The Pentagon announced this week that it would issue a military-wide pause for 60 days to root out alleged right-wing extremists within its ranks.
Newly-appointed Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin delivered the order at a meeting attended by leaders of each military service branch Wednesday, according to Pentagon press secretary John Kirby. Present at that meeting were chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Mark Milley, and vice chairman Gen. John Hyten.
“We don’t know how we’re going to be able to get after this in a meaningful, productive, tangible way and that is why he had this meeting [Wednesday] and that is why he certainly ordered this stand-down,” Kirby said.
He added: “There may be cultural issues we have to deal with here.”
Cultural issues? So like cultural views that don’t align with the radical left?
From NBC News:
The Pentagon has yet to offer data outlining the scale of the problem, and neither the Defense Department nor the FBI have released information about roughly how many service members have been disciplined over extremist links in recent years or how many potential recruits show an affinity for extremist groups.
Clarification: “Right-Wing Extremism” is likely to refer to Trump supporters and anyone within the military who questions the integrity of our elections. The Pentagon only defined “extremism” with enough specificity to let U.S. military personal who support Black Lives Matter, ANTIFA, and/or groups tied to Muslim extremists know they are in the clear.
Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier of California recently asked President Joe Biden in a letter to issue an executive order that would require that security clearance for federal employees and military troops include a review of social media posts.