Chief Master Sergeant Ramón “CZ” Colón-López, the senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, held a briefing at the Pentagon on Thursday and he was very concerned, according to Military.com’s Stephen Losey.
CZ told reporters that soldiers “from every echelon that we’re talking to” are equating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot with the BLM/Antifa riots that spread throughout the country last summer in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
Troops have asked him, “How come you’re not looking at the situation that was going on in Seattle prior to that?”
CZ is “concerned about the way that some people are looking at the current environment.”
He sees this “confusion,” especially prevalent among younger troops, as a reason “why the training sessions on extremism are needed.”
Losey writes that “Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered the stand-down Feb. 5 and gave units across the military 60 days to discuss extremism in the ranks with troops. The military’s policies are clear, he said: Troops are not to advocate for, or participate in, supremacist, extremist or criminal gang doctrine, ideology or causes.”
It makes no difference “if an extremist group is far right or far left — both are off limits,” said the Chief Master Sergeant. He emphasized that the military remains an apolitical organization.
“If it’s an organization that is actually imposing harm, threat, destruction, criminal activity and so on, then we don’t condone that behavior,” he explained. “We’re focusing on letting people know exactly what the oath tells us to do when it comes to obeying lawful orders, remaining apolitical and basically being good stewards of society.”
Well, then why are military leaders condoning BLM’s behavior? Didn’t they impose harm, threat, destruction and conduct criminal activity hundreds of times last year? They caused billions of dollars worth of property damage, destroyed businesses, looted stores and injured hundreds of law enforcement officials.
Those leading the extremism training sessions which Austin had ordered wanted “to make sure that military members understand the difference between Seattle and [the Jan. 6 riot in] Washington, D.C. But some of our younger members are confused about this, so that’s what we need to go ahead and talk to them about and educate them on, to make sure that they know exactly what they can and cannot do.”
As if this were a difference between the riots themselves rather than the government’s response to them, CZ “noted the military was called to respond after the Capitol attacks, but was not called up to support law enforcement during the Seattle protests.”
Those who participated in last summer’s unrest were “lawfully exercising their First Amendment rights to protest … in support of racial justice and the Black Lives Matter movement. … There were people advocating [against] social injustice, racial injustice and everything else, and it is the right of citizens.”
These people were different from those “who “latched on” to the protests to loot, destroy property and commit other crimes.”
I would argue the same could be said about the Capitol riot. Hundreds of thousands of Americans came to lawfully exercise their First Amendment rights to protest what many Americans believe was a stolen election.
Anyway, CZ is worried that “younger troops see messages on TV that blur the lines between the two” and “we need to
brainwash educate them.”
“What I am committed to is to make sure that our people understand right from wrong,” CZ informed the reporters. “That our people … are well-educated to be able to carry on, in an honorable fashion. And if they hear somebody saying the wrong things, that they’re quick to go ahead and correct them … without being confrontational.”
He said that “the military needs to be watchful of how service members carry themselves while on duty, and what troops’ friends say they are doing.”
He believes it is “too soon to tell whether extremist organizations are becoming more or less likely to recruit from among the military’s ranks. But the force is being made aware that such groups are actively recruiting service members, and we need to make sure that they stand clear from them.”
“It’s not good for the department, and it’s not good for the image of the military,”
As I see it, the military’s attempt to “root out extremism” within their ranks is the most woke rubbish I’ve heard since the Biden Administration named climate change a national security threat and tasked the Pentagon to address it.
The military’s willingness to promote this foolishness weakens the one organization which had remained (mostly) apolitical.
This stupidity will waste the military’s time and a portion of their finite resources, and will also create an unnecessary distraction from their primary focus which is to protect the American people from our enemies who would like to see us dead or under their control.
This will place an obstacle in their path and will ultimately reduce U.S. national security.
It’s time for the Biden Administration to remove their rose-colored glasses and take a look at the clear and present threats facing our country or they will fail in what is or what should be the primary responsibility of any government which is to keep its citizens safe.
“Wokeness” has no place in the U.S. military.