The 60-day military stand-down ordered by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in February is backfiring as troops are drawing equivalencies between the January 6 riot at the U.S. capitol and last year’s “protests” for racial justice, reports Military.com.
The Pentagon is freaking out bc the extremism standdowns are backfiring and the troops keep asking about BLM riots and Antifa https://t.co/SGre8T7rNT
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) March 20, 2021
During a Pentagon briefing on Thursday, Ramón “CZ” Colón-López, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, revealed that some troops have asked, “How come you’re not looking at the situation that was going on in Seattle prior to that?”
Colón-López says he is “concerned about the way that some people are looking at the current environment.”
“[These types of questions are] coming from every echelon that we’re talking to,” the Chief Master Sergeant added.
Colón-López said the confusion some younger troops have expressed shows why the training sessions on extremism are needed.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered the stand-down Feb. 5 and gave units across the military 60 days to discuss extremism in the ranks with troops.
The military’s policies are clear, he said: Troops are not to advocate for, or participate in, supremacist, extremist or criminal gang doctrine, ideology or causes.
The military remains an apolitical organization, Colón-López said, and it doesn’t matter if an extremist group is far right or far left — both are off limits.
“If it’s an organization that is actually imposing harm, threat, destruction, criminal activity and so on, then we don’t condone that behavior,” Colón-López said. “We’re focusing on letting people know exactly what the oath tells us to do when it comes to obeying lawful orders, remaining apolitical and basically being good stewards of society.”
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