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The Coughlin Affair

Written by Frank Gaffney

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Decision Brief | Feb 26, 2008
by Frank Gaffney

Steve Coughlin's research on Islamism is being ignored. Imagine trying to fight a war without a clue as to what motivates your enemy or governs his strategy for your destruction. Actually, you don't have to work too hard to get your head around such an insane idea; it is the current practice of the United States government.

muslim20brotherhood.jpgThis is not, of course, the way it is supposed to be.  According, for example, to the Pentagon's own guidelines as reflected in the Army's Field Manual 34-130 dealing with Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB), one of the first tasks in any conflict is to "Evaluate the threat." 
This job requires military personnel to "update or create threat models: convert threat doctrine or patterns of operation to graphics (doctrinal templates); describe in words the threat's tactics and options; [and] identify high value targets."
Such guidance is eminently sensible and needed, not only at the tactical or battlefield level, but also at the strategic level.  In fact, most national security practitioners would find it, well, unimaginable to try to do otherwise.

A Strategic Asset is Shown the Door

Yet, Stephen Coughlin, one of the very few people working for the U.S. government who has rigorously studied the current "threat doctrine" – the wellspring in the traditions, practices and Shariah Law of today's totalitarian ideology known as Islamofascism – is, as of this writing, still being cashiered at the end of next month. 

Worse yet, the individual who seems to be most responsible for shutting down Mr. Coughlin's essential doctrinal analysis and training by driving him out of the Pentagon – one Hesham Islam – seems to be staying in a sensitive position working for the Defense Department's Deputy Secretary, Gordon England.  This notwithstanding serious questions raised about Mr. Islam's public biography, conduct in relation to Muslim outreach, the Coughlin affair and his top secret security clearance.

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