More than 20 members of Congress are calling for the immediate reinstatement of Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, the U.S. Space Force officer who was removed from his command after self-publishing a book highlighting what he sees as creeping Marxism throughout the American military apparently masquerading as diversity initiatives.
The leader of the group, U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, declared that the military “should focus on national security threats, not woke political ideology,” in a tweet that contained the letter to the acting secretary of the Air Force and the chief of space operations.
In a statement, Lamborn implied perhaps that go-along-to-get-along higher ups acted precipitously.
“Whether you agree with [Lohmeier] or not, no rational American can review his level-headed critique of the critical race theory-based ‘diversity, equity, and inclusion’ training the military is currently conducting and conclude that his comments on that subject deserve relief of command.
“Space Force Guardians conduct can’t-fail missions 24 hours a day, seven days a week: We cannot allow temporary political appointees at the Department of Defense who are ideologically motivated to purge those men and women in uniform who do not agree with the cultural or political fads of the moment,” he added.
Breaking 🚨 I led a letter with 23 of my @HouseGOP colleagues regarding the mistreatment of Lt. Col. Lohmeier & the rising threat of Marxist based, critical race theory in the military. Our military should focus on national security threats, not woke political ideology. #CRT pic.twitter.com/3wBtbCU6B0
— Rep. Doug Lamborn (@RepDLamborn) May 19, 2021
Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, chief of Space Operations Command, reportedly dismissed the ex-Air Force pilot from his post for lack of confidence in his leadership abilities following comments Lohmeier made on a podcast while he was promoting his self-published book called “Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military.”
Lohmeier was commander of the 111th Space Warning Squadron, which is located at Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado.
In an interview with Sean Hannity this week, Lohmeier praised the Defense Department for its zero toleration policy for discrimination of any kind.
He added, however, as one example of an ideological narrative being pushed, that in preparation for the February military stand-down to address alleged extremism in the ranks, the DoD allegedly distributed videos in which every base service member was “taught that the country was evil, that it was founded in 1619, not 1776, and that whites are inherently evil. So I did speak up against those things in my book.”
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In an email to Military.com, Lohmeier wrote that “My intent never has been to engage in partisan politics. I have written a book about a particular political ideology (Marxism) in the hope that our Defense Department might return to being politically non-partisan in the future as it has honorably done throughout history.”
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), the ranking member on the Armed Services Committee, recently said that he will scrutinize the upcoming Pentagon funding request in the context of ideological bias.
“My Republican colleagues and I hear regularly from active duty and retired service members that even holding conservative values is now enough to endanger a service member’s military career. The United States Armed Forces should be focused on preparing to face and win any battles against the threats posed by China and other foreign adversaries and not imposing political beliefs on those who chose to serve in uniform,” Rogers claimed.
U.S. Tom Cotton has also indicated that he might be willing to hold up the defense spending appropriation as a way to ban divisive critical race theory indoctrination in the Armed Forces.
While many Republican lawmakers have rallied around the sacked Space Force officer, with Democrats narrowly, but effectively, controlling the political agenda, it remains to be seen if Lt. Col. Lohmeier will be reinstated to his command position.
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