January 4, 2008, - 4:32 pm

With a Pentagon Like This, Who Needs Enemies?

By Debbie Schlussel
Last year, I told you about a top Central Command official/David Letterman lookalike, Brig. Gen. Robert Holmes, and his pandering meeting in Dearbornistan with a “former” Islamic terrorist and a host of Islamic extremists.
Well, it’s part of an orchestrated plan by the Pentagon to reach out to extremists and shun criticism of Islam’s dominant radical cloud. The attitude seems to be: Hey, if the FBI, ICE, and the Department of Justice–and even the dopey President–can do it, why can’t we?
Yes, we’ve lost the war domestically, as indicated by the firing of Pentagon Islam expert, Stephen Coughlin:


Stephen Coughlin, the Pentagon specialist on Islamic law and Islamist extremism, has been fired from his position on the military’s Joint Staff. The action followed a report in this space last week revealing opposition to his work for the military by pro-Muslim officials within the office of Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England.
Mr. Coughlin was notified this week that his contract with the Joint Staff will end in March, effectively halting the career of one of the U.S. government’s most important figures in analyzing the nature of extremism and ultimately preparing to wage ideological war against it.
He had run afoul of a key aide to Mr. England, Hasham Islam, who confronted Mr. Coughlin during a meeting several weeks ago when Mr. Islam sought to have Mr. Coughlin soften his views on Islamist extremism.
Mr. Coughlin was accused directly by Mr. Islam of being a Christian zealot or extremist “with a pen,” according to defense officials. Mr. Coughlin appears to have become one of the first casualties in the war of ideas with Islamism.

The officials said Mr. Coughlin was let go because he had become “too hot” or controversial within the Pentagon.
Misguided Pentagon officials, including Mr. Islam and Mr. England, have initiated an aggressive “outreach” program to U.S. Muslim groups that critics say is lending credibility to what has been identified as a budding support network for Islamist extremists, including front groups for the radical Muslim Brotherhood.
Mr. Coughlin wrote a memorandum several months ago based on documents made public in a federal trial in Dallas that revealed a covert plan by the Muslim Brotherhood, an Egyptian-origin Islamist extremist group, to subvert the United States using front groups. Members of one of the identified front groups, the Islamic Society of North America, has been hosted by Mr. England at the Pentagon.
After word of the confrontation between Mr. Coughlin and Mr. Islam was made public, support for Mr. Coughlin skyrocketed among those in and out of government who feared the worst, namely that pro-Muslim officials in the Pentagon were after Mr. Coughlin’s scalp, and that his departure would be a major setback for the Pentagon’s struggling efforts to develop a war of ideas against extremism. Blogs lit up with hundreds of postings, some suggesting that Mr. England’s office is “penetrated” by the enemy in the war on terrorism. . . .
A Joint Staff spokesman had no immediate comment.

With a “defense” department like this, who needs enemies? Thanks to my friend, the great Ruth S. King, for the tip on this latest tragedy and loss for freedom-loving Americans.

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15 Responses

The seeds for the PC, feminized military were planted and grew quickly in the wake of Vietnam, although you could even see it right after WWII.
First clue–the vastly overrated Marshall became the big cheese, inexplicably promoted over MacArthur (not to mention about 200 other more qualified generals), and, of course, MacArthur was later canned…
Add technocrats like the execrable McNamara into the mix, throw in Carter and Clinton, and it’s a wonder that ANYTHING even works these days.
And then, we can’t forget leaving behind POWs in Nam, either. While it may come as a big surprise to those idol worshippers on this site, Mr. Reagan was fully complicit in that sordid business.

Red Ryder on January 4, 2008 at 5:22 pm

Why is ANYONE named Islam working in our Pentagon? Call me an Islamaphobe but I think this is idiocy!

lexi on January 4, 2008 at 5:47 pm

These people are delusional.

Pat on January 4, 2008 at 5:53 pm

Speechless! Flabbergasted. Bush’s legacy has indeed been written and it ain’t that good either.
History will judge him and his ilk fools no better than Emperor Nero from the Roman Empire.
Aside from Duncan Hunter none of the current field of Presidential wannabes have clue either.
Remember folks Presidente Boosh has stated that Islam means peace(Yeah we were f#cked from that moment forward).

warpmine on January 4, 2008 at 7:44 pm

This entry makes me think of Pakistan. In that country, the Islamofascists, to say the least, have significantly infiltrated the Pakistani army. I’d imagine that this is a goal of Islamofascists all over the world, including the United States, although of course, such infiltration and influence is much less. I look at this firing not only as an instance of the Pentagon’s incredible stupidity and political correctness, but as a victory for the islamofascists in their long-term strategy of infiltration.

c f on January 4, 2008 at 8:49 pm

Malignant cancer of the vital organs. Prognosis poor.

poetcomic1 on January 4, 2008 at 9:53 pm

This action is treasonous and treason is punishable by death…

lonewolf on January 4, 2008 at 11:59 pm

McCarthy warned us in the 1950’s that the communists were infiltrating our Government and he was right.
Now we have Islamists infiltrating our own Military.
What planet do these people in the defense department live on?
They have been totaly infected with PC disorder that they cannot see they are subverting our national and domestic defense.
If Duncan Hunter is not our Nominee, I hope and prey our next President puts him as Defense Secretary.

ScottyDog on January 5, 2008 at 1:51 am

I wonder if the Pentagon can explain exactly why they need to “reach out” to Muslims. Are they in charge of national defense, or social engineering?

PJ on January 5, 2008 at 12:04 pm

Debbie, I’m not surprised. It seems anybody who questions Islam or links Islam to terrorism is considered a racist, crackpot, whatever. In response, I would like to see you run for Congress on an anti-Islamist platform. That could win a lot of votes if you’re in the right district. And you could hire Mossad guys for security. And I could be the official anonymous out-of-state campaign supporter.

Anonymous1 on January 5, 2008 at 12:05 pm

Debbie, you frequently provide background details of people you write about. Have you got any details on Hasham Islam’s credentials? Is he a citizen/naturalized or what connections (besides Mr. England) got him this position? If Coughlin must exit, so too should England and Islam. Replace Coughlin with Aayan Hirsi Ali. Replace Islam with Ibn Warraq. As for England – tree, rope . . .

heroyalwhyness on January 5, 2008 at 9:33 pm

Salaam Aleikum,
Just getting ready for the coming Sharia
With the firing of Coughlin and the defeat of the border fence by both parites we’re well on our way.

Facts of Life on January 6, 2008 at 1:29 am

Huh, “our” government,sleeping with the enemy – there’s a first.

OldSchoolW on January 6, 2008 at 11:12 pm

Bush has failed not only those who voted for him, but the country. He, Chertoff, Condi, have become delusional. They now believe in the absurd.

Pat on January 7, 2008 at 2:43 am

Herroyalwhyness asked about this Islam guy. There is a link on Jihadwatch to his story. In the cold war these kinds of guys were called sleeper agents. His son is an officer in the Navy.

Aunt Bea on January 7, 2008 at 8:50 am

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