The pro-“unity” Democrats really have convinced themselves that America’s real enemies are “within,” as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently put it.
And those enemies appear to be white Republicans.
Pelosi, in her comments to reporters, was referring newcomers like GOP Reps. Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene. Before that, Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen suggested that white National Guard troops could not be trusted to adequately guard the inauguration of President Joe Biden, and may in fact take action themselves.
“You’ve got to figure that in the Guard, which is predominantly more conservative … they’re probably not more than 25% of the people there protecting us that voted for Biden. The other 75% are in the large class of folks that might want to do something,” Cohen told CNN last month.
Now, new Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has decided to momentarily pause the U.S. military’s activities at some point in the next two months while he and other leaders figure out how to purge “white nationalism” from the ranks.
Let’s hope no one decides to start a war at that time.
Today, I met with senior leaders to discuss extremism in the military. As a first step, I’m ordering a stand down to occur over the next 60 days so each service, each command and each unit can have a deeper conversation about this issue. It comes down to leadership. Everyone’s. pic.twitter.com/wbC21hdHaV
— Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III (@SecDef) February 4, 2021
“The U.S. military on Wednesday acknowledged it was unsure about how to address white nationalism and other extremism in its ranks, and announced plans for military-wide stand-downs pausing regular activity at some point in the next 60 days to tackle the issue,” according to Reuters,
….stop military operations and prepare yourselves for “needed discussions” about extremism. Incredible! And the enemy, is he sleeping?
— Freedom Democracy (@SIGNORpensaciTU) February 4, 2021
Senior military leaders are “under pressure to show progress in combating extremism after current and former military service members were found to have allegedly participated in the siege of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.”
Thus, now the Pentagon has bought into the dominant, if so far unproven, narrative of the liberal media and top Democrats that the protest at the Capitol that devolved into a tragic riot was the work of white nationalists. Democrats have made clear in the Trump era, and now beyond it, that they will frame any opposition to them as racist or rooted in white supremacy.
Reuters noted, “The Pentagon has yet to define how it will deal with extremism or offer data estimating how many service members hold white nationalist ideology. It has also not disclosed how many troops have been disciplined for extremism.”
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby confirmed that senior Defense Department officials have no idea what they’re doing in this realm. “We don’t know how we’re going to be able to get after this in a meaningful, productive, tangible way and that is why he (Austin) had this meeting today and that is why he certainly ordered this stand-down.”
The Pentagon, according to Reuters, also “did not define whether stand-downs pausing regular activity across the U.S. military might last minutes or hours, or what commanders would do during that time to express opposition to extremism.”
Last September, in news that seemed to attract little attention during the unrest in the streets following the death of George Floyd in police custody, Military Times and Syracuse University released a poll of U.S. military personnel that found “about one-third of all active-duty respondents said they saw signs of white supremacist or racist ideology in the ranks.”
The military is going to fight another war against an abstract concept ?
Good, I don’t see anything wrong with that and there’s no way it will have any negative consequences for average Americans during unprecedented societal upheaval.
— WaspsWax (asymptomatic)™ (@WaxWasps) February 4, 2021
While it’s fair to say that troops might be more attuned to that because of the broader political climate, the Times added, “That’s roughly on par with results from other Military Times surveys in recent years.” The Times reported later in the story that the ratio – 31 percent – was down five percentage points from the year before, but up from 23 percent from 2017, when they first began asking the question – interesting timing, considering they didn’t poll troops on this until Donald Trump became president.
What was more shocking was the context.
The Times reported:
“But troops overall concerns about the dangers posed to the country from extremist and racist ideology appears to be growing. Among all troops surveyed, about 48 percent listed white nationalists as a significant national security threat, roughly the same percentage as Islamic State, al-Qaida and other foreign Islamic jihadists. The white nationalist problem overshadowed troops’ worries over North Korea (40.3 percent), Afghanistan (10.3 percent), Iraq (8.5 percent), immigration (21.4 percent) and U.S. protest movements (33.1 percent). Nearly two-thirds of minority service members in the poll called white nationalists a notable threat.”
The poll also noted that 5 percent of those polled had participated in the Black Lives Matter protests.
Coupled with the fact that Secretary Austin, according to DefenseNews.com, recently purged more than 30 Trump appointees from Defense Department advisory boards, it seems the Pentagon’s next battle will be with Trump supporters.
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