Mike Pompeo goes to war against a ‘woke’ US military

Mike Pompeo and I agree on very little; in my opinion, Pompeo flout bad policy and practices bad policy. He exerts a pernicious influence on the United States foreign and home affairs. Yet Pompeo is rolling out an initiative that I find myself receptive to. And while Pompeo frames this initiative with hyperbolic language, anchoring the initiative with points that go overboard, I find myself agreeing with the general sentiment: the US military should not be “woke up.

Once an obscure worldview, relegated to humanities departments, communicated in esoteric terms, woke ideology has fully entered the mainstream. And while conservative portions of the American population resist the rise of awakening, that matters little, because awakening has permeated our centers of power: government, business, and academia.

Indeed, the places where decisions are made, the places where money is transacted, the places where culture is formed and projected, are undeniably awakened.

Woke is built on good intentions for everyone, especially

Many providers of enlightenment have good intentions; they sense injustice and want to resolve injustice – a noble instinct.

But by subscribing to an awakened worldview—and offering solutions within the framework of an awakened worldview—these would-be benefactors often misdiagnose the problem before employing misguided solutions. And yet, many enlightenment providers do not want to do well. They recognize an opportunity to preserve their own power – blaming a variety of social injustices on immutable characteristics that the individual cannot change, thus ruling out the need for reform (i.e., divestment of power ) – or to gain power.

Campaign Against Revival in the Army

Now Pompeo — a West Point grad and Army veteran — is launching a initiative to counter the revival in the US military. The initiative, supported by Pompeo’s nonprofit CAVFUND, includes a website (www.troopspeakout.com) and two advertisements.

“American security and the security of our families rests on the shoulders of our men and women in uniform,” a statement said. “Their training should never be corrupted to advance left-wing political goals. It is important. An awakened army is a weak army…we must do everything we can to stop the spread of awakening in our armed forces.

In one of the ads, Pompeo says, “Today our military is under attack from the radical left” and “if you’re a young kid sitting in a burrow, you don’t give a damn about political correctness. If we focus on the wrong priorities, Americans will be much less secure. We will use the correct pronouns, but what we will not have is the ability to keep our country safe.

“I can assure you that there is no Russian general, no Iranian leader, no Chinese Community Party admiral, who spends a second thinking about gender or waking up ideology or climate change,” he said. Pompeo said, “They’re thinking about how to kill Americans and the fight is on. We have to get away from this radical leftist ideology. We can’t let it into our military.

How the Woke Agenda Affects the Military

There’s a lot to unpack here. First, the initiative is a political posturing more than any sincere effort to reform military culture – Pompeo was rumored shelter presidential aspirations and attacking the woke culture is sure to be a hit with half the country.

Second, awakened cultivation seems unlikely to degrade the effectiveness of an army’s tactics, strategies, and weaponry. Our bombs are going to have the same effect whether or not the guy dropping the bombs has gone through diversity training. What seems more likely to degrade the capability of our military — and ultimately degrade the security of American citizens — is overextension, hyper-hawkishness, basically Mike Pompeo anywhere near the decision-making process. Although I grant Pompeo, that time and money that the military spends on a woke agenda would be better spent elsewhere – I highly doubt that the woke agenda, or the resources committed to a woke agenda, will harm the ability of army general combat.

Pompeo does, however, make some good points. Like the kid sitting on the fox hole who doesn’t care about political correctness. This touches on a larger and more important theme, which happens to be richly ironic: enlightened ideology is a luxury. People living in poverty, at home and abroad, people fighting wars, people struggling against grave injustices – their lives are rooted in reality. Herein lies the irony: the people who designed the woke ideology to help do not subscribe to the woke ideology. Go figure.

Instead, it’s tenured professors, human resources professionals, corporate executives and upper-middle-class students – people with money, time and privilege – who find solace. in the waking worldview. Along the same lines, Pompeo points out that Russians, Iranians, and the Chinese don’t care about “gender, woke ideology, or climate change”. Generally this is true. Climate change has significant geopolitical and national security implications that nations would do well to consider if for no other reason than energy competition.

But no, America’s competitors abroad are wasting no time waking up. And while America’s massive subscription to Awakening doesn’t degrade the quality of our military as Pompeo suspects, Awakening can degrade the quality of our society – which I believe is what Pompeo wants. ultimately say, in which case he is absolutely right. Comedian Bill Maher, who resides opposite Pompeo on the US political spectrum, made a similar statement. indicate.

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“You are not going to win the battle of the 21st century if you are stupid people. And Americans are stupid people,” Maher said. “Do you know who doesn’t care that there’s a stereotype of a Chinese man in a Dr. Seuss book? China. All 1.4 billion of them could not give a flying crouching tiger f— because they are not stupid people. On the contrary, they are as serious as a prison fight… China sees a problem and they fix it. They build a dam. We are debating what to rename.

Harrison Kass is the senior defense writer at 19FortyFive. A lawyer, pilot, guitarist and minor professional hockey player, he joined the US Air Force as a trainee pilot, but was discharged for medical reasons. Harrison holds a BA from Lake Forest College, a JD from the University of Oregon, and an MA from New York University. He lives in Oregon and listens to Dokken. Follow him on Twitter @harrison_kass.

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