Scott noted here Bill Gertz’s report on the conflict inside the Defense Department between Stephen Coughlin, a leading student of Islamic extremism, and Hasham Islam, an aide to Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon R. England who conducts Muslim outreach on behalf of DoD. Coughlin had pointed out, based in part on information that came to light in the Holy Land Foundation trial in Texas, that several of the groups participating in Mr. Islam’s outreach program are front organizations for the pro-jihad Muslim Brotherhood.
Gertz now reports that Islam won the bureaucratic battle: Coughlin has been fired from the U.S. military’s Joint Staff:
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.
The officials said Mr. Coughlin was let go because he had become “too hot” or controversial within the Pentagon.
It was bad enough when this kind of thinking dominated the State Department. Now, it’s spread to DOD and the military.
SCOTT adds: Andrew Bostom comments here; Andrew McCarthy comments here, and Roger Kimball comments here.
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