Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.
It was the summer of 2020. Black Lives Matter riots were terrorizing, destroying, and burning American cities. And the first black deputy commander of Air Force Global Strike Command told everyone in the Air Force that he was terrified that white people could kill him at any moment.
“Here I am as a lieutenant general in the United States Air Force,” then Lt. Gen Anthony Cotton whined to Air Force Magazine. “When I see what happened to Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks—and the list goes on and on.”
“That could be me,” he claimed.
Since Cotton was, unlike Breonna Taylor, probably not harboring an armed drug dealer who opened fire on police or, unlike George Floyd, overdosing on fentanyl during a struggle with police as the climax to a long criminal career, that was a disingenuous smear from a top officer.
The spectacle of successful black men like Obama, Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, or Gen. Anthony Cotton falsely claiming that America is so racist that any of them could suffer the fate of career criminals simply because of an accident of skin color is pathetic and disgusting. The Merck CEO or the Air Force general are as likely to suffer the fate of George Floyd as their white counterparts are to end up like a dead white meth addict shot in a raid in Georgia.
But Cotton knew what he was doing. What he was doing was dishonorable and self-serving.
And it worked.
Two years after complaining about police lights flashing in his rearview mirror and someone challenging his parking spot, Cotton has been nominated by Biden to head U.S. Strategic Command.
It’s been a rapid ascent for Gen. Anthony Cotton who had been appointed to head Air Force Global Strike Command last year, after being Deputy Commander of the same in 2019, up from the head of Air University in 2018. Air University, like a lot of Air Force and Navy educational institutions, had gone painfully woke. And Cotton earned his political stripes in the process.
Gen. Anthony Cotton, a four-star general, racked up some “firsts” attached to his name in the Black Lives Matter era, but that never seems to lessen the accusations of racism.
Charles Q. Brown, Jr. is the Air Force’s first black chief of staff, and has been tipped to replace Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Milley. That hadn’t stopped Brown from crying racism and smearing the country he claims to serve.
In a speech in which Brown “seemed to barely contain his rage”, he ranted “that the ideals of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution ‘that I’ve sworn my adult life to support and defend’ have not always delivered ‘liberty and equality’ to all.”
“I am a Black man who happens to be the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force,” Kaleth O. Wright, the second black man to serve as the highest ranking noncommissioned officer, tweeted. “I am George Floyd…I am Philando Castile, I am Michael Brown.”
Cotton is following a familiar identity politics career model that’s bad for America, but good for unprincipled men who are willing to smear their country and play the victim.
Is America any less racist with the first black Air Force Chief of Staff, Chief Master Sergeant, head of Air Force Global Strike Command and now likely head of Strategic Command?
Somehow it’s only more racist.
Last year, Cotton claimed that “diversity, inclusion are tools for national defense” and that diversity is a “warfighting imperative”. Perhaps actually winning wars would be imperative.
Has the Air Force become any more lethal on the battlefield ever?
“This team is exactly what we are looking for,” Cotton said of the Diversity and Inclusion Council at Malmstrom Air Force Base. “It is a diverse and unified team that is having crucial conversations about diversity and inclusion.”
The Montana Air Force base near Great Falls now has a Pride Month and will be spreading “unconscious bias training” which claims that all white people are racist.
Malmstrom has had a number of issues. Its nuclear missile unit has failed safety and security inspections, and bungled a response to a “simulated hostile takeover of a silo housing a nuclear missile”. There was also a cheating scandal involving 34 missile launch officers during a nuclear proficiency test and many more who knew about the cheating, but didn’t report it.
This was part of a string of problems going back over a decade. Cotton had been in charge of ICBMs at Malmstrom from 2009 to 2011. And he’s gone on climbing the ladder ever since.
Malmstrom’s nuclear arsenal is there to deter a nuclear war or end it quickly if it begins.
Having “crucial conversations about diversity” is not its mission, maintaining security procedures and being ready to kill one hundred million people in China, if necessary, is.
Are woke missileers who have conversations about how racist America is better at their jobs?
As head of U.S. Strategic Command, Gen. Cotton will have a leading responsibility in defending or going on the offensive against America’s enemies. But does he view America as the enemy?
Now that its leadership is “diverse” in the sense of being concentrated among members of a single race who agree that the country they claim to serve is a racist place that randomly kills black people on account of their race, is the Air Force any better for it?
FrontPage Magazine’s latest pamphlet, How Obama and Biden Destroyed the Greatest Military the World Has Ever Seen, documents how readiness rates for F-22 stealth fighters are at the halfway mark, CV-22 Ospreys are at 50%, F-35As are at 68%, F-15E’s are at 66%, and the B-1 Lancer is at 40%. The B-1s are under Air Force Global Strike Command.
Instead of cleaning house, the Biden administration is rewarding failure and doubling down on wokeness. The Air Force isn’t ready for a major war, but its diverse leaders are eager to fight one against other Americans.
In an interview with Air Force Magazine, Cotton was described as saying that he “hopes the U.S. can reach a point where he doesn’t have to talk to his adult children about how to stay safe every week” from what is apparently the lurking menace of evil white people everywhere.
Given the opportunity, you have to wonder whether Cotton would nuke Beijing or Texas.
“It’s time for our nation to really dive into this and get after it—once and for all. And hopefully, you know, I don’t have to have those conversations with my kids,” he complained.
Perhaps it’s time for the Air Force to stop having conversations about racism mandated by racists and for our nation to stop handing over our national defense to those who hate her.
Enjoyed the piece – but it’s hard to read with such a light font (especially on my cell phone).
New layout ok, but readability shouldn’t suffer…
Jeff Bargholz says
Nothing is perfect, eh?
Except my face.
We darkened the font and if you clear your cache for the site you will be able to see it.
No comment edit button. No blocking feature. No up or down vote. Please add.
Daniel Greenfield says
The font situation should improve soon.
Do you have Reader mode? It places a larger white font on a dark background. The same mode also lets you make your font bigger.
Guy Jones says
The more times someone mentions race/gender/sexual orientation, in general, and/or, mentions those same traits as a means of promoting themselves as allegedly being “special,” the less credibility they have, the less attention they deserve and the less deference they should receive.
the author describes the obvious and seems to blame blacks for their rational, but immoral behavior. they take what whites give. the question should be focused on whites whose behavior is irrational, but in the name of higher morality.
Jeff Bargholz says
In the name of higher morality but it’s really moral preening.
Angel Jacob says
It’s not whites. Nota racial issue at all. It’s the mulims and communists who are using the blacks to destroy America from within.
The whites are very scared of being called racists though.
You, like Cotton, need a close encounter with actual race crime statistics. This is a start: http://www.ourcivilisation.com/usa/racewar.htm
The statistics remain the same today, with whites being the victims in the vast majority of cases (about 85%) and blacks being the primary perpetrators. The Democrats consistently invert reality on this and every other topic. You’re being played.
P.J. Clairvoyant says
This is exactly why he is in charge of the nukes. He fully subscribes to the Democrat doctrine.
Do not like the new format at all .
The faint near invisible font .makes my eyes water sad since its one of the best for culture on the internet .
Rex J Barron says
Sad to see one of the best sites go from a great format to a less than great format. Can’t read it much anymore the font is so light it’s my eyes water it’s almost like somebody’s sabotaging the writing so it won’t be read.
Don’t understand why things get worse never better.
Hi Frank, we have fixed the font issue, please clear your cache for the website and you should see the bigger, darker fonts.
John Reece says
If the US military is so racist why do Blacks have a much higher reenlistment rate than whites?
James Solbakken says
They don’t actually believe the US is racist, they just say that to manipulate all the people who are toofa king stupid to see through it.
Mediocre men of average IQ rising elevated to wuthering heights.
Ahmaud Arbery assaulted a man carrying an loaded shotgun. I doubt the Deputy CG would do such a stupid thing. He’s simply playing the same racist game played by blacks now and for ever in the past.
john r butala says
Yeah, Arbery saw a car going down the street, ran after it, saw some white people inside armed with guns, hauled them out of the cars, and then attempted to shoot one of the white persons. Unfortunately, for Arbery he was holding the gun the wrong way and ended up shooting himself.
Isn’t that the way it happened?
Or was Arbery running down the street, some white people in cars ran him down, pointed a loaded gun at him, and threatened to blow his head off?
Understandably, Arbery had no idea what a white person pointing a loaded gun at him would do and thought he could get the weapon away from the white person. He got shot and killed instead. I guess that’s all his fault for running down the street, isn’t it?
You’ve got a funny way of looking at events.
You have a funny way of ignoring facts and manufacturing actions that never happened. Travis McMichael never pointed his shot gun at Arbery. Arbery was running at a slow pace towards the McMichaels. He turned sharply and ran directly at TM -grabbed the shotgun and attempted to take it away from him.
Michael Brown was a violent, worthless, career criminal and thug who had just violently robbed and beaten a store’s owner before he violently attacked a police officer., who justifiably defended his life against Michael Brown. George Floyd (another violent, worthless, career criminal) died from a self-inflected fentanyl overdose. Breonna Taylor died after her boyfriend shot at police officers, who justifiably returned fire on the boyfriend, and Breonna Taylor was then hit by incoming fire.
Anthony Cotton is not just an America-hating, racist leftist. Anthony Cotton is an utter moron who is unfit to wear any uniform in the United States military.
KEEP FILLING OUR GENERAL STAFFF WITH RACIST BLACKS AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR MILITARY
“…The spectacle of successful black men like Obama,…”
he’s not black
he’s half white
David L says
“……he “hopes the U.S. can reach a point where he doesn’t have to talk to his adult children about how to stay safe every week…” How ironic that this man whose career was clearly based on affirmative action doesn’t have the intelligence or self-awareness to keep his mouth shut., but, instead, hectors his benefactors.. FACT: a White in this country has a FIFTY times greater chance of being attacked by Blacks than the converse. (courtesy of FBI statistics). I have to talk to my young children about the ACTUAL dangers Blacks pose to them l)on buses 2) in their schools – even at Disneyland! This would definitely be laughable except for the fact that – as the man who now controls our nuclear arsenal – he literally has OUR lives in his hands!
I want my country back! says
Sad that a man so far up the military hierarchy didn’t raise children that know how to stay out of trouble as adults. If you’re really George Floyd then your sorry excuse for a grown ass man sure as hell should not be near our nuclear arsenal. You’re afraid of “whitey”, but your job is to protect us from Chicoms, Russkies, murderous Islamic terrorists and bat shit crazy dictators? God help us all.
Horace Yo says
One reasonable explanation for why the US military is being destroyed and put into the hands of America haters is that the party in power led by demented Joe and his boy Hunter has sold out to the communist Chinese for multi millions-see Hunter’s laptop for proof.
Gene Thomas Gomulka says
Do you think David Horowitz would be interested in publishing my take on the current recruiting problem?
MILITARY RECRUITING, THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, AND THE BOY SCOUTS
In 1992, while stationed at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, I was tasked with researching the Department of Defense (DOD) Homosexual exclusion policy. While I was initially inclined to support lifting the ban, my mind was changed when I discovered that the media were lying about military personnel being separated merely because of their “homosexual orientation.”
When The New Republic published an article saying how a number of sailors were separated from ships homeported in Yokosuka, Japan because of their sexual orientation, I obtained copies of Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) reports and discovered that the sailors in question were all separated either because they were reported for propositioning straight sailors for sex, or because they were caught engaging in homosexual relations aboard ships or on government facilities ashore. When I shared this information with William F. Buckley, Jr., he published an article in National Review that refuted the false claims made by The New Republic.
My own supervisory responsibilities involving 250 chaplains from 60 different faith groups serving with Marines throughout the world confirmed data that was being covered up by the mainstream media. For example, ten percent (five) of the Catholic Chaplains serving with Marines during my three year tour (1991-1994) were either incarcerated or given other than honorable discharges for sexual misconduct. These sentences were mild compared to a thirty-year sentence a Catholic Chaplain received who preyed upon Naval Academy Midshipmen and Marines and who also produced and distributed child pornography.
Among the five abuse cases I dealt with, one involved pedophilia with two prepubescent children; two involved the homosexual predation of teenage boys from military families; and two involved the homosexual predation of young Marines. One of those gay priests was only on active duty for less than six months. While in Okinawa, he invited a Marine to come to his quarters after Sunday Mass. When the Marine began to get drowsy after having lunch, the chaplain invited him to nap in his bedroom. When the Marine awoke, he discovered the priest was performing oral sex on him. When the priest’s Commanding officer heard a rumor going around the base that “Father X” gave better oral sex than many women, he called the priest in who confessed to what he had been doing. The gay priest was given an other than honorable discharge and the straight Marine was given an administrative discharge for failing to stop the priest, and for failing to report what happened to the command.
When I read countless articles today about the military having recruiting problems and an increase in sexual assaults on men and women, I am not at all surprised when I know that I and many retired military officers and enlisted would never encourage our children to serve in a military we feel has compromised its moral standards.
Instead of warning straight personnel what to do if they are propositioned or assaulted, classes are being conducted in the military services today that attempt to indoctrinate personnel into believing that homosexual relations are as normal and healthy as heterosexual relations. If that were truly the case, why is it that a number of studies over the past 10-20 years have shown that members of the LGBTQ community have far more physical and mental health problems than heterosexuals?
According to a February 2022 “Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Health Report,” by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP):
• Gay men are at higher risk of HIV, and other STDs, especially among communities of color.
• Lesbians and bisexual females are more likely to be overweight or obese.
• Transgender individuals have a high prevalence of HIV/STDs, victimization, mental health issues, and suicide and are less likely to have health insurance than heterosexual or LGB individuals.
• LGBT populations have the highest rates of tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use.
• LGBT youth are 2 to 3 times more likely to attempt suicide.
As of July 18, 2022, data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 1,972 probable or confirmed monkeypox cases in the US. Although anyone can get monkeypox, the virus is predominantly spreading among gay and bisexual men who report some level of sexual activity.
Many people enter into a particular branch of the armed services because a parent, relative, or close friend was proud to have served before them. If those same relatives and friends today no longer find pride in what some perceive as a woke military, they are not going to encourage their sons, daughters, nephews, nieces, and grandchildren to serve. According to an October 2021 Military Family Support Programming Survey the percentage of military, veterans and spouses who are likely to recommend military service fell from 74.5% in 2019 to 62.9% in 2021.
After reading reports on how the “military has spent 6 million man-hours on ‘woke’ training,” I seriously doubt if military personnel are being informed of these sad realities when they are instructed how happy people are who grow up with two mommies. While some veterans have given up faith in and hope for Biden’s diversity based military, others like Jason Church, a retired Army captain, Purple Heart recipient, and chairman of Veterans on Duty, are speaking out. According to Church, “Official military reading lists include the anti-American ravings of Ibram X. Kendi. Army recruitment ads seem aimed more at attracting social-justice warriors than actual warriors. The Navy is producing instructional videos on gender pronouns while its poorly maintained ships crash at sea.”
As the co-author of the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy Core Values of “Honor, Courage, and Commitment,” I regret that many senior military leaders today do not have the moral courage to expose the lies behind the politically correct LGBTQ propaganda that recruits and other service personnel are being fed. When military and political leaders alter the moral standards of an institution, they must be prepared to suffer the loss of recruits who, along with their parents and grandparents, were raised in a Judeo-Christian tradition that included Bible stories of places like Sodom and Gomorrah.
Military leaders need to learn from the Roman Catholic Church that has closed thousands of churches and has lost millions of members in the U.S. in recent years. After the Church started accepting homosexual candidates for the priesthood fifty years ago, the number of priests in the U.S. declined by 41 percent between 1970 and 2021 (from 51,192 to 34,923). According to studies by Rev. D. Paul Sullins and others, these increasing numbers of gays in the priesthood have been found to correlate directly with an increase in sex abuse cases over the past decades, over 80 percent of which involved young men and boys. With four U.S. New York dioceses recently filing for bankruptcy this summer, there are now some 35 U.S. dioceses and religious orders that have filed for bankruptcy protection and have paid out almost $5 billion in settlement costs and legal fees.
The Boys Scouts of American also filed for bankruptcy less than a decade after they started allowing gays to become Scouts in 2013 and Scoutmasters beginning in 2015. A $2.7 billion settlement plan was presented to the Boy Scouts of America in January of 2022. Had the Boy Scouts heeded the warnings of Dr. Judith Reisman, they may not find themselves in court today facing some 100,000 lawsuits.
Just as membership in the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts has decreased significantly amid thousands of sexual abuse cases similar to those I investigated and dealt with in the Marine Corps, so too will military recruitment suffer and national security will be at risk as woke military leaders try and convince personnel (and their families) that a life-giving marriage between a man and a woman is as healthy, fulfilling, and natural as the practices of gays, lesbians, and transgender individuals.
Gene Thomas Gomulka is a sexual abuse victims’ advocate, investigative reporter, and screenwriter. He is a former Navy (O6) Captain, Chaplain Corps recruiter and member of the U.S. Marine Corps Inspector General (IG) Team.
K. Murphy says
Thank you, Mr. Gomulka, for your concise summary of your years of research into the abominable decay of wholesome values. of America in general and the military in specific.
I have watch for some twenty years this insidious falsehood of the “normalcy” of MSM and, at one time, collected a huge inventory of research, essays, journalistic articles, local stories, court docs and even police reports. I possessed even an admirable data base on NAMBLA.
Damn if I didn’t lose it all in a massive PC crash in 2014. Got very very little of it back.
Anyhow, this is to say that everything you write here lines up with all that I learned over the years of this monstrous war with cultural foolishness call “diversity”.
I have already bookmarked your website for further reading. Again, thank you for you your time.
BTW:My Dad was 30y US Army and would be so deeply angry at the weak, selfish and foolish leadership in both the military and civilian front.
CA Escapee says
A huge and LOUD “BRAVO ZULU” for this outstanding article and your commentary! This is not the same overall military I knew where branch Esprit de Corps was rampant, despite the political upheavals of the mid-60s.
Had my luck not run out in a canal in the Mekong Delta in ’68, my planned 30-year career would have ended in ’94..
There needs to be a major purge of our military and replace the purged with men and women on whom we can count on to fight AND KILL our enemies who dare to challenge us. This purge must also include Mayorkas and ALL others in any ‘”alphabet agencies” charged with the defense and security of our nation.
Gregory Brittain says
It’s not just the woketard generals, the entire Federal government is controlled by people who hate America and want to destroy her.