The course included lessons which suggested “the United States is at war with Islam and we ought to just recognize that,” said Navy Captain John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, on Wednesday, according to the Army Times.
Kirby said the material did not reflect the view of the U.S. military.
“Our concern is that there are some unprofessional things being taught to students in a professional military education curriculum.”
In addition to the inquiry at the staff college in Norfolk, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has ordered a force-wide review of all training materials to “scrub” and remove any anti-Islamic elements.
Hundreds of military officers have enrolled in the elective class on Islamic radicalism since it was first offered in 2004. The curriculum was reviewed and approved in 2011, but it is unclear when the information about a broad war between the U.S. and the Islamic religion was added.
“What we do not know is when this inflammatory language got inserted into the actual course material. That is what the inquiry is going to find out — how long have some of these notions been taught?” Kirby said.
(english.alarabiya.net / 25.04.2012)