Sunday, December 11, 2022

Americans Are Losing Trust in the Military: The rise of woke politics has undermined public confidence in the brass; ‘Woke warfighters’: GOP Report Claims Biden Admin, Pentagon Policies Weakening Military; 62% of Americans Say Military Too Political; Half Say Too ‘Woke’, and related stories

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WSJ: Americans Are Losing Trust in the Military
The rise of woke politics has undermined public confidence in the brass.
The current era is marked by fading trust in U.S. institutions, but confidence in one pillar has held up: the military. But now even that is eroding, and the question is whether the brass will get the message.
The Reagan Institute releases an annual survey of public attitudes on national defense, and this year only 48% reported having “a great deal of confidence” in the U.S. military in results first detailed here. That’s down from 70% in 2018, and within the margin error of last year’s 45%.
This is consistent with other surveys. Pew Research this year noted a 14-point drop since 2020 in Americans who said they had a great deal of confidence in the military to act in the public’s interest.
The Reagan poll asked Americans what is driving the decline. It isn’t the ability to carry out missions or win in a fight. It is “things going on outside the core competencies of the military,” says Reagan’s Roger Zakheim. “Call it politicization, call it wokeness,” but that’s where “you can connect the dots.”
Some 62% said “military leadership becoming overly politicized” reduced their confidence some or a great deal. That includes trust in civilians who give the orders. Americans offered some of the worst ratings for decisions made by Presidents, and the U.S. retreat from Afghanistan comes to mind. --->READ MORE HERE
NY POST: ‘Woke warfighters’: GOP report claims Biden admin, Pentagon policies weakening military:
Two Republican lawmakers say the Biden administration’s “woke” policies on race, gender, anti-extremism and LGBTQ issues have enfeebled the US military.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) argued in the 18-page document Monday that the White House’s “sustained assault fueled by woke virtue signaling” is “eroding our greatest source of security” in the world.
“Our military’s singular purpose is to ‘provide for the common defense’ of our nation. It cannot be turned into a left-wing social experiment,” Rubio and Roy wrote. “… It cannot be paralyzed by fear of offending the sensibilities of Ivy League faculty lounges or progressive pundits.”
The report was meant to lay the groundwork for the lawmakers’ forthcoming “Restoring Military Focus Act,” which would eliminate the Pentagon’s chief diversity officer position responsible for implementing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives in the DoD.
In a statement unveiling the report, Rubio said the military “parroting woke nonsense” was “dumb” and “dangerous.”
“We need to spend more time thinking about how to counter Chinese aircraft carriers and less time thinking about pronouns,” he said. --->READ MORE HERE
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