliterate the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia without regard for civilian deaths, following World War II precedents of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima or the allied firebombing of Dresden.

The teacher, Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dooley, also suggested that the Geneva Convention, which guides behavior toward prisoners, was ‘‘no longer relevant’’ and that Muslims ‘‘hate everything you stand for.’’

The Pentagon suspended the course in late April when a student objected to the material .

Associated Press

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