By Stephen Coughlin
After the occasions of September eleven, 2001, Stephen Coughlin was once mobilized from his inner most quarter occupation to the Intelligence Directorate on the Joint Chiefs of employees to paintings in concentrating on. therefore all started his schooling in terrorism. within the years that undefined, Coughlin earned popularity because the Pentagon’s prime professional at the Islamic-based doctrines motivating jihadi teams that confront the US. He got here into call for as a coach and lecturer at prime instructions and senior provider employees associations, together with the nationwide security collage, the military and army conflict schools, the Marine Corps-Quantico, the nation division, and the FBI. So potent have been his displays that a few within the certain operations neighborhood dubbed them “Red tablet” briefings, a connection with an iconic scene within the Matrix. It’s an apt metaphor: as soon as the proof and doctrines are correctly defined and understood, there's no going again. This used to be greater than our enemies – and, it kind of feels, our leaders – may possibly tolerate. starting in 2011, the Muslim Brotherhood confident the White apartment to prohibit Coughlin and placed an finish to his briefings. The movement used to be in accordance with shariah innovations of slander that search to blindfold the United States to yes realities that render us defenseless opposed to a possibility made existential by means of the very lack of expertise it will get our leaders to implement. In instances like this – whilst the White House’s former counterterrorism strategist can claim it unconstitutional to permit nationwide defense analysts to appear to Islam to appreciate jihad – there’s an pressing have to draw back the blindfold with a purpose to see and confront the possibility. Such is the target of Catastrophic Failure. The ebook, drawn seriously from Coughlin’s “outlawed” briefings, is a entire evaluate of Islamic legislations and doctrine recognized to shape the root of adversarial possibility innovations directed opposed to the United States and the West, the demanding situations they current, and the ideologically brought about breakdown of fact-based decisionmaking that's not anything wanting expert malpractice by way of our nationwide defense elites.
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Because the declared enemy stated that his fighting doctrine was based on the Islamic law of jihad, Islamic law had to be incorporated into any competent threat analysis. When assessing al-Qaeda in light of the jihad doctrines that the group’s members actually cite, I came to realize that such doctrines did exist, they are generally cited properly, and that al-Qaeda made plausible claims to be actually following those doctrines. In legal parlance, al-Qaeda’s claims to be operating in accordance with mainstream Islamic law could at least survive summary judgment.
That threat analysis was in line with all the standard doctrines on threat development I had been taught when I learned to do intelligence analysis. Because the declared enemy stated that his fighting doctrine was based on the Islamic law of jihad, Islamic law had to be incorporated into any competent threat analysis. When assessing al-Qaeda in light of the jihad doctrines that the group’s members actually cite, I came to realize that such doctrines did exist, they are generally cited properly, and that al-Qaeda made plausible claims to be actually following those doctrines.
Since America is the world’s only superpower, so their thinking went, there must be some intent, some master plan, behind the administration’s actions, especially in light of the active role it has played since 2010 in toppling Arab governments that had been, up to that point, our allies by adopting new policies that systematically favored the Brotherhood and al-Qaeda. Our Egyptian hosts provided substantive observations to support their concerns and asked us to explain America’s actions. At first, our answers were met with skepticism.