Military ‘Extremism’ Guidelines Make Us Weaker
Gregory Hood, American Renaissance, December 28, 2021
The United States military has many problems. It just lost a 20-year in Afghanistan that ended in a disastrous withdrawal and the deaths of 13 Marines. No one was punished except for a military officer who criticized his superiors’ incompetence. Last year, a sailor set fire to some cardboard boxes in an amphibious assault ship, which burned for days and had to be scrapped. It took incompetence throughout the chain of command to lose a capital ship that is supposed to survive bomb hits. The USS Connecticut, a powerful submarine that would be critical in any naval conflict in the Pacific, had to return to port because its crew crashed it into an underwater mountain. War games suggest that the United States would lose a fight against Russia and China.
There are morale problems. In 2020, at Fort Hood alone, 13 soldiers killed themselves, five were murdered, and 11 more died mysteriously. Suicides were up 16 percent in 2020 and four National Guard soldiers guarding the southern border killed themselves in the last two months.
There is organized crime in the services, which have lost explosives, mines, rockets, and other advanced weapons. Gang members steal fully automatic weapons. The Zetas, one of Mexico’s most notorious drug cartels, got their start when Mexican army commandos decided to switch jobs and smuggle drugs. With America turning increasingly Third World, we might see something similar here.
Many white advocates are veterans and though they are furious at “their” government, they respect the armed services. However, even that respect is fading. The Ronald Reagan Institute reported that the number of Americans with “a great deal of trust and confidence” in the military – still the most respected institution in the country – dropped from 70 percent in 2018 to 56 percent this year. Patriotism is at a record low, with even white conservatives turning their backs on the flag. Though the federal government favors blacks and Hispanics, whites are still the most patriotic. However, RamZPaul is right to say, “The Flag Wavers Are Gone” and the United States probably could not fight a any war that required a draft.
At least some Mexicans in the armed forces have dual loyalty, at best. In 2019, a Marine of Haitian descent tried to use his (exaggerated) military record as part of a scheme to make himself Haiti’s new president. On October 15, 2008, four blacks tortured and murdered a white Marine officer and his black wife. Prosecutors downplayed any racial motivation, even though the criminals spray painted racial slurs at the scene, possibly to throw off police. The case got the attention it did only because the Polish government protested (the white officer was of Polish heritage), making the story harder to bury.
In 2011, the FBI reported that gangs had infiltrated every branch of the service. Media coverage about this has declined in recent years, though my ex-military contacts and current service members tell me gangs are still active. Three recent cases:
- “Four Fort Polk soldiers arrested, charged in possible gang-related shooting,” Stars and Stripes, September 23, 2021
- “Three Fort Campbell soldiers charged in illegal gun pipeline to Chicago,” WKRN, May 11, 2021
- “Two soldiers assigned to Fort Hood charged with trying to smuggle undocumented immigrants into Texas, feds say,” KHOU 11, June 15, 2021
In summary, patriotism is declining, Gallup reports race relations are at the lowest point in 20 years, the armed services just lost our country’s longest war and would probably lose a conventional war.
America still has the best military equipment in the world, but could it count on citizens to serve in wartime? Thirty-one percent of young people are too fat to fight. While the federal government gives non-whites countless benefits and privileges, the media, schools, and the government itself teaches them their country is plagued by white supremacy. Those who benefit the most from the current regime are the least likely to defend it. The military has also lowered standards for special forces to increase “diversity,” so our warrior “elite” may become as mediocre as our political and educational “elite.”
The federal government probably could not survive a conventional military defeat. It would destroy the country or at least the government. And yet, the federal government and the military are determined to purge patriots when they need them most.
This has been going on since the beginning of the Biden Administration. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, a black man, told Senator Tom Cotton (a veteran) that “diversity, equity, and inclusion” are vital to the military. Soldiers get training in Critical Race Theory and the Navy put Ibram Kendi’s book How to Be an Antiracist on its reading list. On February 5, Secretary Austin ordered an effort to “address extremism across DoD,” including a review of what constitutes “extremism.”
A leaked PowerPoint presentation about the “Extremism and Insider Threat in the DoD” lists the Oath Keepers logo, the Three Percenters logo, and even the “OK” gesture as “symbols of extremism.” “Patriot Extremism” is first among the “domestic extremist ideologies posing the greatest risk to the DoD.” “This ideology holds that the US government has become corrupt, has overstepped its constitutional boundaries or is no longer capable of protecting the people against foreign threats,” the report explains.
Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense for Diversity and Inclusion Bishop Garrison is reportedly the head of the “Countering Extremism” task force. He says America has a “horrific history on race,” demands programs to counter the “nation-ending threat of white supremacy and white nationalist extremism,” and has said it will take the “totality of the national security apparatus to engage” what he calls “white supremacy.”
The media worry about white supremacist soldiers. These are news articles, not editorials.
- “Deep-rooted racism, discrimination permeate US military,” AP, May 27, 2021
- “They Faced Racial Bias In Military Discipline. That Can Impact National Security,” NPR, September 14, 2021
- “The Pentagon has announced new rules to counter extremism within the U.S. military,” NPR, December 20, 2021
About a week ago, we finally got an official “Report on Countering Extremist Activity Within the Department of Defense.” It starts with Secretary Austin: “We owe the men and women of the Department of Defense an environment free of extremist activities, and we owe our country a military that reflects the founding values of our democracy.” Just like social media companies, the services have set up an arbitrary, ever-shifting standard about what is and is not “extreme.” Moreover, the “founding values” of America are hardly today’s values.
The hunt for political dissidents is supposedly necessary because “insider threats” pose a danger to service members. “Following a number of high-profile insider threat attacks in the early 2010s, the Department of Defense built a program to detect, deter, and mitigate such threats . . . .” (page 3) The actual attacks were “the 2009 Fort Hood shooting, the 2013 Washington Navy Yard massacre, and the 2019 Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and Pensacola Naval Air Station Shootings.” (13) Whites committed none of them.
Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who shot up Fort Hood, wasn’t shy about his “extremism;” he praised suicide bombers and said Muslims should “rise up.” Diversity policies that made it hard for supervisors to do anything about him. There was no need for a special program to “detect” this threat.
Aaron Alexis, a black man, killed 12 people in the 2013 Washington Navy Yard shooting. Despite his criminal record and an attempt by the Navy to revoke his security clearance, Mr. Alexis was able to stay on as a contractor. Would a white man with eight disciplinary citations, two arrests, and many mental health problems have got the same treatment?
Hispanic sailor Gabriel Romero committed the 2019 Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam shooting. He, too, had mental problems and disciplinary infractions. The Navy overlooked them. Was a task force necessary to seek out this potential shooter?
Finally, there’s the Pensacola Naval Air Station Shooting. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani reportedly had contacts with al-Qaeda. In 2020, Attorney General William Barr said it was an act of terrorism motivated by “jihadist ideology.”
Thus, this report mentioned four recent specific attacks, none of which fit its current obsession with “white supremacy.” In all of them, there were plenty of reasons to investigate these men. It didn’t, perhaps because any white officer who pried might have been accused of racism.
The report cites the Biden Administration’s “National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism” as a key reason for a new approach. Robert Hampton analyzed it in June and said it was “a clear blueprint for expanding the national security state to suppress white Americans,” ignoring threats from radical Islam and black nationalists.
The new report defines “extremist activities” as “advocating or engaging in unlawful force, unlawful violence, or other illegal means to deprive individuals of their rights,” using such means to “achieve goals that are political, religious, discriminatory, or ideological in nature,” advocating the overthrow the government, or preaching other unlawful and unconstitutional measures. (page 10) This is generally straightforward, except that banning “ideological” goals would gut the whole campaign against “extremism.” However, the report forbids “advocating widespread unlawful discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, or sexual orientation.” This could mean that any opposition to foreigners serving in sensitive security roles, opposition to mass immigration, opposition to women (even pregnant ones) serving in combat, affirming America’s historic white identity, or opposing transgenders in the military is now “extreme.”
Service members are banned from “active participation” in “extremist activities.” One of the report’s goals was to define “extremist activities” and “active participation,” but it’s a muddle. “Active participation” includes unlawful acts or violence, and you also can’t make “personal contributions through donations of any kind . . . to a group or organization that engages in extremist activities, with the intent to support those activities.” (page 10) But what groups are “extreme?” The report doesn’t say.
“[P]osting, liking, sharing, re-tweeting, or otherwise distributing content” that has the “intent to promote or otherwise endorse extremist activities” is also possible firing offenses and military personnel “are responsible for the content they publish on all personal and public Internet domains, including social media sites, blogs, websites and applications.” (page 11) Even looking at an “extremist” website on a government computer is a problem, but what is “extremist”? The report refuses to say. I would call Black Lives Matter extremist, but to the military, former president Donald Trump’s website may be extremist.
A training system will provide a “script” to tell service members “how to make reports to local FBI and police or sheriff’s departments” about “extremists.” (page 12) Those leaving the service will be trained to resist recruitment by “extremists.” Screening will also be increased to weed out those who have “membership in racially biased entities and other extremist groups.” (page 14) While the report refers to gangs, clearly reports about blacks funneling weapons to criminals in Chicago shows the military isn’t stopping them.
The report denounces “racially biased entities,” but the military’s celebration of various racial heritage months suggests such entities can only be white. Anyone who joins any pro-white group, donates to one, or even visits a website on a government computer might get in trouble, even if he breaks no laws. We get a hint, though, about what groups are banned: “A partnership with the FBI now allows recruiting commands and the Military Criminal Investigative Organizations (MCIOs) access to the FBI’s Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal (LEEP), offering a wide range of information on local gangs, white-supremacy and nationalist groups, gang signs, and extremist symbols and tattoos.” (page 14)
“A senior defense official” quoted by the Miami Herald said there is no list of banned groups because they change “so quickly and it can vary a lot region-to-region, state-by-state.” Of course, this also means “extremism” is anything bureaucrats say it is. A Confederate battle-flag tattoo would have been uncontroversial a decade ago, but today, the flag could end your career. Our national political police will make it up as they go along.
The report proposes a vast new system of training, “education,” awareness, and coordination to track extremist activity. Tips on contacting the FBI or other organizations will encourage snitching and paranoia. (page 16) The report doesn’t even mention “Islam,” “Muslim,” or “jihad,” though those were clearly relevant to at least two of the attacks that supposedly justify all this.
Regime Media will help combat “extremism.” In a story about the new rules, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby admitted that the Defense Department can’t monitor social media. Instead, it will rely on “various streams of reporting.” In other words, snoops and watchdog groups will have the job of turning in “extremist” soldiers. Because “extremism” is so broadly defined, just about anyone can be vulnerable. The hunt will be on for 19-year-old soldiers who clicked on the wrong link at Facebook.
This will be a catastrophe for morale. Every white person could be a target. It’s risky to cite pop culture, even when it is based on real events, but there is plenty of racially and religiously insensitive language from Marines in Generation Kill or from the soldiers in Restrepo, War, and Korengal. Listen to how veterans talk about battle. If American soldiers ever fight rather than study woke nonsense, they will sound “extreme.” If a white angers the wrong person or if a reporter wants to collect a scalp, the ax could fall.
The report says the new disciplinary system will “improve the readiness of our Total Force, ensuring that the United States continues to have the finest, most disciplined military in the world.” (page 18) This is foolishness. Soldiers train to kill enemies. In war, they will “otherize” the enemy. We will probably see classic anarcho-tyranny. The military can’t stop crime, arms trafficking, and violence on its own bases, but it will leap into action against lawful speech.
The military is supposed to defend America, but our media, government schools, and now even the top brass tell soldiers the country was founded on racism, which is embedded in its institutions. No other government in history has ever undermined its own foundations as ours does. The military is training soldiers to despise America.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Mark Milley told Rep. Matt Gaetz that he wanted to understand “white rage,” and defended studying antiracist ideas. He doesn’t understand that this will encourage black rage. Stoking non-white grievances won’t make men fight for their country. Whites with any self-respect will learn to remain silent lest they get a dishonorable discharge. What unit cohesion is possible when the system encourages messmates to spy on each other? After lecturing Congress on the benefits of Critical Race Theory, General Milley presided over defeat in Kabul. His career hasn’t suffered.
What place does a white or a conservative of any race have in today’s military? It celebrates nonwhites racial identity, homosexuality, and transgenderism. It now pays for sex-change surgery. The values that practically every American held until recently are now “extreme.” The new effort to control thought will hardly build esprit de corps among soldiers who need to believe they are fighting for something. It would be far more straightforward if the military just appointed commissars who waved copies of Ibram Kendi books – unless the enemy it is preparing to fight is white America.
Certainly, American military heroes have no place in today’s armed services. George Washington, Andrew Jackson, “Chesty” Puller, George Patton, and other legends would not be welcome in “Our Democracy.” The Washington Post recently took a shot at the “Greatest Generation” that won World War II because most servicemen had sensible views on race. The war itself has been recast as a struggle against our own racial and national identity, not foreign enemies. If World War II veterans had known what their “victory” would unleash, would they have left home?
They certainly couldn’t enlist today. That’s just as well. This report and its consequences will keep patriotic whites out, even if they wanted to join up, so patriots won’t be killed in the next war the Potomac Regime starts and loses.
There are reasons to join the military: to get training and financial help or to challenge yourself. However, you must trust no one and make sure to have no social media accounts. Keep your mouth shut, do what you are told, and keep an eye on non-whites. Even if you fight and die, your rulers may call you racist anyway. The military is an honorable calling, but don’t be deceived into thinking the military has anything to do with defending “our freedoms.”
If your goal is to defend America and Western Civilization, don’t join. The struggle is here. If there is a war, let those who have a stake in the Regime do the fighting. Journalists and affirmative-action Americans can defend Ukraine or Taiwan. It’s not our fight.
This report makes it clear that we are under occupation just as the Afghans were. That thing on the Potomac disgracing the name of Washington doesn’t represent the historic American nation. We aren’t obligated to save our rulers from their own stupidity. They don’t want us, anyway.
The United States military will probably never win another real war. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.