Is this just incompetence, or something more sinister?
President Barack Obama’s Pentagon began issuing campaign patches in April for the men and women in the military who were involved in fighting against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
While all military campaigns generally have a unique patch in which the participating troops can take pride, the patch for the half-hearted, Operation Inherent Resolve has sparked quite a bit of outrage.
The patch was described as “100% Haji style!” by former Army Captain Kevin Casas, on the Military.com website, adding “How about an American looking style symbol? wtf man?”
The campaign patch and accompanying medal feature a palm wreath in a crescent shape, three stars, and crossed scimitars on a green background, all of which bear similarities and associations with symbols of Islam, particularly the short, curved swords and crescent moon shape.
“You can keep that ISIS patch featuring swords that chop off our heads,” wrote former Army chief warrant officer David Clay.
A common complaint amongst the troops is how similar the campaign patch looks in comparison to the logo for the radical Islamist and terror front group, the Muslim Brotherhood, which also features crossed swords on a green background.
Twitter exploded with complaints from service members about the similarities to the Muslim Brotherhood logo, with one user posting, “In the age of Obama, the US Army patch to fight ISIS looks like the Muslim Brotherhood emblem! Utterly shameful!”