As the world waits to see who will declare war first — Israel against Iran? China against Taiwan? Russia against Ukraine? — the United States Department of Defense knows what the U.S. Military needs: “Diversity, equity, and inclusion.”
That was the message the DOD sent the world with one withering tweet:
According to Bishop Garrison, the “senior advisor to the secretary of defense for human capital and diversity, equity and inclusion,”: “I would hope that as many leaders and members of the total force as possible see [diversity, equity and inclusion] efforts as a force multiplier.”
It’s difficult to know which is more painful — the tweet, the article, or the fact that there is a senior advisor to the secretary of defense for human capital and diversity, equity and inclusion.
Garrison’s comments were given to the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) on Wednesday.
What is CNAS, you may wonder?
According to their mission statement, it is an “independent, bipartisan, nonprofit organization that develops strong, pragmatic, and principled national security and defense policies.”
“CNAS engages policymakers, experts, and the public with innovative, fact-based research, ideas, and analysis to shape and elevate the national security debate,” the statement reads.
Sounds great, but it isn’t the full story.
A quick trip to InfluenceWatch.org shows that CNAS is in fact “a progressive think tank focused on foreign policy and national security issues.”
“The organization’s leadership is made up of former Democratic administration officials and politicians,” the site states.
In fact, in fiscal year 2020, the U.S. Department of State; the U.S. Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; and the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of Net Assessment donated hundreds of thousands, if not millions, to CNAS.
But we digress…
Garrison told CNAS that the military has a recruitment problem, noting that fewer Americans between the prime-recruitment ages of 18-24 are qualifying for military service.
“So, we have to find out ways of getting to a broader talent pool and broader interest groups in order to bring those high qualified, talented individuals in,” Garrison said, adding that diversity, equity and inclusion need to be considerations in every decision the military makes.
“I want people to see [diversity, equity and inclusion] as another tool in the toolkit and another way of solving these problems,” Garrison stated. “It’s not just something that has to be done because of some type of cultural ideology or culture wars that are going on — that’s not the case at all. It is, again, not diversity for diversity’s sake.”
That’s not how Twitter saw it.
The DOD’s tweet got slammed by those who feel being “woke” just isn’t the best battle plan for America.
“Our enemies laugh at us,” tweeted comedian podcaster Tim Roth.
Our enemies laugh at us.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) February 9, 2022
The Libs of Tik Tok account raised Tim’s observation with, “The world is laughing at us.”
The world is laughing at us.
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) February 9, 2022
“Doomed,” wrote journalist Benjamin Weingarten.
— Benjamin Weingarten (@bhweingarten) February 10, 2022
“We are so screwed,” tweeted radio talk show host Mark Davis.
We are so screwed. https://t.co/A7bW7V9GpY
— Mark Davis (@MarkDavis) February 10, 2022
And Jack Posobiec delivered a sad prediction: “China is going to own us.”
China is going to own us https://t.co/XZdwqCRF89
— Remember Ottawa (@JackPosobiec) February 10, 2022
While rapper and podcaster, Zuby, wondered, “Why do they do this?”
Why do they do this?
Serious question. https://t.co/p9DWrVDB13
— ZUBY: (@ZubyMusic) February 10, 2022
But it was, perhaps, combat veteran Sean Parnell who best summed up Twitter’s response to the Department of Defense: “Maybe the ability to win wars should be the only necessity in the US Military.”
Maybe the ability to win wars should be the only necessity in the US Military. https://t.co/ywvjFEEeaU
— Sean Parnell (@SeanParnellUSA) February 10, 2022
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