Woke Military

The most powerful military on Earth is being systematically dismantled. After 20 years of war, around 75,000 tribesmen humiliated the United States by conquering Afghanistan in under two weeks. When the press asked Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, how such a debacle could happen, he responded: “There was nothing that I saw that indicated a collapse of this army and this government in 11 days.” His comments came just after the New York Times reported that U.S. intelligence had been warning the Taliban could take over Afghanistan if the U.S. withdrew.

Apparently, General Milley either did not read those reports or did not care what they said. On June 23, he was busy admonishing lawmakers that it was important for soldiers to study critical race theory.

“The United States Military Academy is a university, and it is important that we train and we understand,” he said. “I want to understand white rage. I’m white and I want to understand it. So what is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America? I’ve read Mao Tse-Tung. I’ve read Karl Marx. I’ve read Lenin. That doesn’t make me a Communist. So what is wrong with understanding, having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend? I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military, our general officers, our commissioned and non-commissioned officers, of being ‘woke’ or something else because we’re studying some theories that are out there.”

Instead of trying to understand “white rage,” maybe General Milley should have spent more time trying to understand “Islamic rage.” Because while he was busy blaming the January 6 protests on white supremacy and renewing the military’s commitment to “diversity, inclusion and equity,” the Taliban was conquering Afghanistan’s rural provinces and preparing to besiege its cities.

If General Milley has read as much Marx, Lenin and Mao as he claims, then he should know that critical race theory is a Marxist philosophy that substitutes race for class in an attempt to create a revolutionary coalition of ethnic minorities against a white majority. It does not help a person understand “white rage.” It helps destroy a nation or institution through race war.

The Navy’s reading list for sailors includes: “How to Be an Anti-Racist,” by critical race theorist Ibram X. Kendi; “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” by Michelle Alexander; and “Sexual Minorities and Politics”, by Jason Pierceson. This list fosters division by encouraging servicemen to accuse their country and each other of systemic racism and white supremacy. As Daniel Greenfield wrote in an article titled While Afghanistan Fell, Military and CIA Focused on Diversity,” American pows used to be starved, beaten and had bamboo shoots driven under their fingernails without repeating the Marxist dogma they were now indoctrinated with. But hardly a week goes by now without another litany of Marxist confessions at military struggle sessions.

Now, generals who try to warn America about Marxism are ostracized. In May, Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier was relieved of his command for promoting his self-published book, Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military which reached the top spot on Amazon’s bestseller list. During his May 14 appearance on the Information Operation podcast with host L. Todd Wood, Colonel Lohmeier claimed that new military diversity training programs were steeped in Marxism and critical race theory. “Our diversity, inclusion and equity industry and the training we’re receiving in the military via that industry are rooted in critical race theory, which is rooted in Marxism,” he said before recounting how he was given a training manual that cited the January 6 protests as an example of extremism, while ignoring the Black Lives Matter riots that took place following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer last year. Apparently, these comments were enough to get him ousted.

A number of people were surprised when Colonel Lohmeier was fired, but it seems that he may only be the beginning of a much larger military purge. Defense Secretary Lloyd James Austin has hired critical race theorist Bishop Garrison as the Pentagon’s new extremism czar, tasked with purging extremists from the military. His Countering Extremism Working Group will now be monitoring the Internet search histories and social media posts of military personnel, looking for evidence of “extremist behavior.” And to circumvent First Amendment restrictions on government monitoring, Garrison’s group will be paying a private surveillance firm to trawl through the social media accounts of troops to make sure that they are sufficiently “woke” for the U.S. military.

The government has arrested dozens of service members connected to the January 6 protests, but Garrison is likely going after a lot more people than those who participated in those rallies. He supports the New York Times’ 1619 Project and has made Twitter posts alleging that only racists, misogynists, and extremists support Donald Trump. His definition of what constitutes “extremist” behavior likely includes anyone who supports Trump, believes in the U.S. Constitution, opposes critical race theory, or thinks the election was stolen.

Donald Trump has already blamed Joe Biden and his “woke” generals for the Afghan debacle, saying they should have at least blown up the military bases in Afghanistan to prevent the weapons from falling to the Taliban. But it seems the current administration is more concerned about stirring up a civil war in America than about fighting terrorism or winning wars overseas. History shows that when a nation falls into division and infighting, it quickly becomes consumed by crises that leave it vulnerable to attack by foreign enemies.

The Biden administration’s efforts to fundamentally transform America’s military are creating a dangerous level of ideological division. Currently, America’s “woke” military is retreating from foreign enemies, but it may soon be literally fighting itself!

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