West Point has a fine and storied tradition: President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation establishing the military academy in 1802.

The same Thomas Jefferson who often repeated the John Bradshaw quote:

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

And the same Thomas Jefferson who wrote:

When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.

West Point created the Combating Terrorism Center after the events of 9/11, in an effort to prepare cadets for the new and dangerous environment of suicidal enemies and thwart future attacks. Sounds good and noble, and in the context of West Point should be well-founded.

However, Dr. Arie Perliger, one of the Center’s experts, published a study in November titled Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right. There is something tremendously unsettling about seeing the words “America’s Violent Far-Right” in the title.

In Challengers, Perliger attempts to sideline West Point’s time-honored motto: Duty, Honor, Country.

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