Senate Committee Tells Pentagon to ‘Immediately’ Halt So-Called Fight Against ‘Extremism’

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ANALYSIS – In a powerful rebuke to Team Biden’s political witch hunt against conservatives in the military, the Senate Armed Services Committee just told the Pentagon to immediately halt its latest programs to allegedly prevent and root out ‘extremism’ in the ranks.

This extremism in the military has been the latest false narrative created by the Left to discredit conservatives in general and Trump supporters in particular.

The Defense Department initiative was primarily justified by the fact that dozens of people charged with ransacking the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, out of many hundred, were former or current service personnel.

However, critics note that the percentages of those participating in the riot did not show that this was disproportionate to the veteran population.

In April, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin set up a Countering Extremist Activity Working Group to supposedly tackle the problematic issue. However, the group reported in December 2021 that it had found only 100 cases of extremism in a total military force of over 2 million people — or .005 percent.

That’s not much of a threat.

Many also see the Pentagon’s ‘counter-extremism’ effort as a thinly veiled attempt to purge conservatives from the military while cementing its latest radical woke policies.

‘Spending additional time and resources to combat exceptionally rare instances of extremism in the military is an inappropriate use of taxpayer funds,’ says the committee report accompanying the Senate’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The report added that these programs should be ended “immediately.”

As Roll Call notes: “While not legally binding on the Pentagon, it appears to send a signal of congressional opposition to efforts to counter extremist narratives in the military.”

And to highlight the woke nature of the Pentagon’s anti-extremism effort, Bill Braniff, an Army veteran and director of the University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, or START, made it clear in his email to Roll Call:

What is the impact on morale, good order and discipline, and ultimately combat effectiveness, if the men and women in our incredibly diverse and all-volunteer military believe that the Department of Defense doesn’t have their backs when it comes to white supremacy, support for jihadism, misogynist extremism, or anti-LGBTQ+ extremism?

According to Braniff, and those on the Left, anyone who opposes abuse and overreach by the federal government or is critical of the Pentagon’s neo-Marxist and racist Critical Race Theory (CRT) indoctrination, or radical LGBTQ+ agenda, is an ‘extremist.’

But the Senate Armed Services Committee says that:

…the vast majority of servicemembers serve with honor and distinction, and that the narrative surrounding systemic extremism in the military besmirches the men and women in uniform. The committee believes that when extremist activity does in fact occur that it must be dealt with swiftly and appropriately; however, the case incident rate does not warrant a Department-wide effort on the issue.

It is uncertain if the final NDAA that Congress sends to President Biden will include the language described above, as Democratic opposition in both chambers could result in deleting or modifying it during negotiations in the coming months.

We can only hope it does though, because this false partisan narrative of military extremism being a significant danger needs to be quashed – ‘immediately.’ ADN


Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank. - paulcrespo.substack.com - PAULCRESPO.COM

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