The following contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.
WASHINGTON, DC- Americans rely on our military to be apolitical. Their mission is fairly simple—protect the homeland, and as the late, great Rush Limbaugh used to say, kill people and break things.
The military doesn’t exist as some great social engineering proving ground where woke ideology is drilled into the men and women who protect our country.
We are fairly certain that the military apparatus in say, Russia and China aren’t worried about political correctness. They understand the mission of the military.
Not in Biden’s America however.
American Military News tells us that a so-called “diversity and inclusion officer” under U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has been returned to his post this week after past social media posts were unearthed in which he compared former President Donald Trump to Hitler.
If he’s looking for people to compare to a ruthless power obsessed dictator, he might want to take a look at the current occupant of the White House.
Richard Torres-Estrada, the first person ever appointed to such a position was reinstated after an “investigation” into his comments.
“Mr. Torres-Estrada has resumed the duties of the Chief of Diversity & Inclusion for United States Special Operations Command after a USSOCOM commander-directed investigation into the circumstances surrounding his hiring concluded and found no violations of law or DoD regulation, SOCOM spokesman Ken McGraw told Military Times last week.
Torres-Estrada was appointed to the newly created position in March and immediately came under harsh criticism when a June 2020 Facebook post was uncovered in which he posted a meme of Trump which compared the former president to Adolf Hitler.
The meme in question was accompanied by a caption reading, “Here I leave this and slowly retire (to continue working from home)…”
The meme showed a picture of Trump holding up a bible in front of the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, which was torched by Black Lives Matter rioters.
Next to Trump was a picture of Hitler holding up a book. Of course the “fact-checkers” at Fakebook marked the photo only with “partly false information,” because the photo of Hitler had been doctored.
Last July he also posted another anti-Trump meme which had alleged quotes from former Trump advisers criticizing him; Torres-Estrada added the caption, “I just have to post this.” In other words, he’s a leftist political hack, a perfect addition for the woke Biden administration.
Just this past February, mere weeks before being appointed to a position within the military, he posted another meme critical of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), where the senator was criticized for taking his family out of state in the midst of a widespread power outage in his home state.
At the time, SOCOM said, “We are aware of the allegations and are looking into them now.”
Shortly afterward, USSOCOM issued a statement saying that Torres-Estrada had “been assigned other duties” at the command “pending the results of the investigation.”
Breitbart News said that in addition to the initial statement trumpeting the leftist Torres-Estrada’s return, they added:
“USSOCOM is confident in the hiring process and Mr. Torres-Estrada’s potential to fill this important position.”
When Torres-Estrada was hired to the position initially, the command touted his experience and qualifications on Instagram:
“Mr. Torres-Estrada has nearly two decades worth of experience working diversity and inclusion programs and activities in federal agencies.
Mr. Torres-Estrada’s arrival corresponds with the publication of the USSOCOM D&I Strategic Plan, which will guide the enterprise-wide effort to institutionalize and sustain D&I. We look forward to Mr. Torres-Estrada’s contribution in enhancing the capabilities and effectiveness of #SOF through diversity of talent, helping us recruit the best of the best.”
USSOCOM welcomes our new Chief of Diversity & Inclusion, Mr. Richard Torres-Estrada. We look forward to his contribution in enhancing the capabilities and effectiveness of #SOF through diversity of talent, helping us recruit the best of the best. #QuietProfessionals pic.twitter.com/Z6aJnz91mx
— USSOCOM (@USSOCOM) March 25, 2021
Biden is of course pushing to turn the military into some grand woke social experiment, which can pretty much be guaranteed to compromise our national security, with the focus being taken off our enemies and training a battle-ready force, and instead indoctrinating recruits to hate America.
Because as we all know, people who hate our country and what they are “told” it stands for will make people willing to sacrifice their lives for it like, oh say those at Normandy.
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Some members of Congress, however, have raised concerns about the direction the military is heading into, with the concern being that instead of promoting cohesion, togetherness and patriotism, the military instead is being divided along racial and gender lines.
For example last week Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) a military veteran questioned Defense Secretary about complaints he has received from within the military, who complain about being segregated by race and sex for the purposes of “stratify[ing] people based on their perceived privilege.”
Cotton also said a special ops community member was told by an official that “the U.S. special operations community is racist.”
Enough is enough. We won’t let our military fall to woke ideology. We have just launched a whistleblower webpage where you can submit your story. Your complaint will be legally protected, and go to my office and @SenTomCotton.https://t.co/4FstasB7Tm
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) May 28, 2021
In another case, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday (who should be fired in our opinion) was slammed over his decision to include the anti-white, racist garbage book “How to Be an Antiracist” by black supremacist Ibram X.
Kendi on its official reading list. Kendi was recently pressed to define “racism” which he was unable to do.
Gilday couldn’t answer simple questions posed to him by Congressional Republicans, including one by Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) in which he asked Gilday if he supported Kendi’s statement that the capitalist system in the United States is racist. Banks it should be noted is a veteran of the United States Navy.
Gilday, who was clearly not prepared to answer Banks’ questions got snarky and condescending at times, including when Banks asked him if he supported some of Kendi’s more outlandish beliefs.
“I’m not going to sit here and defend cherry-picked quotes from somebody’s book,” Gilday said. “I’m not going to do that…”
Banks asked Gilday if forcing naval personnel to read a book which in essences says all white people are racist fulfills the Navy’s mission and builds unit cohesion. Gilday once again deflected and didn’t answer the question.
Probably the most telling part of the testimony was when Banks asked Gilday if Kendi’s past statement that white people had deliberately caused the AIDS virus and whether that was an extremist belief.
“Sir, I’d have to understand the context of the statement,” Gilday started, when Banks told him it was a simple yes or no question.
So, military commanders who used to be more concerned about having battle-ready forces at their disposal are instead more concerned about diversity and political correctness.
Last week, commanders of both the Navy SEALS and Army Special Forces spoke to the Associated Press about the importance of diversity and inclusion in special ops.
According to Naval Special Warfare Commander Rear Adm. H. Wyman Howard III, he hopes having a more inclusive force can better protect the country…seriously.
“I think, in a republic, it’s a foundational point—you have to reflect the people you defend,” he said.
In addition, U.S. Special Operations Command Commander Lt. Gen. Fran Beaudette said that organization has loosened some restrictions on who is able to try out for special forces units, while creating teams to reach out to more diverse populations.
On May 25, Breitbart reported that both civilian and military personnel with Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) are being encouraged by the Pentagon to attend a diversity, equity and inclusion conference.
Gens. George Patton, Omar Bradley, and Dwight Eisenhower, as well as Adm. Chester Nimitz must be rolling in their graves.
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