Defense Sec. Austin Swipes At Complaints About Diversity Push In Military

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin pushed back against conservatives’ complaints that the Pentagon’s efforts to promote diversity in its recruiting campaign was somehow emasculating or other undermining the U.S. military.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://talkingpointsmemo.com/?p=1375943

“We have the greatest military on earth, but Dem politicians & woke media are trying to turn them into pansies,” Cruz, who was caught escaping to a tropical vacation in Cancun during a winter storm that left millions of his constituents freezing without power, tweeted the next day.

Thank you, @crismcabrera, for this well deserved context. Just magnificent!

“It is not too soft. It will never be too soft,” Austin told CNN in a pre-taped interview that aired on Memorial Day. “I think our adversaries would like to capitalize on talking points like that, you know, the Chinese, the Russians.”

And I like how Sec Def. Austin basically called Cruz a Russian/Chinese stooge.

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We’ve got a lot of white nationalists in the military. They should all be rooted out. I would start with any allies of Michael Flynn.

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Please, let someone of import say something like this: “The real pansies are those who whine about diversity instead of putting their heads down and doing their jobs.”

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It is always the same arguments, so we do we always litigate them? Because the biggest lie the Right ever told was that the media was left wing.

And they did it on media that was underwritten by non-profit evangelical churches - the Koch money was just the fuel for the fire.

There was never any competition for Rush Limbaugh. This is why.

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Every evangelical in the fast track, starting from Pompeo.

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The media is more left-wing in one important respect: the vast majority of outlets follow standard journalism rules and state only facts.

How truth got to be a “left-wing” attribute is a tale worth exploring in more detail.

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Print and radio were born into ethics in journalism. Cable TV killed news because they just needed a talking face. Bring on the blondes.

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Cruz speaking about “pansies.” Like lying and hypocrisy, projection is just something they have the ability to ignore even though they know it’s a constant feature of theirs.

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Wouldn’t that shut down the Air Force Academy?

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) griped about a new U.S. Army ad featuring a soldier telling her story of being raised by two moms before joining the military.

So a woman who was raised by two moms is, by Cruz’s standards, a pansy. That should bolster his support with suburban women.

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“He’s kind of a toxic guy in an office, the guy who microwaves fish.” – Al Franken, on Ted Cruz

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Name calling
Lies
Voter Suppression
Obstruction

Feel free to add more…

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Child sex trafficking
Providing aid and comfort to our enemies
Sedition
Violations of civil liberties

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And they always seem to get away with it!

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Most women, non whites, and LGTB in the military have had their valor suppressed historically. Indeed, even presumably straight white males have been swiftboated for daring to be in the Democratic Party. B-17 pilots flying missions with 5 - 10% losses got to like the Tuskeegee Airmen who never lost a bomber to German fighters. The ethnic military groups formed in WWII had consistently great records in combat.

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Your inconvenient facts are studiously ignored by the GQP and their flaks looking to anger their trumpy snowflake voters.

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The Japanese-Americans in Europe come to mind

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Yes, yes, but is there a downside?

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These comments about the military being too soft are inevitably from individuals who were too gutless to serve.

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The Space Force will go where no man has gone before to fill the void.

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