Congress disapproves of a Wokie DoD

“A recent Senate recommendation that controversial Department of Defense training on countering so-called extremism in the ranks “should be discontinued” represented a surprising rebuke of the progressive doctrines creeping into the armed forces – and it was delivered by a Congress that too often has been loath to assert its oversight role and push back on “woke” Pentagon politics.

The Senate Armed Services Committee initially approved the report language by a close 14-12 vote. The deciding vote was Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, who typically caucuses with Democrats but voted with Republicans on the Senate panel.

Though the vote took place in June, the report wasn’t released until last week. After the initial vote on the language, the committee then voted 23-3 to fully advance the measure – including the language in the report – a very significant, and decidedly bi-partisan vote.

The report contended that, despite hype from the Biden administration and some Democrat members of Congress, true cases of extremism in the ranks were “rare.”

The key DOD instruction addressing “extremist” activities was re-issued on Dec. 20, 2021 by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s “Countering Extremist Activities Working Group.” That contingent was led by a Biden administration appointee named Bishop Garrison. As someone who was involved with earlier iterations of this working group, I can assure you the current focus is radically different than what it had been during the administration of former President George W. Bush.

The title of the relevant Defense Department instruction is “Handling Protest, Extremist, and Criminal Gang Activities Among Members of the Armed Forces.” Several aspects of this issuance are concerning. But it’s worth highlighting one portion that says a service member is prohibited from attending off-post demonstrations that “constitute a breach of law and order” – a decidedly overly broad description.

This raises a slew of questions for those in uniform.

For instance, imagine attending a large rally for a presidential candidate – who happens not to be a member of the incumbent commander-in-chief’s party – and while the event is proceeding, the huge attendance overwhelms the venue’s parking and seating capabilities. Would a service member now be in breach of this DOD instruction?

What happens if that same person attends a peaceful gathering during which a small element of the crowd turns violent? Are they in violation of DOD guidance? What if another government agency is covertly involved in instigating the incident?”

Comment: IMO the Biden admin has been attempting to purge the armed forces of conservative members and in this they have had the cooperation and support of careerist generals and admirals who care for nothing but themselves.

If you want to find a reason why all the armed forces have failed to meet their recruiting goals this year you should look at this issue. pl

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16 Responses to Congress disapproves of a Wokie DoD

  1. Mishkilji says:

    The Army’s problems are broader than “Wokeism”


  2. Schmuckatelli says:

    I’d known Danny Kidd since he and I were Lieutenants together. He had just signed a confinement order on this POS. This was and is your real gang activity in DoD:

  3. Bill Roche says:

    The idea in joining up is to serve your country. The socialists are changing that into serving a socialist country. The gov’t will try to make this stick in the service academies and in G.O. appmnts. This will limit the pool of talent. At this rate it won’t be long b/f we have political officers assigned to line units at company level. Stalin did this in the mid thirties. Was it a success then?? Ideology trumps ability. I wont pussy foot about terminology any longer. This is not an attempt to build the best American Military but the best socialist Military. Were I again a young lad of 18 or 22 (sigh) I would loudly say “hell no, I won’t go”.

  4. Fred says:

    The American left believes that the biggest threat to the Republic is its domestic poitical opponents, especially white males. There’s the been an all out cultural war waged against that group for some time. Sadly the victors of Afghanistan are going to get our troops shot up like the VDV in Kiev because of this woke crap. But unlike the Russians our generals are unlikely to fill the ranks of the casualties. The political party in power, however, is very likely to jail its political opponents just like Zelensky has done.

    • Datil D says:

      “especially white males. There’s the been an all out cultural war waged against that group for some time.”

      Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, said: “It sends a message that if your son or daughter joins the military, if they’re not of a certain skin complexion or sex, they might be investigated for extremism.” “They alienated their constituency.”

    • Babeltuap says:

      It’s happening again. Even with our tech and access to why civilizations collapsed spanning thousands of years in seconds we are not exempt. It does appear the lessons of having to actually live through a period of tyranny is the only way out of tyranny.

  5. powderfinger1 says:

    Filling the ranks with true believers ensures that when the time comes they will fire on citizens and not question orders.

  6. Jose says:

    Comment: IMO the Biden admin has been attempting to purge the armed forces of conservative members and in this they have had the cooperation and support of careerist generals and admirals who care for nothing but themselves. – PL

    Pat, it’s worse because the nonsense has reached the NCO Corps:

  7. southpoint says:

    Biden is swapping a trans dope smoking WNBA star for Victor Bout.

    as reported on CNN.

    Seems fair…a convicted international arms smuggler and trafficker for Brittney Griner.

    I agree with Jake’s comments here regarding Ukraine/Russia. Putin and Russia must be laughing their collective asses off at the US. 2.5 more years of Biden…Can this country survive?

  8. Deap says:

    Local congressman who claims Marine Reserves military status is pushing legislation granting citizenship and full chain family migration for any illegal who serves in the US military. The example he cites that deserves this benefit is a deported illegal mother whose son did serve in the military, who also had ten children and now 18 grandchildren.

    Remember this explosive fertility rate when they report “numbers” who continue to illegally cross our open borders. For each illegal border crossing, in a few years be sure there is also have housing, schools and resources for 30 more. Times the several million Biden has let cross in just the past two years. The military looking for recruitment will certainly support this citizenship and chain migration inducement bonus.

    Thus goes California, and as Victor Davis Hansen warned, “the disappearing American”.

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