Written by Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.)
by Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.)
The Current Chairman of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff Is A Disgrace To The United States Military Uniform
“I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any treat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.”
― Douglas MacArthur
“...Obama said, 'I welcome debate among my team, but I won't tolerate division.”
― Bob Woodward, Obama’s Wars
“The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam.”
― Barack Hussein Obama
“I made clear that America is not – and never will be – at war with Islam.” ― Barack Hussein Obama
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) is the highest-ranking military officer in the United States Armed Forces. By law, he is the principal military advisor to the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council. It should be noted that, contrary to common belief, the CJCS does not have operational command authority over U.S. military forces.
The operational chain of command actually runs from the President to the Secretary of Defense directly to the military generals and admirals that are the commanders of the Unified Combatant Commands around the world (for example, the U.S. Central Command with an area of responsibility including countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, most notably Afghanistan and Iraq, and as another example, the U.S. Strategic Command controlling strategic nuclear delivery systems consisting of long range bombers, ballistic missile submarines, and land-based ballistic missiles).
However, the CJCS does preside over and direct the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), which is composed of the four-star chiefs of staff of the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, the Chief of Naval Operations, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and the Chief of the National Guard Bureau. Some of the more important functions of the JCS are to oversee resources and personnel allocated to the combatant commands (like the U.S. Central Command and U.S. Strategic Command) from their respective services and to develop strategic plans and policy to prepare for future military operations around the world. In other words, it is the mission of the JCS to support the operations of America’s combat forces in the field with personnel, intelligence, equipment, logistics, planning, and communications.
The current CJCS is 63 year-old General Martin E. Dempsey, a 1974 West Point graduate who came up through the Army as an armor officer, seeing action in both Operation Desert Storm (The Persian Gulf War) and the Operation Iraqi Freedom (The Iraq War). Dempsey was nominated by President Obama to become the next CJCS to succeed retiring Admiral Michael Mullen (another Obama lapdog, but that is another story), and he was confirmed to the CJCS position by consent of the Senate, as required by law, in August 2011.
General Dempsey’s conduct as CJCS proves that courage on the field of battle – which is not in question – does not necessarily translate into moral and intellectual courage in politically difficult situations. As the above Obama statement about not tolerating anyone who dissents with him makes clear, Obama would only tolerate a “marionette toady” as his principle military lieutenant. Dempsey has proven to be just the military sycophant to carry out Obama’s orders to pretend that Islamist jihad is no threat to U.S. national security; thereby seriously and deliberately endangering the nation he has sworn to protect and defend.
There is no way to know Dempsey’s depth of knowledge about the political and religious imperialism contained in Islam’s “sacred” Quran and Islamic Sharia law, except by his pronouncements and actions. A former CIA case officer and strategic policy and intelligence expert, Claire M. Lopez, has analyzed General Dempsey’s pronouncements and actions in regard to the study of Islam by U.S. military officers in preparation to fight Islamic jihadists:
“The final bastion of America's defense against Islamic jihad and sharia, the Pentagon, fell to the enemy in April 2012, with the issuance of a letter from General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, re-issuing his earlier order that all Department of Defense (DoD) course content be scrubbed to ensure no lingering remnant of disrespect to Islam. [What Dempsey prohibited was doing such “disrespectful” things as quoting the Quran and Sharia verbatim regarding jihad.]
“All U.S. military Combatant Commands, Services, the National Guard Bureau and Joint Staff are under Dempsey's Muslim Brotherhood-dictated orders to ensure that henceforth, no U.S. military course will ever again teach truth about Islam that the jihadist enemy finds offensive (or just too informative). To all intents and purposes, DoD Secretary Leon E. Panetta likewise has acquiesced to a Muslim Brotherhood takeover of U.S. military education.”
Dempsey’s unprecedented censorship order to deprive U.S. forces, training to fight jihadists, of vital information about an existential enemy can be directly traced to the October 19, 2011 letter to the White House, signed by 57 Muslim organizations. This letter demanded that all training materials not meeting their approval be “purged” from the curricula of FBI and U.S. military schools, and that instructors “guilty” of teaching the Islamic Sharia to U.S. military officers be “purged” and “effectively disciplined.”
Obviously Obama ordered that the Muslim demand be honored throughout the U.S. Government, including in the FBI and U.S. military, because, subsequently, both these organizations expunged training materials about Islamic jihadist warfare. In World War II, imposing censorship by eliminating training materials disagreeable to the enemy would have been the equivalent of turning the U.S. military training syllabus over to Heinrich Himmler to approve.
To Dempsey’s everlasting shame, at a C-SPAN-televised Pentagon News Conference on May 10, 2012, General Dempsey, with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta at his side, personally attacked and condemned Army Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Matthew Dooley, a subordinate Army officer who was subsequently prohibited from publicly defending himself. Dooley’s “crime” in Dempsey’s dhimmitude book was teaching the truth about the bloody theo-political, religious imperialism of Islam in a course entitled, “Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism” at the Joint Forces Staff College.
The National Defense University, of which the Joint Forces Staff College is a component school, states in its faculty handbook that students and teachers may express opinions “free of limitations, restraints or coercion by the University or external environment,” and that “no subject or issue is considered taboo.” LTC Dooley’s teaching materials, which Dempsey found so objectionable, in contravention of NDU policy, stated that the Islamic doctrinal template laying the basis for how they will fight were the Islamic Quran and Islamist law as contained in the Sharia.
Here is a small part of what those Islamic Quran and Sharia sources mandate about Islamic religious jihad war against all non-Muslims.
A note on the Quran: Information in brackets “[ ]” are additional English words included for clarity that are implied in the original Arabic, but are not overtly stated in these exact words because of linguistic dissimilarity between English and Arabic. Additionally, there is also bracketed information that explains Muslim concepts familiar to Arabic speakers, but not to English speakers.
QURAN Sura 5:51: O you, who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you - then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing [Jewish and Christian] people. ~ Words of the Islamic god, Allah
QURAN Sura 9:29: Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day [Islamic “last things” eschatology] and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger [Muhammad] have made unlawful [that is, do not practice Islamic Sharia jurisprudence] and who do not adopt the religion of truth [Islam] by those [Jews and Christians] who were given the Scripture - [fight] until they give the jizyah [Muslim “mafia-style protection money” called a “tax” for non-Muslims, which was obligatory to buy their lives on a year-to-year basis] willingly while they are humbled. ~ Words of the Islamic god, Allah
The following segments are cited from the pre-eminent source for Sharia Law, Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Law:
SHARIA o9.0 JIHAD [Islamic Sharia-Note: The Sharia is the code of law derived from the Quran and from the teachings and examples from Mohammed’s life recorded in the Sira and Hadiths; the Sharia is the body of legal doctrines that regulate all aspects of the lives of those who profess Islam and of non-Muslims who live under Islamic rule.]
SHARIA o9.0: Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word ‘mujahada’ signifying warfare to establish the religion.
SHARIA o9.0 (3): “I have been commanded [by Allah] to fight [all] people until they testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah . . . ” [this recitation is the “Shahada” – recited when declaring oneself a Muslim] ~ Quoted as the words of Muhammad, Prophet of Islam
SHARIA o9.1: Jihad is a communal obligation
SHARIA o9.3 Jihad is also obligatory for everyone able to perform it, male or female, old or young
The quotations above from the Quran and Sharia were the essence of the Islamic ideas that LTC Dooley taught in his “Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism” course. These aren’t Dooley’s ideas and words; these are the ideas and words of the God of Islam – Allah, and of Muhammad – the Prophet of Islam. Nevertheless, Dempsey displayed his ignorance of Islam, as well as his lackey subservience to Obama, by misattributing the bellicose extremism of Allah and Muhammad to LTC Dooley! LTC Dooley was merely teaching the warlike nature of Islam that honest students of the Islamist culture acknowledge as fact.
“I am concerned that academic institutions within the DoD may be presenting materials, both by DoD instructors and guest lecturers...that are...disrespectful of the Islamic religion." The obvious question that Dempsey’s foolish and counterfactual assertion brings immediately to mind is, “how is presenting Islam’s doctrinal warfare jihadism disrespectful of Islam?!” After all, there are 109 verses or suras in the Quran that call for Muslims to war on non-Muslims in order to install the total dominance of Islam over all other belief systems, secular and religious, worldwide. The second question that comes to mind is, “why is Dempsey alleging that Islamic jihadist doctrine, as stated in the Quran and Sharia, is not calling for religious warfare against non-Muslims, when it clearly is as demonstrated in the quotations above?”
Dempsey’s craven handling of the miscarriage of justice against LTC Dooley indelibly marks him as political hanger-on, lacking moral and intellectual courage without integrity. But besides obediently carrying out Obama’s bidding to suppress truth and reality about the deadly threat of Islam [“I made clear that America is not – and never will be – at war with Islam.”], Dempsey failed in executing his CJCS responsibility to have an emergency military plan to defend U.S. diplomatic facilities in al Qaeda-infested North Africa on the 2012 anniversary of 9/11. On January 15, 2014 the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence issued a blistering criticism of Dempsey for this monumental failure. But the committee didn’t just stop at Dempsey’s bungle in not planning to defend the obvious potential jihadist U.S. target in Benghazi. The senators also indicted Dempsey’s entire term as CJCS:
“The tenure of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, has been marked by what we view as significant deficiencies in command. From Syria to Benghazi, there has been either a profound inability or clear unwillingness to identify and prevent problems before they arise. Given the known operating environment in Benghazi, much less North Africa, a strong military leader would have ensured there was a viable plan in place to rescue Americans should the need arise.”
In Obama the U.S. has a president who is clearly devoid of integrity (“If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like you healthcare plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period.”) and competence (“We will not repeat the mistake of the past, when we turned our back on Afghanistan following Soviet withdrawal. As 9/11 showed us, the security of Afghanistan and America is shared”). Obviously, Obama deliberately lied to the American people about the consequences of Obamacare, and the politico-military strategy he has pursued in Afghanistan is leading to the exact same situation that followed the Soviet withdrawal – Taliban control of the country. Obama’s lack of integrity and competence is in plain view for everyone to see and is undeniable.
Consequently, it follows logically that Obama would select an officer like Dempsey who shares his paucity of integrity and competence to be his principal military advisor.
Under the U.S. governmental system of civilian control of the military, the president is entitled to choose the type of principal military advisor he desires. The only way to change the type of officer advising the president is to change the type of president the American people select.
Col. Thomas Snodgrass, USAF (retired) served over a year in Peshawar, Pakistan, working with Pakistani military intelligence. During his year in Vietnam he daily scheduled 130 U.S. Army and Air Force intelligence collection aircraft. In his final overseas tour he was the U.S. Air Attaché behind the Iron Curtain in Warsaw, Poland. In total, Col.
Snodgrass was variously an Intelligence Officer or an International Politico-Military Affairs Officer serving duty tours in seven foreign countries, as well as teaching military history and strategy at the Air War College, US Air Force Academy, and USAF Special Operations School during a thirty-year military career.
Additionally, he was awarded an Air Force scholarship to get a history master’s degree in revolutionary insurgent warfare at the University of Texas, as well as being granted a year's educational sabbatical to teach and to write about international relations on a graduate school level as an Air Force Research Associate at the Center for Advanced International Studies, University of Miami, Florida. Following the Air Force, Col. Snodgrass was an adjunct professor of military history for ten years at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Arizona.