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    Surge Summary: Troubling signs are turning up of an American military that is becoming increasingly politicized. This trend might have reached an apex when Pentagon officials went after Fox News host Tucker Carlson for recent criticisms of military policy. Texas Senator Ted Cruz is asking what’s going on? Why did this inappropriate Pentagon reaction occur?

    by Gary Bauer

    I must admit that I am worried about the U.S. military.  Not the brave young men and women who serve in uniform.  But just like every other institution in America, the Pentagon leadership seems to be increasingly “woke,” and more interested in satisfying the left than anything else.

    Remember how much resistance Donald Trump got when he wanted to send the military to help secure the border?  Well, the Pentagon now seems to be happy about protecting Nancy Pelosi and other politicians at the Capitol.

    Last month, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin ordered a 60-day “stand down” to address extremism in the military.  We’ll see how that goes.

    But given that the Pentagon had been using material from the radical left Southern Poverty Law Center, which considers Christian pro-family groups like American Values and the Family Research Council to be hate groups, I suspect this will be just another opportunity for left-wing indoctrination.  The SPLC actually defends Antifa!

    For the better part of a decade, we have partnered with allied organizations to defend religious liberty in the ranks from growing militant secularism.  While we had an ally in the previous administration, the current administration is likely to reinstate many Obama-era policies that undermined religious liberty.

    Meanwhile, Pentagon leaders got their knickers in a knot last week after Tucker Carlson questioned whether the top brass was sufficiently focused on confronting the threat from communist China.

    “While China’s military becomes more masculine as it assembles the world’s largest Navy,” our military leaders apparently think the U.S. Armed Forces need “to become more feminine, whatever feminine means anymore because men and women no longer exist,” Carlson said in his Tuesday monologue.

    But the Pentagon’s over-the-top reactions and repeated attacks on Carlson strongly suggest that he’s on to something.  While Carlson’s focus was China, our military leaders prattled on and on about diversity.

    There are restrictions against the military getting involved in civilian public policy debates for good reasons.  And Sen. Ted Cruz is demanding to know why the Pentagon focused so much fire recently on a TV talk show host.

    In a letter to Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger, Cruz wrote, “The last week has witnessed the Pentagon mobilize systematic, public attacks against television host Tucker Carlson that in substance, tone, and political resonance are inexplicably inappropriate.”

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    Image: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/; Sen. Ted Cruz; Adapted from:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/48514375097;

    Image: Tucker Carlson; Adapted from: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America – Tucker Carlson, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=75599696

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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