One of the few things that, historically, most Democrat and Republican voters (if not their party leadership) have agreed on is the need for a strong military, though, that has changed over the last few years with Democrat voters moving further and further left.
A recent survey of one military branch shows a disturbing situation, though, a situation which will make thinking people wonder if the U.S. can stand up to foreign threats to our safety and sovereignty. Tony Perkins writes,
A new Congressional report on the U.S. navy “found that a staggering 94% of sailors interviewed believe that the surface Navy suffers from a crisis of leadership and culture.” Increased administrative burdens (750 annual reports per ship, most of them useless) and training not related to combat have eaten into the time American sailors are able to devote to honing mission-critical skills. “The noncombat curricula consume Navy resources, clog inboxes, create administrative quagmires, and monopolize precious training time,” the report warns. The report highlights America’s glaring unpreparedness at a time when America’s primary strategic competitor, China, is beefing up its navy, threatening U.S. allies and interests around the world.
Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), one of the legislators who commissioned the report, said the results were “disappointing because it confirmed what I suspected.” He moved to commission a report after a string of incidents have destroyed U.S. navy ships even under peacetime conditions. The USS Fitzgerald and USS McCain ran into other ships, the USS Bonhomme Richard caught fire in a U.S. port, and American officers in the Persian Gulf surrendered their patrol crafts to what were little more than Iranian fishing boats. The navy has “lost a capital ship worth hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars on average every six months over the last several years,” said Cotton. “Those are not isolated incidents.”
According to the report, many sailors agree. “Sometimes I think we care more about whether we have enough diversity officers than if we’ll survive a fight with the Chinese navy,” said one active-duty lieutenant. “They think my only value is as a black woman. But you cut our ship open with a missile and we’ll all bleed the same color.” Cotton said the “failures go back over multiple administrations,” but “it’s gotten worse with things like critical race theory.” Like the report, which was directed by two retired flag officers, the navy’s problem transcends partisan politics.
This assessment of the ability of the U.S. Navy, by members of the Navy, no less, is disturbing, and this bureaucratic and idiotic virtue signaling nightmare is likely to get worse under the current administration, not to mention how likely it is that all branches of the military are infected with this nonsense.
Too many military “leaders” are so concerned with micromanagement, with justifying their own existence by demanding endless bureaucracy, and with virtue signaling that they’ve forgotten that their job as members of the military is to protect the United States and U.S. citizens.
This foolishness has to stop before it’s too late.