Tucker issues takedown of ‘woke’ military as a threat to national security
Back in September U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen Jay Silveria retired.
Whatever else the former F-15 fighter pilot accomplished in his 35-year career in service to our nation, he will likely be remembered most for a rant he delivered as superintendent of the Air Force Academy.
Someone had scribbled a racial slur outside the room of a Black cadet at the academy’s prep school Silveria then assembled all 4,000 cadets at the academy and directed them to record his remarks on their phones. “If you can’t treat someone from another race or a different color skin with dignity and respect, then you need to get out,” the obviously angry general said in a video that was viewed more than 1 million times.
Silveria, whose remarks came a month after the 2017 tragedy at Charlottesville, became an instant star to liberal media convinced the supposed racist-in-chief inhabiting the White House was spreading hate. But then an academy investigation revealed the incident was a hoax, perpetrated by the Black cadet himself.
Silveria didn’t back down. In an interview with the Air Force Times shortly before his retirement, he said, “We have to acknowledge we have racism, we have bias. We have to find it and we have to fix it.” Even when it doesn’t exist, apparently.
But Fox News’ Tucker Carlson sees such wokeism in the military as a big problem.
In a segment on Monday covering the coming intersectionality at the highest levels of the Biden administration, Carlson noted that President-elect Joe Biden “isn’t even bothering to try to convince you that he’s choosing the most competent people for key jobs. Instead, he’s telling you what they look like. Their appearance is what matters; it’s all that matters.”
“So it turns out your mother was wrong,” he added, “you can judge a book by its cover. In fact, you’re now required to.”
Carlson then argued, “What if the woke brain virus began to infect the last remaining meritocracy in this country, the bedrock guarantee of our safety and our freedom, the U.S. military? If that happened, it would be a legitimate disaster.”
He then gave several examples. One was Gen. Silveria, who, like many contemporary military leaders, seems more at home in “the anthropology department at Wesleyan.” “Silveria apparently forgot that he was mouthing the words to a hymn written by the hard left,” Carlson said, “and no one stopped him or many like him. So the brain virus spread throughout the U.S. military.”
As examples, he offered acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller’s announcement of policy changes crafted by the Pentagon’s Diversity and Inclusion Board, which undoubtedly promise “extremist left-wing social engineering projects” rooted in identity politics, Carlson said.
Moreover, the Army’s Equity and Inclusion Agency has determined that phrases like “all lives matter” and the celebration of Columbus Day are racist. The former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency had encouraged his employees to read “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo. The chief master sergeant of the Air Force had tweeted that his most pressing fear was that one of his airmen could be killed by a racist cop.
Said Carlson, “The U.S. military, for the record, has a very long history of treating everyone with respect and dignity because it was a meritocracy and a meritocracy is designed to treat people with respect and dignity on the basis of how they behave, not on the basis of how they look.”
Apparently no longer, however.
“Can you protect a nation with a military like this?” Carlson asked.
For better or worse, we’re about to find out.