General Mark Milley dismisses conservative criticism of the U.S. military’s embrace of progressive ideologies.
Gen. Mark Milley, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has defended the U.S. military from right-wing accusations that it has gone “too woke.”
“I absolutely do not agree,” Milley stated in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, which was broadcasted on Sunday. “Furthermore, I am uncertain of the true definition of that term,” added the highest-ranking military official in the United States.
Milley characterized the U.S. military as incredibly robust and formidable, highlighting its readiness rates as currently surpassing previous years.
“I cannot reword”
Conservatives have railed against the military’s efforts to counter extremism and its teaching of critical race theory. Milley has previously slammed as “offensive” the claims promoted by former President Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and former Fox News personality Tucker Carlson among others.
During the CNN interview, Milley discussed his involvement in a June 2020 photo opportunity with former President Donald Trump during the protests against racism, referring to it as a “mistake.”
He stated that the U.S. military must remain nonpartisan, mentioning that he promptly left the occasion once he became aware of its political nature. He firmly believes that a uniform should never be present at a political event under any circumstances. Additionally, he emphasized the importance of keeping the military separate from domestic politics.
Milley must leave his post when his statutory term ends on Oct. 1. His replacement is currently unknown, thanks to Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s (R-Ala.) singlehanded, monthslong blocking of military nominations and promotions from advancing in the Senate in protest of the Pentagon’s policy which allows service members to take time off to seek abortion care in other states.
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