Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley isn't the one who has to hang his head low. That honor goes to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey. Dooley is in the doghouse with the political, knocked-kneed Dempsey over his approved teachings about militant Islam. That's right, approved teachings.
As a result, Dooley, considered a gifted officer with a bright future, has been handed a one-way ticket out of the Army unless an appeal he's filing succeeds. But just like it's hard to beat city hall, it's tough to beat the Pentagon. Dooley's last recourse is federal court.
Reports The Washington Times:
News of Col. Dooley's setback has emerged as some researchers of radical Islam are criticizing the Obama administration for downplaying the Islamic connection in a string of attempted and successful terrorist attacks, including the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15.
Dooley's woes began when he was serving as a war college instructor. American Muslim groups didn't appreciate Dooley's materials, which provided an honest assessment of militant Islam. A guest lecturer in Dooley's class offered strategic and tactical military advice in the event a Muslim nation (like Iran) acquires nuclear weaponry, which evidently didn't sit well with Pentagon or White House PC peddlers.
Again, from the Times:
Col. Dooley's downfall began in October 2011 with a letter sent by 57 American Islamic organizations to John O. Brennan, then President Obama's counterterrorism adviser and now CIA director.
Brennan is an unapologetic apologist for jihad, as Breitbart reported in February:
Domestically, he [Brennan] claims that radical Islam does not pose its own, unique threat to American security. He has helped strip language about "radical Islam," "jihad," and similar terms from government vernacular, choosing instead to refer to "violent extremism" in an attempt to deny terrorists religious credibility. When it comes to jihad, he stubbornly maintains the word does not belong in conversations about terror, no matter what terrorists themselves say.
This from Dooley's attorney, Richard Thompson, who is president of Michigan's Thomas More Law Center (per the Times):
"Yet, despite Gen. Dempsey's personal attacks on LTC Dooley, a command review board consisting of generals and colonels voted to retain LTC Dooley on the list for battalion command. But political correctness once again dominated the Pentagon. Gen. Lloyd Austin, the Army's Vice Chief of Staff, directed that LTC Dooley's name be removed from the Command List. Sadly, a principle of leadership -- loyalty to the men who are loyal to you -- is once again ignored. And violation of that principle in this case not only results in a miscarriage of justice to a loyal and patriotic officer, but deprives our nation of a proven combat commander."
A good, honorable man, Matthew Dooley is, and a talented officer who could prove invaluable to the nation as he progresses through the upper ranks. But Dooley's career is effectively being scuttled thanks to the tyranny of PC that infects the military and the Obama Administration.
Right-thinking Americans should contact their congressional representatives to demand an investigation of Lt. Col. Dooley's treatment by Dempsey and the Pentagon. Speaker Boehner and House Republicans should spearhead the charge.
Day by day, PC is eroding the nation's security. Lt. Col. Dooley's railroading is simply another sorry example.