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Awakening Warrior: How The US Military Views God As The Enemy
In the US Military's School of Advanced Military Studies in Ft. Leavenworth, KS, God is considered a 'delusion', and they teach that the world would be better off if Jesus never appeared on the scene. Today we present one such professor who does not believe in American Exceptionalism, God and the Bible, or the American way of life as we know it. And what he does believe, and teach, will shock you. Professor Timothy Challens wrote the book, Awakening Warrior, and you need to know that what is contained in it has influenced an entire generation of warfighters, and paints a frightening picture of what's coming.
Awakening Warrior: Revolution in the Ethics of Warfare
Author: Timothy L. Challans
Associate Professor of Philosophy at the School of Advanced Military Studies.
Published by: State University of New York Press
Professor Challans is an instructor that the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), United States Army Command and General Staff College, For Leavenworth, Kansas. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, and he retired from full-time teaching at Ft. Leavenworth in 2009. But his book remains.
"The Bible is one of the most genocidal books ever written. The necessary illusion propagated currently is that the Islamic faith is somehow more dangerous and violent than the Christian faith. Others may take a different approach and claim that the current rash of Islamist extremists is a perversion of peaceful religion. I would argue that all of the Abrahamic religions are equally dangerous because they are all based on faith, which by definition is the lack of reason. " Awakening Warrior p.70
America is the problem, not the solution
NTEB Analysis: When reading the Preface, the author creates a dismal picture of America and the American military. Professor Challans makes statements about America's failures and wars in the last 50 years. He talks about a new American militarism. He also writes about the "American war machine"as if it were a runaway military not under the direction of Congress and the president:
"Now that America has established over the past half-century a record of perpetual fighting, engaging for the most part in one unwinnable war after another, it is time to face the possibility that the American war machine may be doing something wrong. I am retired from the Army now, and after a career of experience and reflection I am left pondering some very painful questions about recent generations. Where did we go wrong? Many people will no doubt wonder what I mean. How did we help to make the world a worse place?"Awakening Warrior Preface xii
Now that warrior is awake, is the battle for or against America?
NTEB Analysis: From the very beginning Professor Challans sets up that America is wrong, it is off course, and it is without moral guidelines. America enters into one war after another and is making the world unsafe.
|From the start, Professor Challans established a false premise about America and the military, and this false premise continues throughout his entire book. Added to this false premise are numerous historical errors to try and build a case that Americans and our army have been misguided throughout history. Based on a false premise, he then offers a new "moral course"for the American army. He states that he has taught over 1000 students, and the ideas in the book are his and do not reflect the opinions or attitudes of the military schools:
"The reader should realize that my arguments are my own and do not reflect the opinions or attitudes of any military school or organization. My personal experience in the military motivates these meditations, but my argument is not merely the universal extrapolation of my singular experience.""More than a decade of teaching more than a thousand military students from the rank of cadet to colonel has provided me invaluable insights."Awakening Warrior Preface xii
NTEB Analysis: The army, by tacit approval, is agreeing with the professor when he is allowed to teach in the various army war colleges. If he is teaching the information in this book and what he said on an Internet interview (Attachment 6), then he is representing the military's view to the students! He represents the United States Army when he teaches history and current events at the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS). If the army disagrees with Professor Challans, why then is he allowed to teach aspiring senior officers? Professor Challans boldly states that a revolution in American thinking is needed! The old thinking has to give way to a new thinking. He is challenging the very structure and methods employed by ethics educators! He ends the Preface by stating he has guarded optimism for moral progress in the military because soldiers are waking up and are the vanguard of the revolution:
"By revolution I mean a complete overturn, a new paradigm. My long association with this topic has led me to think the problem is systemic. Trying to repair the old system will not work. This book will be another critique among many. But this book is different because it is a systemic critique. Under the old paradigm, the solution would be to simply adjust the content of moral education: better stories, clearer rules, more relevant case studies. This won't work. My critique is not about content-what they should think. I am challenging the very structures, the methods, employed by ethics educators. This revolution will empower the warrior to know how to think about ethics, not just what to think." Awakening Warrior Preface xiii
NTEB Analysis: At the end of the book, he states his guarded optimism is based on students passing through the School of Advanced Military Studies! He is a professor at this school, so is it because of his radical ideas he is teaching, that he has this kind of optimism? He also reveals that part of his idea for the new thinking is to allow officers to disobey and dissent within the military. Is insubordination a key factor of this "new revolution"that the professor is promoting?
"I end with guarded optimism, for the warrior is awakening. Some warriors are beginning to think about war and morality in a serious way. Some are even thinking about means and ends in a more intellectually robust way. For example, planners who were involved in the current war in Iraq, who had been graduates of the School of Advanced Military Studies, such as Colonel Kevin Benson, had done some serious planning for the phase of the operation after the kinetic phase."
"But since the days of invincible ignorance are gone (the medieval separation between the political and military spheres), we need a revolution in discourse so there are legitimate avenues of public reason and disagreement, dissent, and disobedience within the war machine. We need a healthier culture so that people know when and where they can speak out, disobey, walk away, or even resign in protest."Page 186 " Awakening Warrior Page 185-86
NTEB Analysis: It appears that insubordination is now a virtue in the new army envisioned by Professor Challans. He also is calling for a merger of the political and military spheres which is extremely dangerous. Under a dictatorship both spheres are mixed together and are used to oppress the people. As a citizen of the United States I find it frightening that a professor at an army war college is advocating merging the political and military arms of the government.
"For years after Desert Storm I wanted to believe, like many Americans, that the U.S. military had completed a moral transformation. Those of us who had been duped by our own propaganda wanted to believe that the indiscriminate killing in Vietnam had been replaced by precision munitions in Desert Storm and beyond, that the repugnant crimes of war so prevalent in the degenerate destructive fighting in Indochina had been replaced by consciously clean conventional fighting in the Gulf, and also that the psychotic psychologies of a bankrupt former generation had been swept away by a reformed professional military that fought with moral clarity and certainty. But the progress that I and many others had imagined was a myth. The story that we told ourselves in the last quarter of the twentieth century was as follows: The American military had arguably reached its historical nadir in the Vietnam era, a military bereft of most social or moral qualities."Awakening Warrior Page 11
NTEB Analysis: I believe the above quote represents an accurate overview of Professor Challans' thinking as reflected in Awakening Warrior. This paragraph says it all. He views the American Army and people of a former generation as psychotic and bereft of most social or moral qualities. His book is full of this nonsense. I am of this former generation and friends of mine died in Vietnam. The soldiers that fought in Vietnam were not the savages the professor is trying to create. There are not enough words in my vocabulary to express the horror of this quote. This is part of his showing how awful Americans are along with the army. It reminds me of Senator John Kerry's now infamous statement calling his fellow soldiers "Baby Killers."Both this quote of the professor and Senator Kerry's statement are patently false. For this statement by the professor, the Secretary of Defense needs to apologize to the American people, and especially to those families that lost a soldier in Vietnam, for allowing this man to teach at the army war college. I can only imagine the horror for those that are reading my report who lost a son, brother, dad or husband in Vietnam. I share your sorrow, but this professor and the war college must be exposed.
The professor goes beyond Vietnam back to World War ll and claims that America committed nuclear holocaust, genocide and massacres. Americans did not commit genocide or are massacres as part of United States military doctrine:
"Apparently, the moral problems that consumed the American military in earlier decades-nuclear holocaust, genocide, and massacre-are problems of the past. " Awakening Warrior Page 11
NTEB Analysis: The professor further argues that the invasion of Iraq was illegal. He claims the invasion by the United States was a blatant disregard of the rule of law, and he connects this to American exclusionism as a tenet of American foreign policy:
"In so many ways the warrior's moral sentiment remains counterintuitive to law and morality. That war apologists want to justify invading Iraq because of Iraq's disregard for the rule of law-while the invasion itself is a blatant disregard for the rule of law-rates pretty highly on a scale of unself-conscious irony. American exclusionism is a central tenet of U.S. foreign policy."Awakening Warrior Page 10
The US Government does not see where Islam is the problem, but it does list bible believers as a 'threat'. Hmmmm.....
In Challens view, America deserved to be attacked on 9/11
NTEB Analysis: It was according to the Constitution that Congress authorized the war with Iraq; therefore this war was legal. What law is the professor referring to? This statement of his delegitimizes the war. Yet while under the Constitution it is definitely legal. As Americans, we answer to the Constitution and our laws. Professor Challans states that both the fire-bombings along with the nuclear bombing of Japanese cities were immoral and based upon the ends-means reasoning of the military. He also questions why the soldiers were so persuaded to dismiss the immorality of the fire-bombings. He then connects the same thinking to the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. He calls these wars "manifestly criminal actions"done in the name of security:
"Even acts that are manifestly illegal or manifestly immoral can be dismissed or forgotten if these acts helped to bring about victory. Many people in the military still applaud the bombing of Japan, for example-the fire-bombing as well as the nuclear bombing-because they believe these actions were decisive in an American victory. We have to ask why the warriors are so persuaded to dismiss the manifest immorality of the Japanese bombings. Why are they so willing to morally justify America's actions? Their conclusions can very strongly be attributed to the inadequate ends-means reasoning that the military institution employs. Those who argue to justify the manifestly criminal actions over the past six years in the name of secutiry are avoiding the appraisal of means employed. "Awakening Warrior Page 96 paragraph 2
NTEB Analysis: Professor Challans then claims that the way the United States defeated Japan in World War ll was not honorable; therefore, America did not have healthy international relations which helped create the Cold War with Russia. He also picked up on the thinking of the Muslim terrorist who used such ideology to justify their 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. The terrorist Ramzi Yousef stated that the attack was retribution to avenge the damage America inflicted by our bombing of Japan. The professor also adds that the victory over Japan "ran counter to the constitutional purpose of providing for the common defense."He refers to America's way of ending of the war with Japan as terrorism:
"Let's say that the American Navy defeated the Japanese Navy to bring about an honorable victory (perhaps apart from the unrestricted American submarine warfare in the Pacific). Let's say, for the sake of argument, that the rest of the military .had followed suit and had defeated the Japanese military, gaining an honorable victory. Then the end of achieving this honorable victory would have been the means to achieve an enduring peace. The end of this enduring peace would in turn have become the means to achieve normal, healthy international relations. This is how the continuum should work. But it did not work this way. The way American ended the war with Japan helped to start the Cold War. Remember, Walzer called it an act of terrorism that left America vulnerable for reprisals. And the 1993 bomber of the World Trade Center, Ramzi Yousef, testified that his motivation was to avenge the deaths that America inflicted by the bombing of Japan. So the way we ended World War II helped to motivate not only the Cold War but also the acts of terrorism against us today. The pursuit of victory in World War II ran counter to the constitutional purpose of "providing for the common defense," when considering the long view and the global system."Awakening Warrior Page 123
NTEB Analysis: In a seemingly treasonous way, Professor Challans is agreeing with the idea of terrorists in their motive for attacking America. This is perhaps the most serious statement of Professor Challans against America. To the Islamic terrorists, America is the great Satan that stands in the way of an Islamic caliphate in the Middle East and the world. America is also an ally of Israel. These were their reasons for attacking America. The firebombing of Japan had nothing to do with the Islamic terrorist attacks on America. It was just an excuse to try and justify their terrorism, and Professor Challans goes along with this argument! It is beyond comprehension that a Professor in a military war college would agree with the reasoning of Islamic terrorists for their attack on America. This justifying of the terrorists' motives is a form of giving aid and comfort to the enemy. The following quote is more amazing reasoning from a professor at the School of Advanced Military Studies:
"Let's take a closer look at the code of the warrior. Victory loses its meaning if nation-states are unwilling to lose. The same warrior code that Westerners admire as part of Japanese culture-a code that encourages victory at any price while forbidding defeat-paradoxically escalated the brutality of World War II until it ended in a horrific cataclysm. The warrior code appears to be admirable at first glance: never give up, death before dishonor, and so on. But should it be so admirable? The Japanese soldiers were fanatics, even becoming suicidal (from a Western viewpoint-the Japanese did not consider it to be suicide). The suicidal fanaticism displayed by the Japanese soldiers on the Pacific Islands was met with like determination by the Americans, which led to fighting as barbaric as any in history. The code appears to work fine as long as only one side in a conflict practices it, but barbarism returns as soon as both sides adopt it. As soon as one side has adopted the code, however, it has departed from one of the foundations of conventional warfare."Awakening Warrior Page 123
Christianity is the enemy, God is a 'delusion'
NTEB Analysis: Professor Challans then states he is alarmed about the trend in the military of merging ethical and religious thinking into a moral fundamentalism. He is concerned about Christianity being more open in the work place. He then attacks General William Boykin for statements he made. Professor Challans then links General Boykin's fundamental Christian beliefs with that of Islamic terrorists! He doubts that the General's decision making because he is conditioned by millennial apocalyptic beliefs:
"A dangerous recent trend in military ethics is the merging of ethical thinking with religious thinking, a kind of moral fundamentalism evolving from the twin roots of political and moral authority. Religious neutrality has shifted to that of religious foundation. The military over the last decade has become more and more openly religious, and this openly religiosity in the workplace is becoming more and more accepted, partly due to the current interest in indoctrinating morality. The recent publicity over retired General William Boykin's grandiloquent religiosity is instructive in at least two ways. First, we should seriously challenge the idea of having a person in such a strategic position during an interminable war against terrorism whose religious fundamentalism rivals that of those with whom we are allegedly at war against. Should someone whose perceptions, beliefs, conclusions, and judgments are conditioned by millennial apocalyptic presumptions be making decisions about actionable intelligence? With General Boykin, religion has made its way into the strategic level of politico-military affairs."Awakening Warrior Page 44,45
NTEB Analysis: These statements by Professor Challans about "millennial apocalyptic presumptions"are expanded upon in Major Stuckert's report Strategic Implications of American Millennialism. This again shows the direct link between Challans and Stuckert. Does Professor Challans have any understanding of American history and how chaplains and Christianity are ingrained in the military from the beginning of the nation? He thinks this is a late development and wants the army divorced from anything that is Christian. Professor Challans then links President George W. Bush with Osama bin Laden by claiming that that President Bush uses irrational rhetoric just as does Osama bin Laden. He called it an apocalyptic code. He also claims that the war on terror is a quasi-religious crusade against terror by the President! These statements appear as clear insubordination and/or treason on the part of a professor at the School of Advanced Military Studies:
"This phenomenon has never been as prominent as it has become during the administration of George W. Bush. Religionists are making headway symbolically and substantially as well. Christian symbols will become more prominent in our governmental and educational spheres. Christians enjoy political financial support and incentives as well as a level of influence never before seen. The "Vatican of the West," Colorado Springs, headquarters the most powerful political lobbies in American politics. The Dominionists-with a Christo-fascist agenda that falls nothing short of creating an American Taliban-were "fundamental" in the last presidential election. President Bush employs the same irrational rhetoric that Osama bin Laden: uses apocalyptic code that conveys a Manichean struggle between good and evil, invoking an inevitable clash of civilizations. In reality, we are faced with a "clash of fundamentalisms." And the military chaplaincy has become more evangelical every year."Awakening Warrior Page 45,46
"The specter of religious authority in the military looms over most of them, haunting them to believe that religion and morality should be linked together for the military as a public institution. This belief is increasingly problematic in the military, even more so when the commander-in-chief, to whom they already defer to in the extreme, brings religion into the public, political domain and leads the country through its moral discourse into a quasi-religious crusade against terrorism."Awakening Warrior Page 32,33
NTEB Analysis: The professor claims that he detailed in his book actual war crimes and atrocities scripturally commanded by God. He claims the Bible is one of the most genocidal books ever written and adds that all the Abrahamic religions are dangerous because they are based on faith. He also states that Sampson was the first suicide killer, and Christianity is laced with the ideas of sacrifice and martyrdom:
"Chapters 1 and 3 detail many of the actual war crimes and atrocities scriptually commanded by God, demonstrating the first untenable consequence of basing military ethics on religion. The Bible is one of the most genocidal books ever written. The necessary illusion propagated currently is that the Islamic faith is somehow more dangerous and violent than the Christian faith. Others may take a different approach and claim that the current rash of Islamist extremists is a perversion of peaceful religion. I would argue that all of the Abrahamic religions are equally dangerous because they are all based on faith, which by definition is the lack of reason. Islamic suicide bombing is a recent phenomenon, roughly only two decades old. The first suicide killer was Sampson, and Christianity is laced with ideas of sacrifice and martyrdom."Awakening Warrior Page 47 paragraph 1
NTEB Analysis: The professor then links the killing of 3,000 Americans on 911 with the United States war on terrorism by claiming America has killed one hundred times that many (300,000). He links America defending itself against Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq as equivalent to the attack on the United States. He claims that America is a fundamentalist Christian nation with a fundamentalist president and will never acknowledge this mass killing. He then makes this into a religious war where America thinks it is good and the Islamic terrorists are evil, but "evil is in the eye of the religious beholder."
"The world is on fire right now, fueled by religiously informed political action. Rarely a day has gone by in the last six years that I have not been reminded in some way that non-state actor Islamic fundamentalist extremists killed three thousand Americans. And I am consistently reminded of the dangers of an emerging Islamic threat that is a state actor-Iran. I would like to see a single acknowledgment that a fundamentalist Christian nation with a fundamentalist president has been responsible for the deaths of potentially one hundred times that many. The government can never make this acknowledgment, though. Their attack was "unjust" our' response "just." The Americans who died were "innocent." This scholastic language is religiously informed. We are good, and our enemy is evil; there can be no comparison. But evil is in the eye of the religious beholder."Awakening Warrior Page 48,49
NTEB Analysis: As a citizen of the United States, I want to think the very best about the United States military. With Professor Challans' teaching in the war college my faith in America is unnerved. It is incredulous to think that Major Hasan, an Islamic jihadist, could give public jihad PowerPoint presentations to the military. I find it just as incredulous that Professor Challans can openly teach at the School of Advanced Military Studies, United States Army Command and General Staff College. The quotes from his book speak for themselves. I am very concerned that a cabal has formed in this war college.
The feedback has been positive, from students and colleagues. Nobody has approached me to challenge me on anything I've said. I think the time is right for a moral dialogue of the sort I'm trying to carry out, one that can be critical enough to help us better understand where we've been, what we're doing, and where we're going. Awakening Warrior - interview
The last words by Challens should be sending ice-cold chills down your spine, he is telling you that his very anti-American manuscript is approved, accepted and taught by the staff at the War College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. It is poisoning the minds of a whole new generaiton of warfighters. When Adolf Hitler was imprisoned in 1928, he dictated the words to his book, Mein Kampf, in which he very clearly told to anyone who was listening his plan for Germany and the Jews if he ever got in power. Challens does no less, he loudly broadcasts his hatred and contempt for America and especially bible-believing Americans. The handwriting is truly on the wall, and it spells disaster for lovers of God and freedom.
Read Part 1: US Military Now Identifies Bible Believers As Threat To Nat'l Security
Read Part 2: Professor Challens and the Anti-Christian Cabal In The Army
Read Part 3: How The Progressive Left Is Sodomizing The Military
Read Part 4: Declaration of God's Holiness To the United States of America