What’s Milley’s position on wokeness in the military? Depends on which week you ask.
Gen. Mark Milley pushed back on claims from Republicans that the military is “woke” and as a result not prepared to take on modern threats, saying he’s “not even sure what that word truly means.”
Really? Let’s ask him last month.
“There’s clearly a recruiting challenge ongoing and you saw numbers. And the Army is particularly challenged to meet its numbers.
So why is that? I think there’s a lot of reasons. There’s never a single causal factor. So anyone who out there is saying that this is the reason, I would challenge them on that…
I think another contributing factor is clearly this perception of quote, “wokeness,” and I personally think that it’s overstated. There are things that are done in the military that certainly, you know, raise that as an issue, but the actual facts suggests that it’s much less significant than perhaps the perception is.”
“I’ll use drag queen shows as an example. That’s been out there. I don’t agree with drag queen shows being on military bases. I don’t think that’s appropriate. And neither does Secretary Austin. So Secretary Austin put a stop to it. How many times it happened? It happened a few. That’s true. Probably shouldn’t happen. But it did. But to say that that is, you know, somehow the entire military went woke because a handful of drag queen shows that shouldn’t happen to begin with, I think is an overstatement.”
A handful of drag shows? How about the fact that the Biden brass have decided to get into a Mexican standoff with Sen. Tuberville to protect abortion in the military?
Or pushing critical race theory in the military?
“I’ve read Mao Zedong. I’ve read Karl Marx. I’ve read Lenin. That doesn’t make me a communist. So what is wrong with understanding — having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend?” Milley said. “And I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military, our general officers, our commissioned, noncommissioned officers of being, quote, ‘woke’ or something else, because we’re studying some theories that are out there.”
Theories that are out there. Like the drag shows.
Gen. Milley’s disingenuous routine wore thin a long time ago. He knows exactly what people are objecting to and instead of addressing it, he’s playing dumb. Of all the things we don’t need, beyond a woke brass, is a dumb brass. Milley is quite familiar with the politicization of the military because of where he is in the food chain, and instead of defending it, he’s asking like anyone who mentions it is reciting conspiracy theories.
This routine plays well in the media, it doesn’t play well in the military or in America.