This past weekend certainly was not a quiet one, judging from the fray that broke out between Tucker Carlson and the military. Though this situation seems mind boggling on the surface, it actually did transpire over the past few days.
The entire situation erupted after Tucker Carlson offered well-justified critiques of the United States military, particularly within the Biden administration, which stresses “progressive” policies over mission readiness, to put it mildly. For instance, Carlson notes that China has made seriously aggressive advancements in its sea operations.
“China has quickly developed the world’s largest naval force. In 2015, China had 254 battleships. Now they have more than 360 and many of them are more capable of anything in the American fleet.” [Source: Townhall]
Recalling all the commentary the media had to say about the military throughout the Bush years and others, it does not seem that Carlson made any remarks that were wildly inappropriate, but apparently the Pentagon saw things differently, as they responded fast and furious to Carlson’s commentary.
Among their many replies, one of the more egregious responses was that Carlson has had “zero days of military experience,” which apparently means that he is not allowed to comment on anything related to the military.
Safe to say that particular standard has not been applied to the likes of CNN.
Even worse, the military has long been intended to remain apolitical for numerous reasons, including the fact that the military is protecting the entire nation from foreign threats, not partisan groups from one another.
Which is precisely why Ted Cruz has made his way into the fray, with a rather pointed letter sent to the Pentagon over its sudden partisanship.
“The U.S military’s subordination to civilian governance, including to the American people for whom and by whom the government is selected, is at the core of our Republic and its institutions. That structure is woven into our military at every level, including Department of Defense (DOD) Directive 1344.10, which broadly forbids military service members in from engaging in their official capacities in any activities that associate the DOD with any partisan political campaign or elections, candidate, cause, or issue.” [Source: Town Hall]
Absolutely, 100% correct. The military has no business involving itself in using official channels to complain about Carlson, no matter how personally annoyed they may have been by his comments. Furthermore, using those official channels exclusively for conservatives is hardly a way to “unite” the country.
Cruz also called out the military openly for its blatant left-wing antics, noting that the military has long been tasked with avoiding political endorsements, not to mention avoiding any engagement with leftwing politics.
“I am deeply troubled that the commitments you made, and the military’s broader obligation to avoid political endorsements and controversy, are being systematically undermined for the sake of leftwing ideology and political expediency. 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.” [Source: Town Hall]
It was quite amazing how brazen the military way in openly criticizing Carlson. Given that Carlson is an American citizen, it is also deeply troubling that the military feels the need to attack someone who clearly isn’t all gaga over Biden.
In fact, the military’s attacks on Carlson bring to mind uncomfortable realities in other nations, wherein the military effectively serves as the guard dogs for the sitting president. In nations where political freedom and speech is not allowed, then the military oftentimes will simply squire individuals off to dark corridors devoid of due process.
“This spectacle risks politicizing the military after several centuries of efforts to keep military officials out of domestic affairs, undermining civil-military relations by having the military take a side in a contentious cultural dispute, and the perception that military leaders are happily weaponizing the institution against political critics of the sitting administration.” [Source: Town Hall]
In other words, Cruz foresees the exact same troubling trend … “weaponizing the institution against political critics.”
First, tens of thousands of National Guard members guide Biden’s inauguration. Second, the military is now going nuts over a conservative commentator … Not a favorable trend.