With far too many teens being taught in public schools that their country is racist, sexist, bigoted, and evil, it’s hard enough for U.S. military recruiters to convince them to join a branch of service to fight, and possibly die for, America.
Add into that “woke” left-wing leaders, and it’s no wonder there is an increasing shortage of soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen.
A new report from Republican lawmakers cites evidence indicating that the Pentagon brass’s embrace of woke, transgender policies is costing the military dearly.
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rep. Chip Roy of Texas published an 18-page report on Monday that takes aim at several of the military’s top leaders such as Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman and Army Gen. Mark Milley, adding that poor leadership is also distorting the military’s primary mission of defending the country and winning conflicts.
“The United States military is the greatest fighting force in the world. It is also one of the most humble and sacrificial the world has ever known. America’s volunteer warriors regularly risk their lives not in the name of conquest, but so others may be free. They are driven by a love of country and a sense of service and honor that is increasingly rare today,” says an opening summary of the report.
“The United States and the world are better off because of these brave men and women. Unfortunately, President Joe Biden and his administration are weakening America’s warfighters through a sustained assault fueled by woke virtue signaling,” the summary continued.
“Our military’s singular purpose is to ‘provide for the common defense’ of our nation. It cannot be turned into a left-wing social experiment. It cannot be used as a cudgel against America itself. And it cannot be paralyzed by fear of offending the sensibilities of Ivy League faculty lounges or progressive pundits. The world is a dangerous place, and the Biden Administration’s insanity is eroding our greatest source of security in it,” the summary added.
Not surprisingly, the Defense Department pushed back on the report’s findings and doubled down on what the report identifies as harmful emphasis.
“Diversity, inclusion, and equality at its core is about leveraging the strengths of all our people, advancing opportunity, addressing potential barriers or discrepancies, and – fundamentally – ensuring people are treated with dignity and respect,” the DoD said in a statement to the Daily Wire.
“We always talk about weapons systems, yet every one of us will agree that our greatest weapons system are our people. So that’s why our policies to better leverage our people and increase unit cohesion are important here,” the DoD spokesman added.
The outlet notes:
The report singles out several top military officials for criticism: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Milley, who is Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The report also notes the partisan pasts of two top Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) staffers: Bishop Garrison, senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Defense on Human Capital and DEI issues, and Kelisa Wing, the DEI head of the Department of Defense Education Activity.
Just a few weeks after Biden took office, Austin issued a one-day stand-down order to all uniformed military personnel and civilian DoD employees to “discuss extremism in the ranks with their personnel.”
But a follow-up Senate report noted that there is so little actual “extremism” within the military that spending more money on trying to ‘counter’ it was an “inappropriate use of taxpayer funds,” according to the Daily Wire.
Meanwhile, Milley has testified before Congress that he supports “teaching [Critical Race Theory] at U.S. Service Academies,” and that he wants to know what drives “white rage,” the report pointed out.
“The Biden Administration is choosing to focus on and fund the study of racial extremism even when … it is a virtual non-issue in the military,” the report says.
The military under Biden has also bought into the “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility” movement, including in the U.S. Special Forces community.
“The only goal of our Special Forces should be effectiveness. Every other consideration must be subordinate to and in service of that end,” the report says. “[F]orcing our military to engage in DEI trainings encourages supporting and advancing people on criteria other than competence and ability to carry out a mission.”
The two lawmakers also cite the Pentagon for refusing to hold ranking officers accountable for even deadly mistakes, like the withdrawal from Afghanistan in August 2021, during which 13 U.S. servicemembers were killed and more than 150 Afghan citizens in a suicide bombing.