When questioned about teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT) at West Point, Annapolis, and the Air Force Academy, Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said it’s is important for leaders to be well-versed in many schools of thought.  “I’ve read Mao Zedong. I’ve read Karl Marx. I’ve read Lenin. That doesn’t make me a communist, so what is wrong with understanding … the country which we are here to defend?”  The problem is while Milley cited Marx, Mao, and Lenin, those men espoused an economic ideology and a political theory whereas CRT is a distortion of history.

Not surprisingly an incurious press corps chose not to challenge the general on his specious reasoning.  Which leads me to ask why any clear-thinking individual would place the slightest bit of credibility in a man who called his Chinese counterpart twice during the Trump presidency, to reassure Beijing that the U.S. would not attack, and who predicted Ukraine would fall within 72 hours of the Russian invasion, is incomprehensible.  Meanwhile, the general fails to ask the basic question, “How can our military pledge their lives to defend the Constitution when CRT suggests that the Constitution is a racist, dehumanizing, flawed document?”

CRT presents a nebulous set of beliefs that looks at every issue through the prism of race and reduces individuals to two groups – “oppressors” and “oppressed.”  This is a poisonous ideology that accuses white people of being oppressors while asserting that minorities cannot succeed in America without perpetuating white supremacy.  So, is this the concept we want our future military leaders to hold?

CRT is a race-based way of looking at the world, which we should all find ironic considering that the philosophy is ostensibly about “anti-racism!” It essentially advocates eliminating those basic American structures, norms, and institutions that CRT theorists deem unacceptable.

Imposing anti-American racial ideologies on our troops directly threatens our national security because it spreads ideas that undermine confidence in the principles underpinning our Constitution, trust in our system of government and traditional values that promote unity, cohesion, and equality among service members.

Our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Space guardians take an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution and all that it stands for.  Instructing our fighting men and women that our Constitution, and the beliefs incorporated into it by the Founders, were meant to perpetuate white supremacy is beyond reprehensible, but the Biden administration could not care less.  Its goal isn’t to make cadets aware of the concept of CRT, rather the administration’s goal is one of indoctrination. Just as professors at the service academies should not endorse communism in the classroom, they shouldn’t be endorsing CRT, but that’s exactly what is happening.

Gen. Mark Milley, recently told Congress he wants to “understand white rage.”  By the way, would someone please define ‘white rage’ and how it’s applicable to the military today?  At the same time, Adm. Michael Gilday, chief of naval operations, included Ibram Kendi’s “How to Be An Anti-Racist” on his professional reading list

I believe the creeping influence of CRT in the military is a “Clear and Present Danger” to the nation while jeopardizing the health and strength of the armed forces.  CRT will increase racial division and resentment and erode camaraderie.  It will also undermine the instrumental unity that is essential for the U.S. military to successfully protect our national interests.  But the real issue isn’t pushing these radical concepts on the force at large, it that CRT serves to indoctrinate the next generation of military officers.

I once served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, which meant that I pledged my life to the defense of the Constitution, which is the way it should be.  But how does that square with the teaching of CRT principles that suggest the Constitution is a racist, dehumanizing, flawed document?  Interestingly, I have never heard Gen. Milley address that question – he’d rather spout on about white rage.

Our service academies should be focused on training and equipping young men and women to be the best warfighters and leaders in the world and to be ready to keep those under their command alive and to complete the mission. Sadly, it seems our leaders, both civilian and military have had different priority since our disgraceful and embarrassing pullout from Afghanistan.

Quote of the day – “Who is wise? He that learns from everyone.  Who is powerful? He that governs his Passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.”—Benjamin Franklin