The American military will conduct a comprehensive review of its training materials in an effort to eliminate any anti-Islamic content, Wired's Danger Room blog reported.
The far-ranging review, ordered by chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, comes after revelations that a Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism at Joint Forces Staff College included material describing the West as being at war with Islam.
It was inflammatory, Lt. Gen. George Flynn, Dempsey's deputy for training and education, told Danger Room. We said, 'Wait a second, that's really not what we're talking about.' That is not how we view this problem or the challenges we have in the world today.
The course in question is one in a string of incidents involving training materials that depict Islam as an enemy of the United States. In November, Danger Room reported that the Obama administration was investigating counterrorism instruction in response to Wired reporting that an FBI official had described Islam, rather than distinct Islamic terror groups, as a central threat.
At the operational level, you have groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaida. Like teeth in a shark, it is irrelevant if you take one group out, the official, William Gawthrop, was captured saying in a video posted by Wired.
New York City Police Department commissioner Ray Kelly also came under fire after the Village Voice reported that police officers were shown a video, entitled The Third Jihad, which described the insidious threat of Muslims in the United States.
Americans are being told that most of the mainstream Muslim groups are moderate, says the narrator, when in fact if you look a little closer you'll see a very different reality. One of their primary tactics is deception.
Kelly acknowledged almost a year later that he had cooperated with the film's creators and agreed to be interviewed on camera, prompting calls for his resignation.