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All of us who have served in the military know the drill; when a (lawful) order is given, that order will be carried out even if we think it’s a load of bull. And, many times, we knew that we might have to “sell” that order to our subordinates, as long as it was not at the cost of our own credibility. If we could not do that, then it was time to look for another line of work.
Last week, at the 11th Space Warning Squadron, at Buckley Air Force Base, CO, a Space Force O-5 (Lt. Col.) found out what the price was for not “toeing the line.” LTC Matthew Lohmeier was relieved of command of his squadron due to “loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead” (which is the all-purpose reason for such actions in the military).
The real reason? A “70-page booklet of talking points” concerning “extremism” that was given to Lohmeier with the expectation that he immediately disseminate it to his troops. For Lohmeier, it was a bridge too far. He slapped together a self-published book titled, Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest and the Unmaking of the American Military and, somewhat unwisely, proceeded to discuss the book on a podcast. (Interestingly enough, the book is becoming a best seller on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble; highly unusual for a self-published work.)
As we all know, in the military, the nail that sticks out is swiftly pounded down. In Lohmeier’s case, his beliefs were determined to be wildly out of touch with the prevailing view in DOD, so it was determined that his career had to be shelved.
We can only expect more of the same. With the creation of a new post at the Pentagon (“Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion”), there has come a clear mandate that all “extremists” must go immediately. I believe that person, Bishop Garrison, will become the military’s Torquemada and will ruthlessly expel any military member, from O-10 to E-1, who is deemed to have “extremist” views. (Particularly troubling is the newly-minted category of deviancy known as “Patriot Extremism.” What?)
Will the purge reach the levels of Pre-WWII Stalinist Russia? Stay tuned.Published in