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Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman destroys Gaetz’ criticism of “woke” military



During a Wednesday House Armed Services hearing, Controversial Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, currently under investigation for sex trafficking a minor, accused General Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, of endorsing a “woke” military and implying that fostering an environment of learning about racism and learning from America’s history is somehow a bad thing.

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Milley pushed back pretty hard against Gaetz, who smugly listened and shook his head in complete and utter disrespect of the General.

Milley said:

“I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military … of being ‘woke’ or something else because we’re studying some theories that are out there.”

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This was all spurred by comments by Gaetz’ colleague Michael Waltz, a fellow Florida Republican, who asked Milley about the teaching of “critical race theory” at West Point, and specifically a seminar called “Understanding Whiteness and White Rage:”

“This came to me from cadets, from families, from soldiers with their alarm and their concern about how divisive this type of teaching is that is rooted in Marxism.”

General Milley, who is white, defended both the seminar and the general practice of teaching service members ideas that are controversial or even make them uncomfortable sometimes, using the January 6 Capitol attack as context:

“I want to understand white rage, and I’m white…What is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America? What is wrong with having some situational understanding about the country we are here to defend?”

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Noting that his having read writers like Karl Marx did not make him a communist, General Milley went on a long, impromptu disquisition on the history of racism in the military and the need for cadets and service members alike to study it.

“I do want to know,” he concluded.  “It matters to our military and the discipline and cohesion of this military.”

Gaetz’ critics, and there are many, were quick to celebrate his evisceration at the hands of Milley:

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