Battlefield Basket Weaving

Some people will tear their hair out by the roots after seeing my title, but my purpose here in using a facetious title is to draw attention to the horrendous culture of political correctness that has crept in the United States military, especially during the Obama and Biden years. The military is foisting a leftist culture on its members, sacrificing training and strategy for what is essentially becoming a social experiment. Today we will discuss the harm that is being done by leftists to our military readiness.

What is the purpose of a military? According to the late Rush Limbaugh, it is to kill people and break things. That’s a very terse statement by the late talk show host, but essentially correct. We live in a very dangerous world, with warfare unfortunately being one of our primary occupations. We are stuck with that; humans are a warrior species, with newer and more frightening weapons being in constant development. We have enemies that we either keep up with, or we can capitulate to. Political correctness, usually called being woke today, is ruining our ability to fight wars.

Take an incident involving pigs, where a marine corps colonel was relieved of command apparently due to pigs. (1). It seems that two leftist groups. This incident is controversial, and the exact reasoning was being kept secret, but PETA and the Physicians Committe for Responsible Medicine, got into the act and mentioned the Colonel by name, and he was fired. The two leftist groups were demanding that the use of live swine in battlefield medical training be terminated.

Another officer who got in trouble over political correctness was Lt. Colonel Michael Spillane, an Army reserve officer whose political opinions in a memo to his troops, and in social media posts, got him court martialed. “Lt. Col. Michael Spillane, a medical officer with the 7207th Medical Support Group based out of Webster, New York, wrote a memo to soldiers under his command in June 2020, warning them of the “medical crisis created by China” and that “peaceful assemblies have turned into riots, looting, and shooting.”

All of what he said was true, yet a politically woke commander Col. Jeffery Wood decided that you don’t say such things. This was a case of hard core liberalism ruining the career of an honorable man. (2,3)

This change has been building for a long time, transcending presidents and doing serious harm to readiness. Because of the unpopularity of the Vietnam conflict, then President Nixon ended the involuntary conscription of young men into the service, beginning the downhill slide of our military. Social issues like homosexuality and women in the military began to take toll on the military. In 1993, President Bill Clinton instituted the policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell” which lasted until 2011, where full permission to serve in the military was given. (4)

Politicians have been busy replacing career military officers who are dedicated to defense of this country with “woke” personnel who are more concerned with pronouns and how to speak correctly rather than defending this country. Arizona State University Army ROTC cadets were allegedly pressured to walk around in high heels to raise awareness for sexual violence against women! (5) Surely this has nothing to do with defending this country against the myriads of threats that we face.

One of the worst incidents caused by political correctness was the fall of Afghanistan. While there was general agreement that the time had come to leave, the way it was done led to total disaster. The Taliban came out of their caves, and surrounded Kabul. How could this have happened? The secretary of defense, Lloyd James Austin III is ultimately responsible, another woke bureaucrat. He is a leftist liberal who has no interest in defending this country. (6) The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, who was in charge of the Afghanistan disaster. He is on record as saying that if we were to attack China using nuclear weapons, he would warn them first! He should have been removed immediately, but was not. (7)

Then the attempt to snooker the public into believing that we were doing something about the crisis occurred. The public was told that the drone strike on August 29 was against a terrorist; the truth came out, thanks to the New York Times, that the strike actually targeted an aid worker. Three days earlier on August 26, thirteen US servicemen were killed by a real terrorist, yet Biden and Milley targeted an aid worker and children that he was with. (8) Yet another disaster was when billions of dollars of high tech military equipment was left behind. This is denied by the Leftist site Snopes, but it is well known. (9, 10) Even worse in this disaster, thousands of westerners were left behind in Afghanistan. (11)

Now I am not trying to criticize our fighting people, but rather the corruption that has infiltrated through our defensive services. Social issues have no place on the battlefield. Unfortunately, we have a military leadership that would rather teach basket weaving if they could, rather than the techniques and equipment that we need to deal with the threats that we will face in the future.



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