Stand Down Ordered By SecDef To Combat Extremism

Stand Down Ordered By SecDef To Combat Extremism

Stand Down Ordered By SecDef To Combat Extremism

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has ordered a 60 day stand down in order to address extremism in the ranks of America’s military personnel. There can be no room for extremism of any kind in the ranks of the military.

A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, everything about LLoyd Austin’s career is impressive. It is also filled with many firsts as a black man. We hope that his tenure as SecDef is successful. He received a waiver to be eligible for the position as he had only retired five years ago, and a seven year cooling off position is required. Remember that retired General James Mattis received the same waiver and that didn’t go so well. Mattis thought he was the decider and wouldn’t take orders from the President. We will hope for Austin. The only things that really matter are our troops and their missions. Anything that disrupts the troops and their missions should be eliminated.

Here is his opening statement from his Confirmation Hearing:

I had never heard Secretary Austin speak before. He has a great command voice. Of course, that means nothing if he is an incompetent. Most of his opening statement is boilerplate. The portion relevant to the stand down order is:

“I will fight hard to stamp out sexual assault and to rid our ranks of racists and extremists and to create a climate where everyone fit and willing has the opportunity to serve this country with dignity,” he said. “The job of the Department of Defense is to keep America safe from our enemies, but we can’t do that if some of those enemies lie within our own ranks.”

It is understandable that Secretary Austin is sensitive to racism. He is a black man. While he was commanding the 2nd Battalion, 505th Infantry at Fort Bragg as a Lieutenant Colonel, three soldiers who were underground skinheads killed two pedestrians in Fayetteville, NC. These types of cretins cannot be tolerated in any organization, let alone one charged with protecting the Constitutional rights of all Americans. Secretary Austin has said the signs of the skinhead activities were there all along, but no one knew what to look for at the time. They learned.

That sounds much like the situation with Major Nidal Hassan and the killings at Fort Hood in 2009. There were signs of trouble with Hassan. People in his chain of command knew, and passed him along, for fear of being labeled Islamaphobic.

There should be no room in the military for an extremist of any stripe, religious or ideological. That being said, it must be asked how will they define extremist?

The National Guard troops who were called up to the Capitol ahead of the Inauguration were “vetted” for extremism. Twelve troops were sent home and two were pulled over fears of extremism:

“We’re, out of an abundance of caution, taking action and immediately removing them from the line of duty at the Capitol and the events taking place, and then we will address them—whether it’s through law enforcement, if necessary, or through their own chain of command,” outgoing Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Rath Hoffman said in his final Pentagon briefing.

Of the two troops sidelined due to potential extremist activity or ties, one was flagged by their command, and the other raised alarms during the FBI vetting process, Hoffman explained.

I will ask again, how is extremism being defined? In 2009, under the Obama Administration, the Department of Homeland Security defined extremists as “a pro-life person, or a states’ rights advocate, or one who is a supporter of enforcing the immigration laws”. In other words, someone who has read and supports the Constitution.

The military is using the January 6, 2021 Capitol breach to smear anyone who was there in Washington, D.C.. Now, if any military personnel on leave went through a broken window or caused any damage, prosecute them to the full extent of the law and get them gone from the military. If the personnel were in D.C. for the rally and marched to the Capitol steps, there is nothing in the Department of Defense Directive 1344.10 to prohibit that activity as long as they were not in uniform. Questioning the authenticity of the outcome of the election is not extremist. Democrats have done it for the last four years.

Retired Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon Press Secretary, explained:

News of the military-wide pause came in an announcement Wednesday from The Pentagon, with press secretary John Kirby describing the move to reporters as similar to stand downs that units have to do to address safety concerns.

Austin issued the order following a meeting about the issue with Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley, as well as service civilian leaders and service chiefs.

The group also discussed last month’s Capitol riot, Kirby said, noting the presence of veterans and active duty service members at the shocking scene. They left the meeting still uncertain of how to fully address the problem.

According to Kirby, the riot was “a wake-up call” for the entire department.

This is a tricky area for the military and Austin needs to tread carefully. Second Amendment supporters, pro-lifers and other Constitutional supporters are not extremists. Any member of a racist group of any race should be cashiered out as quickly as possible. On the other hand, a stand down order that disrupts training for any length of time or saps morale will be deleterious to the military as a whole. Some military personnel may decide that service is not worth it and resign. Let us pray that this isn’t a purge of white people or perceived as a purge of white people. This stand down needs a scalpel, not a Claymore.

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  • hobo says:

    Good article…
    Seems some of the the gangs in the military were not mentioned.
    A really old article that shows it’s been a problem for a long time.

    • Toni Williams says:

      My son dealt severely with gang members at both Bragg and Bliss. It is a fact. They need to get gone.


      • Cameron says:

        Okay, we have to hear at least one story. -:-)

      • TCHIOCK says:

        Remember the Minnesota Multi-phasic Exam (Sp?) that vetted potential nut cases? Nut cases protested, saying how unfair this test was to expose potential threats to others? Beautiful test used all over the country! Up jumps Satin — ACLU on the scene, and decided that a couple of lawyers knew better than the developers of MM, the rest of the country, and killed it. It was a G-d send and “Life saver” up to that point. We had left over Bum Jungles along RR tracks, Small town USA after depression and Insane asylums but no bums, homeless ,slept on the streets. History! ACLU again, saw to it the homeless did! What’s the answer ? Our duly and truly elected (by a land slide) and beloved POTUS , Sir Donald John Trump!
        Signed: Deplorable Jac

    • 370H55V says:

      Yes. No one wants to talk about that.

      They want whites out of the military? Well, every young white man should oblige them and see how safe the country will be then. No white male should ever serve in the military for a country that sees them as nothing more than cannon fodder for adventurism abroad and will abandon them if and when they make it home.

      And that goes for service in local enforcement as well. Let the urban hipsters and ghetto residents fend for themselves.

  • Scott says:

    You’re not wrong Toni, thing is, you can bet he’ll use obamas definition of extremists, and the only racists that’ll be tossed are the white ones.. Black / hispanic gang members, radical muslims, BLM / Antifa will all get a pass. This isn’t a pause, it’s a purge, making sure that anyone who would resist orders to fire on Americans, or follow other unconstitutional orders will be removed from the ranks…

    Don’t be surprised if the enlistment oath is changed, to remove that pesky line about defending the Constitution …

    • Scott says:

      Ohh, and the line in his speech about “those fit and willing”.. yeah, that’ll include “transgenders” that due to lifelong reliance on medications, etc. will NEVER be deployable, thereby shifting the burden to others … The harris administration has already made that perfectly clear…

  • GWB says:

    Stand Down Ordered By SecDef To Combat Extremism
    Oh, fer f***s sake.

    And I think that’s all I really need to say about this.

  • Jon Olekszyk says:

    Simple solution…political officers in all units. It worked for the Soviets, right?

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  • Eric Buhrer says:

    One can only hope this includes any who enable Antifa and BLM extremists, or extol the virtues of collectivist totalitarianism. This is, I fear, a forlorn hope. Members of the military must submit to a term of authoritarianism equal to their terms of service.

  • alanstorm says:

    “According to Kirby, the riot was “a wake-up call” for the entire department.”

    Did they wake up to the fact that “the presence of veterans and active duty service members” might be a sign that government itself is the problem?

  • Bucky says:

    Lloyd Austin beginning the process of re-molding the US military into a politically reliable force to suppress “unacceptable” elements of the population. Weed out the resisters and then indoctrinate the compliant ones who are left and will obey without question.

    Justice for Ashli Babbitt!

  • Skillyboo says:

    If he uses the Obama definition of extremism then we are watching the transition of a military that will be made up of people who would find no fault of taking up arms against American citizens deemed by the government to be extremist. Meaning White people with guns.

  • 45Forever says:

    Scott is 100% right. So is Skillyboo. Echo them. -Oh, that’s right, we’re not allowed to “echo” anything anymore since Parler is destroyed.

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  • Mary says:

    As a retired AF officer – I have no words to express my sadness at what is transpiring. I am white. I am female. I am pro-life and pro gun rights. I’d have been purged I suspect.

  • RANDY says:

    Lets see, I am white, pro life, GOD fearing, loving father, husband, and love my country, Believe the Constitution,
    Yup guess I am an extremist !

  • Vincent Scott says:

    Will the RED states follow Florida and bring their National Guard troops home and tell the Feds to go pack sand? The governor is Commander of his state National Guard. Think about this – All deer hunters who take to the field on the opening day of deer season number around 175-180 thousand. That is larger than many countries armed soldier count. The U.S. has about 478,000 soldiers and about 200,000 of them are stationed overseas. American citizens bought approximately 2 million weapons in Jan 2021. In a civil war the citizens will be the unconventional fighters against the set piece US Military. America won its independence from a set piece British Military with a citizen army with unconventional tactics. HISTORY WILL REPEAT ITSELF! MOLON LABE!

  • The order is for a one-day stand-down in the next 60 days. It is not a 60-day stand-down!

    • TEWS_Pilot says:

      The order from the Secretary of Defense calls for a 60 day stand down.
      Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Wednesday ordered U.S. military commanders at every single unit across the force to focus for the next 60 days on discussing extremism with service members.

      A 60 Day Service-Wide Stand Down to Address Extremism [by HIS definition]

  • TEWS_Pilot says:

    Given the Black Supremacist public record of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and his unambiguous statement that he intends to purge the military of Second Amendment supporters, pro-lifers and other Constitutional supporters, his intent is clear: purge the military of all White Christian Conservative Patriots and, as Congressman Matt Gaetz described it, ‘They Want to Build a Woke Military’…the purpose of the Biden regime’s purging of conservatives from the military is to reshape it to service the political left.

    “They want the military on their side, it is pure power politics,” he said. “They are going to use Jan. 6 as a justification” for their long-held goal to build a “woke military.”

    THIS is the kind of “extremist” the Leftists want to EXPUNGE from the U.S. military.

  • TKC says:

    It is a one-day stand-down within the next 60 days, not 60 days.

  • SirRider says:

    Everyone is forgetting that post Vietnam, a white officer or NCO could not walk into most barracks without a sidearm or a fellow soldier. The drug infected culture of the military was rampant and it sounds like that is what this new ultimate leader Austin desires. A minority only force that will willingly fire on and kill citizens on command of the civilian leadership.

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