By Stephen Coughlin
After the occasions of September eleven, 2001, Stephen Coughlin used to be mobilized from his inner most zone profession to the Intelligence Directorate on the Joint Chiefs of employees to paintings in concentrating on. therefore begun his schooling in terrorism. within the years that undefined, Coughlin earned popularity because the Pentagon’s prime specialist at the Islamic-based doctrines motivating jihadi teams that confront the United States. He got here into call for as a coach and lecturer at prime instructions and senior carrier employees associations, together with the nationwide protection college, the military and army warfare schools, the Marine Corps-Quantico, the country division, and the FBI. So powerful have been his shows that a few within the unique operations group dubbed them “Red tablet” briefings, a connection with an iconic scene within the Matrix. It’s an apt metaphor: as soon as the evidence and doctrines are adequately defined and understood, there's no going back.
This used to be greater than our enemies – and, it kind of feels, our leaders – might tolerate. starting in 2011, the Muslim Brotherhood confident the White residence to prohibit Coughlin and positioned an finish to his briefings. The stream was once in accordance with shariah thoughts of slander that search to blindfold the United States to definite realities that render us defenseless opposed to a hazard made existential by means of the very lack of know-how it will get our leaders to implement. In instances like this – while the White House’s former counterterrorism strategist can claim it unconstitutional to permit nationwide safety analysts to seem to Islam to appreciate jihad – there’s an pressing have to draw back the blindfold so they can see and confront the hazard. Such is the target of Catastrophic Failure. The publication, drawn seriously from Coughlin’s “outlawed” briefings, is a accomplished evaluation of Islamic legislations and doctrine identified to shape the root of adversarial possibility suggestions directed opposed to the USA and the West, the demanding situations they current, and the ideologically triggered breakdown of fact-based decisionmaking that's not anything wanting expert malpractice through our nationwide safeguard elites.
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As a result, the initial draft of the book was quickly rendered OBE – overcome by events. But by the summer of 2014, thanks to the editorial assistance of Marilyn Stern, the project was back in full swing. While the manuscript faithfully reflected the material as I briefed it in my various presentations, it became clear that if published in that form, there would be substantial overlap, as individual briefings often keyed off points common to all of them. David Reaboi and Kyle Shideler recommended a more systematic approach, then undertook the painstaking effort of bringing this about.
This strategic incoherence in the War on Terror will increasingly be measured by news stories that reveal senior leaders’ inability to answer basic questions about the nature of the enemy and his environment. It will also manifest itself in official responses to terrorist attacks that become progressively less reality-based. As the American people grow more outraged, those professionally and constitutionally tasked with keeping them safe continue to lack awareness, understanding, and even professional curiosity about the doctrines that drive enemy action.
They still are. Banned By The White House In October 2011, elements of the American Muslim Brotherhood wrote the White House demanding an embargo or discontinuation of information and materials relating to Islamic-based terrorism—even insisting on firings, “re-training,” and “purges” of officers, analysts, special agents, and decisionmakers who created or made such materials available. The letter was drafted by Farhana Khera, President and Executive Director of Muslim Advocates, and addressed to John Brennan, then Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism (now Director of the CIA).