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In SOCOM Intersectionality, I wrote about the appointment of the first ever “Diversity and Inclusion Chief” in SOCOM, our military’s Special Operations Command, the unit responsible for our SEALS, Delta Force, Air Force and Marine special operators and others.  SOCOM is now “investigating” the new chief’s particularly nasty and non-diverse and inclusive social media presence, but rational people know diversity and inclusion only work one way.  I linked to the transcript of Tucker Carlson’s March 26, 2021 show, where he discussed that issue, and others, such as:

A man called Ramon Colon-Lopez was called in to tell the troops why they were wrong. Colon-Lopez is the Senior Enlisted Adviser to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. These questions, he conceded, are ‘coming from every echelon that we’re talking to. Some people may think that, ‘All right, so the events of 6 January happened. How come you’re not looking at the situation that was going on in Seattle prior to that?’’

Yeah, exactly. Kind of an obvious question. Well Ramón Colón-López has an answer. Actually, it’s more of a threat.

‘I am concerned about the way that some people are looking at the current environment and what they are thinking, they can do and act upon based on their personal beliefs,’ he said.

In other words, if you ask questions like these obvious ones, you are, by definition, dangerous.

I’m sure you, gentle readers, would be concerned if our military members, officer and enlisted, weren’t asking that kind of question.  But not the woke leadership of our contemporary military:

Colón-López said he was working hard to, ‘make sure that military members understand the difference between Seattle and Washington, D.C.’ What are those differences exactly? Here’s one: BLM, he explained, is a, ‘social injustice organization,’ and therefore not extreme. Also, ‘When the military was called upon to go ahead and support an effort [in Washington], we did. We never got called for the law enforcement issue that was happening in Seattle.’

Oh. So the mayor of Seattle never called the National Guard to put down Antifa. Therefore, Antifa isn’t an extremist organization. That’s ludicrous, obviously. In fact, it’s not even true. In fact, the National Guard did deploy to Seattle during the riots last year. But whatever. Colón-López’s job isn’t to make sense. It was to send a political message from the Biden Administration: we’re in charge now.

Colón-López, due to his advisory position, is the senior enlisted man in our armed forces—all of them.  He’s a Pararescueman, among the elite of USAF combat forces.  His service record appears to be genuinely high speed, low drag—truly distinguished, but of what use is that kind of combat record if he has sold out to the forces of woke, forces used and manipulated by our enemies?  Forces bent on the destruction of the Constitution and America?  For Colón-López’s benefit, I’ll explain the difference between January 6 and what happened, and continues to happen in Seattle and elsewhere.  On January 6, mostly Normal Americans when to the capital to make their petitions peacefully heard.  There were a small number of anarchists, almost certainly people manipulated, or at least used, by Congressional D/S/Cs to their advantage to attack normal, honorable Americans.  For a few hours, they disrupted the operations of the Congress and did a little damage, then they left.  Their worst crime was they dared come to the workplace of our self-imagined elite, and some got rowdy.  The Congress, after a few hours, was able to go about its business.

Not so in Seattle and elsewhere, where Antifa and BLM, whose leaders have proclaimed themselves trained Marxists, and whose organizations seek the violent destruction of the Constitution and America, have caused billions in damage, destroyed the businesses and livelihoods of thousands of honorable Americans who wanted nothing more than to be left alone.  They’ve committed arson, assaulted hundreds of police officers, even committed multiple murders.  In those cities, with the willing glee of city “leaders,” they’ve destroyed the rule of law and made those places all but unlivable, a process of crime and sedition that continues today.

SEAC Colón-López, the problem isn’t that AF troops don’t understand the difference, it’s that you don’t, or you’re pretending you don’t.  I’m not sure which is worse or more destructive to America and the Constitution you swore to uphold and protect.  Carlson continues:

Just last month, Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, the commander of the Air Force Education and Training Command, made it explicit. He acknowledged that the Air Force was recruiting candidates with a private pilot’s license. That might seem like a wise course — flying planes is what the Air Force does –but to Lt. Gen Brad Webb, no, that’s systemic racism:

‘LT. GEN. BRAD WEBB: One of the other areas in line with that has been aptitude tests. In fact, the chief mentioned that one as well in his talk the other day. But we are deep underway, updating pilot tests and also officer candidate tests that, at its root, you know, you get a weighted score … if you have a private pilot license. Well, that’s a socioeconomic influencer. In other words, if you’re rich enough to afford to have private pilot time, you can get a license. That ought not be weighted in such a way that you exclude, you know, various ethnic groups.’

It’s hard to express how alarming this is.  USAF pilots have, until now, been among the most stringently vetted people in our military.  They need, at minimum a bachelor’s degree, and get positive points for degrees, including advanced degrees, in aeronautical engineering, hard sciences, math and related fields.  They must be in top physical condition, able to withstand the stresses of high-g flight, and they must be unusually psychologically stable.  Obviously, anyone with a civilian pilot’s license should, if they qualify in every other way, get preference.  That training will help lower costs and training time, and should check a number of vetting boxes.  Pilots are, with some exceptions, officers, and even after their initial vetting, some don’t make it through Officer training school, and more fail pilot training.  No one incapable of high-level math is going to pass pilot training, and our schools aren’t turning out many of those.  No race is denied the opportunity to qualify for these slots, and no woman is denied–by regulation and law.

How exactly does General Webb plan to ensure the right—left–gendered and colored people become pilots?  There is only one way: dramatically dumb down or falsify qualifications.  Back to Carlson:

In October, the head of Air Force recruiting office, Major General Ed Thomas, published a piece on Yahoo entitled, ‘86% of Air Force pilots are [W]hite men. Here’s why this needs to change.’

You have to wonder what the families of the thousands of American White pilots who have died defending this country over the last hundred years think of that. Ed Thomas wants them to know their husbands and fathers and sons shouldn’t have been flying in the first place, because they were the wrong color.

We called Ed Thomas after his piece came out to ask about this, and he was kind enough to talk to us. We had a long conversation, but he never explained the only thing that matters: How his race-mongering was supposed to make the country safer. He obviously didn’t care. He clearly hadn’t even thought about it. How did someone like that get power in the U.S. military? There are a lot of generals like that.

I’m sure, like me, gentle readers, you’d be good with the change General Thomas seeks if it can be done by replacing some of those dangerous white supremacists with equally qualified and capable non-white supremacists.  Unfortunately, considering no one is denied the opportunity, we’re back to General Webb’s “solution.”  This is from the Yahoo linked piece:

Before I even took command of my service’s recruiting efforts this spring, Air Force leadership made it clear to me that improving diversity would be on the top of my to-do list. And recent national events only serve as an accelerant as we take aim and tackle this vexing issue.

Pentagon leaders didn’t need to explain the why, although Gen. David Goldfein, our former chief of staff, did that in calling diversity ‘a war-fighting imperative.’ It’s been clear for some time that our progress in better reflecting the society we serve has been too slow.

That should scare the hell out of all of us, gentle readers.  Racial and gender quotas are “a war-fighting imperative.”  No, No, No!  Fighting and winning wars requires the absolute best, most capable war fighters.  If not, untold numbers of Americans die unnecessarily, and America may fall.  Gender and race are irrelevant—they must be–but not anymore.  General Thomas again:

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., the first African-American to lead any branch of the military, has called on us to accelerate change or risk losing ground to Russia and China, both of which are integrating potential game-changing technologies like artificial intelligence and hypersonic flight. We need both the best technologies and the best people to win. Improving our diversity falls squarely in Brown’s mandate.

My God.  China has implemented a program to masculinize its military.  It is actively experimenting with genetic manipulation to produce “super soldiers.”  And these dimwits wearing stars think we’ll lose ground to our enemies if we don’t fill the ranks of our pilots with people whose primary qualification is their gender or skin color!?  In case anyone doubts my respect for truly qualified and capable people of the sort about which Thomas speaks, go here, and here. Back to Thomas:

The competition to attract the best and brightest recruits is getting tougher all the time, and our connection with society grows more fragile every day. Survey data shows that only one-quarter of American youth between the ages of 17 and 24 are qualified for military service for a variety of reasons, which include aptitude, chronic health conditions, obesity or drug use. The pool is ever shrinking: In 1995, 40 percent of Americans ages 16 to 24 had a parent who served in the armed forces. Today that number is 15 percent. The result is that only about 1 in 10 young Americans say they are interested in serving in the military.

We simply can no longer afford for significant segments of our society to be underrepresented in our U.S. Air Force or our newest branch, the U.S. Space Force.

Uh-huh.  So the solution is to lower standards to include unqualified members of a dwindling pool of candidates?  Regular readers know how concerned I am with too many of our failing public schools.  We’re more concerned with making our war fighters look like a woke hallucination of America than finding those that will fight like Americans have historically fought when allowed to win?

While we are meeting or exceeding nearly all demographic targets in our enlisted ranks, inside our cockpits is where we have the greatest disparities and opportunities for improvement. In all, 86 percent of our aviators are white males. Less than 3 percent of our fighter pilots are females. This is why we established a detachment within Air Force recruiting two years ago charged with improving diversity for those who wear flight suits. The mission of Detachment 1 is to bring a singular focus to recruiting qualified women and minorities who have not always felt they belonged.

Our goal is to get in front of every demographic group in America and show them someone who wears a flight suit every day they can look up to and say, ‘That could be me.’

Yes it could, if they have the character, determination, and drive necessary to meet the actual qualifications of a pilot.  These are the kinds of kids who, at a young age, are determined to fly, so they study hard, excel in everything they do, and single-mindedly pursue their goals.  If they don’t have those qualities, they’re not going to have the education in STEM disciplines, and they’re surely not going to work three jobs to pay for a pilot’s license and flight time, not that a pilot’s license and experience will matter if they’re white, and particularly, male.

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Our pilots are flying the most advanced aircraft ever to take to the skies, and one day, they’ll be flying the most advanced spacecraft.  The abilities necessary for piloting those machines are ever increasing, not decreasing to meet gender and racial quotas–for now.  People like Webb and Thomas are building a self-perpetuating cycle of destruction.  When truly qualified candidates can’t get a slot because they’re white or male, that kind of lunacy is not going to be lost on the enlisted and non-piloting ranks of the Air Force, which is most of the force.  Why join an organization that will deny you promotion because you’re capable, white and male?  Why join a military branch where you know among the least capable people are going to be in positions of command over you, the kinds of people that are going to get you seriously dead in real combat, which you won’t be prepared for in any case because you’re too busy being force fed Critical Race Theory rather than actually training?  And of course, the money for simulators, weapons, ammunition, parts and fuel will be spent on diversity, inclusion and fighting climate change anyway.

Obama’s emptying of the ranks of military leadership of war fighters is bearing social justice fruit.  Joe Biden—actually his handlers—learned that lesson well.  The true best and brightest considering military careers are also learning it, all too well, and running as fast as they can in the opposite direction.

Our enemies are learning too–and fast, very fast–and this isn’t going to end well, for America, western civilization, or the world.