Marines Walk Back Tucker Carlson War
Marines Walk Back Tucker Carlson War
Some U.S. Marines got their silkies in a twist over comments made by Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson. Carlson was criticizing Joe Biden’s comments about military maternity uniforms on International Women’s Day. The II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF) admitted that the Twitter war against Carlson was not a good look.
Along with Kamala Harris and Secretary of Defense LLoyd Austin, Joe Biden used International Women’s Day to announce the promotion of two females to four star Generals. Mumbles Biden stumbled through the announcement.
A little bit of history is important here. President George W. Bush nominated the first female four star General, Ann Dunwoody, in 2008. The two women announced on March 8, 2021 had actually been available for promotion last year. Showing just how ill-served President Trump was by his Defense Department personnel, Secretary Mark Esper and General Mark Milley didn’t put their names before Trump “over fears of his reaction”. Read that again.
So, Mumbles Biden gets to the end of his speech and says:
You know, some of — some of it is relatively straightforward work where we’re making good progress designing body armor that fits women properly; tailoring combat uniforms for women; creating maternity flight suits; updating — updating requirements for their hairstyles.
Now, I am a girly-girl. I love tulle and glitter, but the idea that the man occupying the Oval Office would see fit to mention hair and fashion on International Women’s Day struck me as condescending. Especially, standing in front of two women who have spent their careers in uniform.
Tucker Carlson found it odd, too. China is worrying about the feminization of men and we are getting flight suits for pregnant women. As our Kim wrote, there are Generals worried that we may lose to China in a war, we are designing flight suits for pregnant pilots.
Tucker’s comments seemed reasonable to me. Here is the video:
Why would Biden worry about China? China owns Biden. General Jack Keane (U.S. Army, ret.) is worried about China, though. Would we really want pregnant pilots flying into a combat zone? Really?
Defense Department spokesman, Admiral John Kirby (U.S. Navy, ret.) was offended by Carlson’s comments:
“We still have a lot of work to do to make our military more inclusive,” said Kirby, whose own wife, a Navy veteran, took leave for the birth of their child and returned to duty shortly after. “We recognize the lack of female leadership across the senior ranks.”
“What we absolutely won’t do is take personnel advice from a talk-show host or the Chinese military,” Kirby added. “Maybe these people think they have something to prove. …That’s on them.”
Well, that was a little witchy with a “B”. Master Gunnery Sergeant Scott Walker, formerly of the Marines and currently with the U.S. Space Command, took offense:
“I don’t watch a lot of drama TV. I understand some comments were made yesterday and I watched the clip that Mr. Carlson produced as he referred to pregnant women in the military,” the military officer said. “I’ll remind everyone that his opinion, which he has a right to, is based off of actually zero days of service in the armed forces.”
Stalker explained that giving women service-members adequate maternity leave actually helped them recover and become stronger before returning to active duty. He said it “actually makes us a more lethal and ready and fit force.”
“The bottom line is that we value women in our armed forces,” Stalker added.
Concluding the video, Stalker asserted once again that viewers should remember that the opinions “were made by an individual who has never served a day in his life.”
“Let’s remember that’s all about drama TV,” he said.
Um, no, it’s all about having a deployable military that can win. Many of us who have never served have an interest in winning a war.
But, it was the II MEF that really got their knickers in a twist over Mr. Carlson’s comments. When we think of Marines, we think of people who eat bullets for breakfast and stir their coffee with a K-bar. We don’t think of people who get offended by something a “talk show host” said. The II MEF tweeted:
What it looks like in today’s armed forces @TuckerCarlson
— II MEF Information Group (@iimigofficial) March 12, 2021
Please note that Tucker Carlson didn’t say word one about whether or not women should serve. He did not denigrate their service in any way. U.S. Marine Gunnery Sergeant Jessie Jane Duff got it:
This has to be a joke coming from an OFFICIAL @USMC III MEF account.
I find it repulsive that Biden talked about maternity uniforms when honoring 2 females promotion to General. And you're offended over Tucker for calling out absurd comments at a promotion?
Where is @DoD_IG?
— Jessie Jane Duff (@JessieJaneDuff) March 13, 2021
Late Saturday night, the Marines tweeted:
We can do better and we will collectively take a knee, review our procedures and get back in the fight. Our focus is to train, fight and win and we have a hard time doing that without your support.
— II MEF Information Group (@iimigofficial) March 13, 2021
That’s not much better, Marines. Next time, keep the crayon eaters away from the Twitter account and pull your silkies out of your crack.
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