Although there has always been unprincipled, self-interested individuals serving in the U.S. government, it wasn’t until the Obama Administration that corruption began to meaningfully infect the top echelons of once revered American intelligence agencies such as the FBI and the CIA.
For the most part, however, the U.S. armed forces managed to buck that trend and remained as apolitical as possible. The military was the one government institution Americans still believed in.
Following former President Donald Trump’s shock victory in 2016, we began to see military leaders openly oppose him. We recall former Defense Secretary Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis’ resignation after clashing with Trump over his December 2018 decision to withdraw troops from Syria.
In the wake of last summer’s riots in Washington, D.C., during which St. John’s church, dubbed “the Church of the Presidents,” sustained damage, then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milly conspicuously apologized for participating in a political act – which was itself a political act. He had joined Trump and several other administration officials on a visit to the Church.
Milly announced, “I should not have been there. My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics.”
More recently, Defense Secretary Mark Esper openly defied the President as well.
President Joe Biden’s Defense Secretary Gen. Lloyd Austin III has taken the politicization of the military to new levels. Following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, he made it his mission to root out extremism inside the military.
So it really comes as no surprise that the military would trot out Space Force chief Scott Stalker to attack Fox News’ Tucker Carlson following his mockery of remarks Biden had made early last week.
Addressing women in the military on International Women’s Day last Monday, Biden said: “Some of it is relatively straight forward work where we’re making good progress designing body armor that fits women properly, tailoring combat uniforms for women, creating maternity flight suits, updating requirements for their hairstyles. And some of it is going to take an intensity of purpose and mission to really change the culture and habits that cause women to leave the military.”
He added that the purpose of these efforts was to make sure that “all women feel safe and respected in our military.”
Did this mf just say maternity flight suits
— Paul King 5’10” (@PaulKing_77) March 8, 2021
On his Tuesday night program, Carlson mocked Biden’s remarks as any thinking person would. He said, “So we’ve got new hairstyles and maternity flight suits. Pregnant women are going to fight our wars. It’s a mockery of the U.S. military. … While China’s military becomes more masculine, as it’s assembled the world’s largest navy, our military needs to become, as Joe Biden says, more feminine. … The bottom line is: It’s out of control and the Pentagon’s going along with this.”
Tucker Carlson accuses Joe Biden of trying to feminize the military, argues China is ramping up it's military masculinity. pic.twitter.com/8lDKEPyws6
— nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) March 10, 2021
Have military leaders lost their minds? The United States is currently in crisis. We’re facing our nation’s greatest geopolitical foe, China, whose leader has made no secret of his goal of world domination and our military is wasting time and taxpayer money on hairstyles for women and maternity flight suits? How many pregnant women have you seen flying fighter jets?
We look to the military to defend us from harm. Period. So why would Biden vow to bring “an intensity of purpose and mission to really change the culture and habits” of the U.S. armed forces?
The Democrats’ obsession with identity politics should stop at the Pentagon’s door. However, Biden’s appointment of the highly partisan Lloyd Austin has all but guaranteed that the military, which had been and should have always remained apolitical, will become politicized.
This latest effort to make women in the armed forces feel more respected is as unnecessary and as transparent as Austin’s campaign to root out the domestic extremists inside of the military.
U.S. Space Command Senior Enlisted Leader Master Gunnery Sgt. Scott Stalker dismissed Carlson’s comments as “Drama TV.” He wants us all to know that he doesn’t watch cable TV either at home or in the office. Stalker continued:
I’ll remind everyone that his opinion, which he has a right to, is based off of actually zero days of service in the armed forces. Let me offer you my opinion. My opinion is based off of 28 years of service in the military. He was talking about women in the armed forces today and how it makes us less lethal and less fit and less ready. Let me tell you where he’s wrong. Those decisions were made by medical professionals, by commanders and our civilian leadership. It allows for women to have more time with their children, recuperate and get fit and ready, to take that time that is necessary that our medical professionals know is needed which actually makes us a more lethal and ready and fit force ready to fight the wars of today and the wars of tomorrow. The bottom line is that we value women in our armed forces. …
— U.S. Space Command, Command Senior Enlisted Leader (@US_SpaceComCSEL) March 11, 2021
Even Stalker has to know that one doesn’t have to serve in the military to express an opinion about it. It’s worth noting that three out of the last four U.S. presidents, as Stalker puts it, had “actually zero days of service in the armed forces” too.
I have the utmost respect for the military. Two of my sons currently serve in the army. But it’s obvious to most of us that opening its door to politics will weaken it substantially.
After The New York Times and every other liberal media outlet hopped on board the Stalker train, Carlson responded in the video below. A transcription of his remarks can be read here.
Here are the highlights from Carlson’s monolog:
- Our military is the last functional institution of any size in this country. It’s the last institution most people trust and respect. It is by far the most important. A weak military means no country. Period.
- [We] depend on the U.S. military to protect our families and to protect the country itself. Joe Biden doesn’t see it that way. Finding the most effective military pilots — or infantry officers, or SEAL teams — is not his priority. It’s not even close to his priority. Identity politics is Joe Biden’s priority. It’s all that matters.
- the U.S. military exists to fight and win wars. That is its only purpose. … Making people feel valued and included is a good thing, but it is not the point of the U.S. military. It cannot be the point of the U.S. military, or else we’re done.
- For centuries, our military has been self-consciously non-partisan. In a democracy, it has to be that way. No country can survive if its armed forces become the tool of a specific political party. We know that because it happens all the time, all over the world, and the consequences are always horrifying. It has never happened here.
- … they become hysterical because they can’t defend their own policies. When people can’t defend what they’ve done, they yell. They can’t even clearly explain what those policies are, at least publicly. So they attack.
- You hear politicians like Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill. say that it’s unpatriotic to question the Pentagon unless you’ve served in the military yourself. You haven’t earned that right. Really? Can only cops talk about police brutality? If you haven’t been elected to office, can you criticize Congress? They’re not making a real argument. They’re trying to silence dissent.
- As Lloyd Austin hyperventilates about White supremacy, there are real threats out there, and the biggest ones continue to be ignored. Those threats aren’t in Syria or suburban Virginia, and they’re not domestic extremism, at least not right now.
- The main threat we face, as everyone who is honest knows, is the government of China. China is ascendant. Their economy will soon outpace ours. China now has the largest navy on the planet. Why do they have that? Why did they feel the need to build it? Does that have potential consequences for us? Yes.
- If China moved against Taiwan, how would we respond? More likely, if the Chinese decided to close international shipping lanes, it would cripple our economy. If they decided to shut down our internet, it would bring our life to a halt. If they decided to occupy Malaysia, that would be a grave concern to the world. If any of these things, or 100 other things that might take place, actually happen, what exactly would our Pentagon do about it? Can the U.S. military still win a real war? Those are the questions that matter. Those are the only questions that matter, which may be why Joe Biden wants to talk about maternity flight suits.
Below, Stalker has the last word.
My response to your responses. Thank you, be kind and have a nice weekend. pic.twitter.com/zPvSmBWeiX
— U.S. Space Command, Command Senior Enlisted Leader (@US_SpaceComCSEL) March 12, 2021