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There’s a Problem in the Upper Reaches of Our Military

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It is the beginning of a never-ending bad dream. Joe Biden and the Pentagon have managed to birth a new terrorist haven, destroy much of U.S. strategic deterrence, and alienate our allies and much of the country.

In the hours after the horrific deaths of 13 service members, we have been reassured by our military that our partnership with the Taliban to provide security for our flights was wise. We were told that the terrorist victors share similar goals to ours in a hasty American retreat from Kabul. We were reminded that Afghan refugees (unlike U.S. soldiers) will not be forced to be vaccinated on arrival. Such statements are either untrue or absurd.

On the very day of the attack that killed American troops, the sergeant major of the U.S. Army reminded us in a tweet that diversity is our strength, commemorating not the dead but Women’s Equality Day. If so, then is the opposite of diversity—unity—our weakness? Will such wokeness ensure that we do not abandon the Bagram air base in the middle of the night without opposition?

The chief of staff at the Office of Naval Intelligence warned the ONI’s active duty and retired service members that they must not criticize Biden, their commander in chief, over the Afghanistan fiasco. The office correctly cited prohibitions found in the Uniform Code of Military Justice barring any disrespect shown to senior government leadership.

Indeed, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps was relieved of his command for posting a video accurately blaming military and civilian leadership for the Afghanistan nightmare.

Yet until Jan. 20, retired top brass had constantly smeared their elected commander in chief with impunity.

Recently retired Gen. Michael Hayden retweeted a horrific suggestion that unvaccinated Trump supporters should be put on planes back to Afghanistan, where they presumably would be left to die. Hayden earlier had compared Trump’s border facilities to Nazi death camps.

Other retired high-profile military officials variously called their president an emulator of Nazi tactics, a veritable Mussolini, a liar, and deserving of removal from office sooner than later. None of these retired four-stars faced the sort of repercussions that the Office of Naval Intelligence just warned about.

More than 50 former intelligence officials on the eve of the November election signed a letter suggesting that incriminating emails found on Hunter Biden’s missing laptop might be “Russian disinformation.” They used their stature for political purposes to convince the American people that the story was a lie.

Retired Gen. Joseph Dunford and retired Adm. Mike Mullen recently blasted retired brass who had questioned Biden’s cognitive ability. OK. But they should have issued a similar warning earlier, when the violations of fellow retired officers were even more egregious in election year 2020.

Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, apologized for doing a photo op with Trump, erroneously buying into the narrative that Trump had ordered rioters cleared from Lafayette Square for the staged picture. Worse, he leaked to journalists that he was so angry with Trump that he “considered” resigning.

Think of the irony. If Milley considered a politicized resignation to rebuke Trump over the false charge, then surely he could consider a real resignation after overseeing the worst military disaster of the last half-century in Kabul.

Milley had promised to root out white supremacy from the ranks while recommending that his soldiers read Ibram X. Kendi’s racialist diatribes.

Something is terribly wrong in the ranks of America’s top commanders that reflects something wrong with the country.

The Pentagon needs to stop virtue-signaling about diversity days and culturally sensitive food for Afghan refugees. Instead, can it just explain why the Bagram air base was abandoned by night, or why Taliban terrorists are our supposed “partners” in organizing our surrender and escape?

Which general allowed more than $85 billion in American weapons to fall to the Taliban—a sum equal to the price of seven new U.S. aircraft carriers?

Who turned over to the Taliban the lists of Americans and allied Afghans to be evacuated?

Who left behind biometric devices that the Taliban are now using to hunt down our former Afghan friends?

Somehow our new woke Pentagon is hell-bent on losing the trust of the American people—along with the wars it fights abroad.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

Reprinted with Permission from - The Epoch Times by - Victor Davis Hanson

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Lee S McQuillen
1 month ago

Some time in the 1980’s the uppers in the military, many of them, started to become political rather than soldiers. I’m an Army Brat and this situation today is totally unacceptable. I’m thankful that my father is not longer here to see this – he and those before him who served would be appalled!

Ken Zaske
1 month ago

As anyone who is a veteran can tell you, this is not news. It can be traced back to the Vietnam war era when officers were rotated in and out by the calendar not by performance as was the case in WWII.
Now that being a general is purely a political reward for right-thinking, I don’t think we will see the end of it for a long time.

GT Patriot
1 month ago

Why trust these beauracrat liers. They told prior presidents and the public that we should spend trillions, kill our youth, and rebuild that sordid sandpile even though they knew that the only fighters
in Afganistan are terriorists. They should be jailed, not fired.

Don Cole
1 month ago

What could possibly be the reason we didn’t get our equipment out of Afghanistan out of the country? We knew we were getting out. We’re we going to come back later and get it? Someone needs to be held responsible for such stupidity.

Stephen M
1 month ago
Reply to  Don Cole

Our top leaders in the military are too worried about the woke BS and the diversity crap that they have failed in their duties to the Services and the Country. All should resign in disgrace. They have compromised their oaths to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic and to bear true faith and allegiance to the same. They are not obligated to carry out orders that are wrong and not well formed. Appears the SECDEF and the Chairman care more about politics than their duties to the country. They should resign.

Mary Wall
1 month ago

Dems defunded and demoralized the police. Now they are demoralizing our service members with this poor leadership. Who would want to join the police dept or serve the US anymore?

Patty Hanson
1 month ago

We MUST “purge” our leadership. If they are not fully behind the words of documents established & instituted as law by our Founding Fathers, they simply ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO SERVE IN ANY POSITION OF LEADERSHIP.

Jack
1 month ago

Is it coincidence that the SECDEF, Milley and the 82 ABN commander are all West Point grads?

Lee S McQuillen
1 month ago
Reply to  Jack

Sure casts aspersions on West Point. Such a shame!

Scott
1 month ago

So how did these traitors to our country get into their keadetship positions? And how did they become so woke, so arrogant and so incompetant?Time do what is prescribed for all traitors in our military. They took an oath to suport and defend our constitution yet trample upon it with their wokeness.

LONE WOLF
1 month ago

We are talking about a vicious enemy that openly admits that it wants to destroy our rights and our country! If Americans still have any balls at all, we should teach them a lesson in patriotism and loyalty!

Karen
1 month ago
Reply to  LONE WOLF

AMEN!

Karen
1 month ago

SHAME, SHAME, SHAME. We are in for a very difficult time. It’s already started. Lord have mercy.

LONE WOLF
1 month ago
Reply to  Karen

I wish you luck, you evidently don’t have the will or courage to stand up and fight for what you believe in! If you think that the “Lord” will have mercy, you had better remember that “God” only protects those that protect themselves!

Karen
1 month ago
Reply to  LONE WOLF

You are so wrong. I do have the will and the courage. I’m shaming the people involved and praying for them, not me. But, it wouldn’t hurt you to talk to God once in awhile.

Chief601
1 month ago
Reply to  LONE WOLF

How is it you equate trust in God with an inability to stand up? Perhaps you could point out the scripture that backs up that last sentence.

Wb
1 month ago

It’s time for accountability . Maybe the firing squad . Bet we could find plenty of soldiers to carry it out .

Joyce Gibson
1 month ago

It is time for Milley to resign immediately.

Frank Milmore
1 month ago

During mid 1940, the British fleet fired upon and destroyed much of the French fleet at anchor at a Mediterranean port. This was a few months after the ignominious defeat of the French army on the battlefield during the spring of 1940. The British didn’t want those ships to be turned over to the Nazi regime in Germany, and to be used against the Royal Navy. We now have a similar opportunity to destroy all of our weapons left in Afghanistan.

Harry Guzaliak
1 month ago
Reply to  Frank Milmore

Time for MOAB

Steven H
1 month ago
Reply to  Frank Milmore

Too late. Most of it is probably in the hands of Iran.

HelenC
1 month ago

Does anyone have problems with voting up or down on comments? I’m logged in. When I click on up/down arrow to vote on comment, my vote doesn’t register.

HelenC
1 month ago

Trump said we would miss him. As usual, he’s correct.

Sandra "Sandy" Cheuvront
1 month ago

War Pigs.

Howard Leinart
1 month ago

It is rare for any democracy to last past 200 years. We are over due

Barbara Stricker
1 month ago
Reply to  Howard Leinart

Becare what you wish for…you might not like it…

William Males
1 month ago

He wasn’t expressing a wish, but a historical fact; a fact I’m sure he does not like, nor many of the rest of us. But it is a fact nonetheless.

Last edited 1 month ago by William Males
J. Shenk
1 month ago
Reply to  Howard Leinart

The life cycle of a democracy averages around two (2) hundred years. We are now at the point where the majority, with Democrat Party gleeful assistance, has learned to “vote itself largesse out of the public treasury” as per Lord Tytler’s Tytler cycle. I sincerely hope and pray our representative democracy will persevere, but we have indeed outlived our expiration date. Why pile-on with negative ratings when Howard Leinart is only stating what has been proven to be historically correct?

Max
1 month ago
Reply to  Howard Leinart

You are basically correct. This nation began its downhill slide back in the mid 1960’s when God and the Bible were taken out of the educational system.

William Hodge
1 month ago

Yes, the problem is called Obama. He ran off any top brass that had a semblance of conservatism replacing them with racist panty wastes.

HelenC
1 month ago
Reply to  William Hodge

True. Obama’s shadow is over Biden’s shoulder orchestrating everything through Susan Rice and other Obama holdovers.

Barbara
1 month ago

The average Soldier, Sailor, Marine, or Airforce member are as courageous and honorable as always. I am the widow, mother and daughter of veterans. The veterans and current military are very unhappy about all that has happened in Afghanistan. This is the fault of the current administration, who are corrupt and lying to the American people. A few corrupt top military personnel are also to blame for the problems in Afghanistan. The real reason is that we, as a country, need to get our lives right with the Lord. That’s why we have so much evil in this country and the world.

Ertis Crumpler
1 month ago
Reply to  Barbara

Amen. When America turned it’s back on God all this nonsence started and day by day it is getting worse. American needs to repent, ask forgiveness and start all over again. Praise God for putting up with us this long.

HelenC
1 month ago
Reply to  Barbara

Agree. By next election, US will not be land of the free.

Chief601
1 month ago
Reply to  Barbara

Well said, Barbara

BAE
1 month ago

I thought the arm forces were warriors, but now I know it’s politics. Our top brass should be ashamed. Corrupt cowards; just another politician with all those fake medals. A FOUR star general was rare; not anymore, there are over 500. What BS…………………

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