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US Republicans denounce ‘woke’ military leadership

Report by GOP lawmakers accuses Pentagon of ‘woke virtue signal’ and lack of accountability

US military and political leaders are weakening the country’s combat capabilities “by a sustained assault which is fueled by a signal of awakened virtue”, a report by Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Chip Roy of Texas asserts. The document was released Monday by the two Republican lawmakers.

“Rather than standing up for American greatness and protecting our nation, the military is repeating wacky nonsense. It’s stupid, it doesn’t work, and it’s dangerous. We need to spend more time thinking about how to counter Chinese aircraft carriers and less time thinking about pronouns,” Rubio said in a statement.

The 17-page document takes a broadside at President Joe Biden’s administration for allegedly “Pushing Critical Race Theory, Sex Reassignment Procedures, and Identity Politics.” The report notes that sex reassignment procedures have “recovery periods of several months”, while people wearing braces cannot even enlist until they are removed.

Lawmakers also slammed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin for a one-day suspension order, issued in February 2021, that would have been needed to “discuss extremism within the ranks with their staff.” The order was “like” by Washington’s “foreign adversaries like China and Russia,” the lawmakers said.

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, has also been criticized for his alleged efforts to spread critical race theory and his testimony to Congress on “white rage”.

Rubio and Roy asserted in their report that racial extremism is a “a virtual non-issue in the military.” They also accused the US military of a lack of accountability, pointing to the “disastrous withdrawal” from Afghanistan in August 2021.

The report noted that “No one faced any consequences” and the only soldier who was reprimanded was a “Lieutenant Colonel who criticized the manner in which the withdrawal was executed.” Stu Scheller, a Navy officer, was reprimanded and ordered to forfeit $5,000 in salary for his chaotic withdrawal videos.

The Pentagon, however, maintained its policy, insisting that the “diversity, inclusion and equality” were decisive for its success.

“We always talk about weapon systems, but each of us will agree that our greatest weapon systems are our people. This is why our policies to better leverage our personnel and increase unit cohesion are important here,” a DOD spokesperson said in a statement to the media.


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