Woke US Military Divides Republicans

The culture war that has divided Americans for several years regularly leads us into the absurd.

A scarecrow that we wave everywhere

I have mentioned it here several times, there is indeed a fringe of leftist activists who, locked into a doctrinaire vision, tend to discredit all progressives.

In the last election, many right-wing politicians realized that by waving the scarecrow, you can sometimes win.

We have abused the formula enough and we have long since arrived at the stage of caricature. This is what is happening with the $886 billion budget that the military will have to wait a little longer.

The most extreme Republicans in the House have managed to win in ways that they say avoid wasting taxpayers’ money on ‘woke causes’ like abortion, inclusive measures for community members LGBTQ or medical care for trans soldiers.

I note in passing that this budget, the National Defense Authorization Act, is generally adopted quickly with the collaboration of the two major parties.

Even more cynical than selling the image of an awakened army, the budget voted in the hemicycle will be blocked in the Senate and President McCarthy knew it. It’s a waste of time and money.

The real threat is the far right

This obsession with the so-called “wokism” of military leaders diverts attention from the real problem of the American military, that of the growing influence of the far right.

While it’s hard to give an exact number or percentage, those are hundreds of members of the armed forces who are white supremacist sympathizers or outright associated with organizations like Proud Boys or the Oath Keepers.

The primary terrorist threat to the United States has long been domestic terrorism. That’s what Americans saw in 1995 when decorated veteran Timothy McVeigh detonated a bomb in Oklahoma City.

The US military has long been criticized for being too conservative, failing to recognize the diversity of the population, or failing to protect the rights of all its members with equal zeal.

If the bigger picture isn’t perfect, the 2023 Army has made amends. Recognizing equality or training for diversity is not a wake-up call, it’s just common sense. Getting informed or educated on these subjects does not make a soldier a left-wing extremist!

This is also what General Mark Milley pointed out: “I read Mao Zedong. I read Karl Marx. I read Lenin. That doesn’t make me a communist. Reading Mao or Marx does not make you a communist.

The far right threatens and divides in addition to harming the recruitment of troops. She showed her ugly face on January 6, 2021, and she has the ear of a growing number of the chosen ones. Hopefully military leaders can root it out of the troops.

This article is originally published on news.dayfr.com

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