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Strategic Fiasco at the Army War College

Washington Post military correspondent Tom Ricks recently reported on policies and publications by the U.S. Army War College which, according to Patrick Poole, point to a dangerous failure on the part of some within our military charged with educating the next generation of military leaders about the nature of our enemy in the War on Terror:

Ricks reported on a new publication by Army War College research professor Sherifa Zuhur on Hamas and Israel that informs readers that Hamas has been misunderstood due to the misreporting by “Israeli and Western sources that villainize the group.” Zuhur concludes that Hamas isn’t so bad after all, so we all just need to get along and embrace the terrorist group through negotiations — a view apparently endorsed by the Army War College when it published her defense of Hamas.

Ricks, in “Fiasco at the Army War College: The Sequel,” also records an exchange between Ricks and defense expert and author Mark Perry. Assessing the academic state of affairs at the War College, Perry informed Ricks:

It’s worse than you think. They have curtailed the curriculum so that their students are not exposed to radical Islam. Akin to denying students access to Marx during the Cold War.

Be very afraid, concludes Ethel C. Fenig.


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