The Biden-appointed Pentagon leaders lunged at Republican lawmakers on Wednesday during a tense hearing about the Far-Left indoctrination currently underway throughout the U.S. Military. Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz led the charge, accusing the top generals of pushing initiatives like Critical Race Theory and other Leftists ideas that have turned our military “woke.”
The Pentagon leaders expressed their dismay with such accusations.
“I personally find it offensive that you are accusing the United States military, our general officers, of being ‘woke’ or something else…” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley said at the hearing.
NEW – Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs, General Mark Milley, says "Critical Race Theory is important," links "white rage" to Capitol riot on January 6.pic.twitter.com/PmgADl2zEz
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) June 23, 2021
Several lawmakers grilled Gen. Milley and Defense Secretary Austin on why Critical Race Theory was even being introduced in the military lexicon at all. Rep. Gaetz noted a decision made by Sec. Austin to fire Air Force Lt.Col. Matthew Lohmeier after he questioned the spread of Leftism and Critical Race Theory being spread in the military.
Austin denied that the Pentagon teaches or embraces the Far-Left theory, saying such charges were “spurious.”
Gaetz then bluntly asked why Austin immediately hired the noted critical race theorist Bishop Garrison as his top diversity adviser at the Pentagon.
Austin responded, saying he was never aware that Garrison was a “critical race theorist” despite the comments made by Garrison in support of the Leftist trope.
Republican Rep of Florida Mike Waltz chimed in later in the hearing, pointing to a letter from West Point President acknowledging that Critical Race Theory was to become a major tenet in the curriculum for students of West Point Military Academy. Additionally, West Point offers lectures on “whiteness and white rage.”
Austin conceded, agreed with the Florida Republican, saying “That is something that should not occur at West Point.”
Gen. Milley, invited to the hearing by Democrat lawmaker, gave a staunch defense of studying the Far-Left theory, saying he believed it was crucial for future military leaders to be “widely read” on current topics.
Referring to the Capitol protests on Jan 6, Milley said:
“I want to understand white rage, and I’m white. What is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America?”
Milley went on to admit that he has read Mao, Marx, and Lenin, but that it did not make him a Communist.
Gen. Milley immediately became a Leftist hero, with many online liberals celebrating his “takedown” of Gaetz and support for CRT:
Holy shit, General Mark Milley drops knowledge on the importance of teaching Critical Race Theory.
BRILLIANT. 👏👏 https://t.co/6MM8GeIrbP
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) June 23, 2021
Republican lawmakers also questioned the Pentagon’s focus on rooting out “extremists” from the military without clearly defining what exactly is meant by the term.
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) asked Defense Sec. directly: “Does the Department of Defense have a clear definition of extremism?” Rep. Hartzler noting that she sent Sec. Austin numerous letters to clarify the Pentagon’s definition but received no response.
“We are focused on extremist behavior. Not what people think or political ideas or religious ideas, but extremist behavior.”
Hartzler pressed again, “So, do you have a definition of what extremist behavior is?”
Austin dodged the question: “Again, we’re focused on behavior.”
Hartzler asked how he ordered an entire day to do training on extremism without having a definition.
When asked if a soldier’s support for President Donald Trump could be viewed as “extremist behavior,” Sec. Austin said:
“As I said earlier, we are not making this political. I went our troops participate in our political system, which is what the U.S. military fights to defend. I will also say that we strive to be a diverse military — a diverse and inclusive organization. That’s what the United States is all about and what makes the U.S. military great.”
Matt Gaetz was having none of it, and took to his twitter to respond:
With Generals like this it’s no wonder we’ve fought considerably more wars than we’ve won. https://t.co/wt43YAs6cU
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) June 23, 2021
Author: Elizabeth Tierney