Which one of you mugs had Republicans Attack Pentagon For Being Woke on your 2023 Bingo card?
WASHINGTON – House Republicans plan to open a new front in the culture wars: attacking the Pentagon for its “woke” social policies.
GOP leaders have won an early skirmish. Congress passed a defense bill that will no longer require service members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine – one of many military policies the soon-to-be Republican-led House may spotlight in the next Congress.
GOP members of military oversight committees in Congress are signaling they’ll target the Pentagon over racial curriculum at military academies, efforts to root out extremists from the ranks, and funding for troops’ abortions. The issue could get an increased focus in this Congress as Republican members, who will now control the House of Representatives and its committees, have more sway over the chamber’s agenda.
I need to know more about root out extremists from the ranks –
Among [Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin] first acts as Defense chief was to order a review of extremism among troops. A month after the Jan. 6 insurrection, Austin directed commanders to take a day to stress “the importance of our oath of office; a description of impermissible behaviors; and procedures for reporting suspected, or actual, extremist behaviors.”
“That was his top concern, and he testified about the rising tide of white extremism within the military,” Waltz said.
The Pentagon’s own data show that the concern may have been overblown, Waltz said. There are more than 2 million active-duty and reserve troops in the military. The Pentagon’s review found 211 allegations of extremist behavior that resulted in 183 referrals, investigations, and inquiries, according to the Pentagon Inspector General. Of those, there were 48 instances in which troops were subject to some type of action, and 46 cases resulted in no action. There were 112 referrals to civilian law enforcement agencies.
That data does not fit the narrative that there is an issue with extremism within the military, Waltz said. Yet Pentagon leaders maintain “hyper focus” on diversity, equity and inclusion, a stance that may hurt recruiting, he said.
So, 48/2,000,000+ extremists were found and this is a crisis. Got it.
So what is it that Republicans say is going on?
Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., a member of the Armed Services Committee, said he had received complaints from the family of a cadet at West Point incensed by a course titled “understanding your whiteness and white rage.” Waltz, an Army National Guard colonel and Green Beret, called the course “incredibly divisive” and said it “had no place in the military.”
West Point said it has never offered such a course.
“There is no course at West Point on ‘Understanding your Whiteness’ nor any professor who teaches that the Republican party is a party of white supremacy,” West Point’s public affairs office said in a statement.
So they want to put an end to courses that were never offered.
All of this is to gin-up the outrage machine and keep Possum Hollar engaged. Like most conservatives, these mooks are apparatchiks. It’s all about the career, not the governing.