The phrase “all options on the table” is largely used in politics as a code phrase conveying the most extreme violence imaginable, without having to explicitly state it. Now it’s being used against American citizens.
Despite the large and active recruitment drives targeting them, a heightened level of casual and toxic Islamophobia within the ranks of America’s Armed Forces is alienating many Muslim Americans who might otherwise consider joining.
With long and seemingly endless conflicts across the Middle East and North Africa, the United States Armed Forces is constantly struggling to meet recruitment targets for its wars. One group that is greatly underrepresented in our armed forces is Muslim Americans; fewer than 10,000 troops list their faith as Islam, accounting for just