Trump-era Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is out with a Veterans Day column encouraging Americans to listen closely to the untold number of veterans who’re jettisoning the U.S. military because of its increased “wokeness.”
“Our military today is in crisis, so much so that veterans are speaking out. We ought to set politics aside and listen to them. They know what it takes for America’s military to be strong and capable, and ensuring it remains so should be our utmost priority,” the column, published at Fox News, reads.
With this in mind, Pompeo “launched a nationwide campaign this year” to help “veterans and active-duty members of our military” speak out.
“The response has been unbelievable,” the former secretary of state wrote.
Service members warn of ‘extremely woke’ military: ‘It does nothing for the warfighter’ https://t.co/4EUlmPjBKM
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) October 11, 2022
For instance, he heard from a 25-year Air Force veteran who retired recently because he, in his own words, “refused to treat non-vaccinated airmen differently than the vaccinated.”
He also heard from a 26-year Army and National Guard veteran who retired last year after “watching National Guard and Army Reserve troops be given monthly ‘politically correct briefings on topics such as LGBTQ and other Woke/PC topics,’ with very little real training,” Pompeo wrote.
“These soldiers are experts on not offending others but can’t shoot,” the Army veteran reportedly told him.
He also heard from a 22-year Air Force veteran who, according to Pompeo, “summed” up the situation perfectly: “He said that President Joe Biden’s botched Afghanistan withdrawal, woke training, and Biden’s vaccine mandate ‘all hurt deeply.’ An A-10 pilot, he and his wife were both graduates from service academies, but now planned to steer their children ‘away from following in (their) footsteps.'”
They’re not alone. Many Americans feel similarly:
Who the hell wants to serve in a WOKE military? Not my children or grandchildren if I have any influence
— SharpDesertThorn (@DesertSharp) June 28, 2022
There was a time I would have encouraged my children to serve in the military, that time has passed. Not in today’s woke military
— RLMO (@RLMO306) August 25, 2022
I served in the USMC because I was very patriotic. However, I would never want my children to serve in the current corrupt woke US military, and become cannon fodder for the woke globalist agenda #EmpireOfLies
— Хорхе Стронгарм (@XopxeZ) October 8, 2022
@lfs6b I am the mother of 3 very intelligent children. Also, the wife of a retired navy pilot. I would NEVER allow my children to serve in the “woke” military. Their loss. Our country’s loss. We must stop these lunatic leftists. We cannot rely on the blue hairs to defend us.
— laura (@laura16135569) May 18, 2021
Military recruitment is the lowest it has been since the draft ended in 1973. The Army is at 40% of its recruitment goal. Military personnel getting kicked out for not taking the jab. Will the draft be reimplemented? I will not allow my children to join the woke armed forces. pic.twitter.com/8RfFNb6O8F
— MAGA Force Will (@notBilly) July 9, 2022
“We have heard from so many more men and women who are extremely troubled at the state of our military, and all have come to the same conclusion: In our armed forces, competence is now subordinate to identity. We’re promoting politics over military readiness and lethality,” Pompeo continues writing in his column.
“This doesn’t just make America less safe; it is a gross disservice to the men and women who served our country. They did not fight to see our armed forces become places of woke indoctrination,” he adds.
Signs of the military’s “wokeness” began seeping through in 2021 when Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Mark Milley ranted and raved to Congress about so-called “white rage” and defended the practice of encouraging members of the Armed Forces to embrace racial essentialism.
Also last year, President Biden announced that his administration intended to focus on ostensibly improving the military by making it more friendly to women. Some of the administration’s projects, he announced, included updating the military’s requirements for hairstyles and designing “maternity flight suits.”
“Some of it’s relatively straightforward work where we’re making good progress: designing body armor that fits women properly, tailoring combat uniforms for women, creating maternity flight suits, updating requirements for their hairstyles,” he said.
“And some of it is going to take an intensity of purpose and mission to really change the culture and habits that cause women to leave the military,” he added.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 10, 2021
Biden’s “woke” military has also fully embraced the Black Lives Matter movement and transgenderism.
Meanwhile, just this past September, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado announced a fellowship program just for women and so-called “gender minorities.” So-called “cisgender” men (i.e., normal men) were reportedly told not to apply.
The same academy went on to encourage cadets to stop using biologically accurate terms like “mom” and “dad” because they’re offensive to the transgender community.
The #UnitedStates @AF_Academy (#USAFA) is instructing cadets to use gender-inclusive terms and, in some cases, refraining from saying words like “mom” and “dad.” https://t.co/wZ5TWTAdO2 pic.twitter.com/6NqDdhWLEP
— KATV News (@KATVNews) September 23, 2022
The “wokeness” appears to run pretty deep, and it seems like Pompeo’s point is that the American people need to wake up and pay attention to this “wokeness” before it’s too late …
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