By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) A former U.S. Army officer who joined the military at the start of President Obama’s first term said in an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Monday that he saw it change over a period of eight years into a force more concerned with “social justice.”
“The Army that I joined during Barack Obama’s first term was nothing like the Army that I left at the end of his second,” Afghanistan War veteran James Hasson said.
“Social justice warriors imposed a progressive agenda on the military with no regard for the harm they caused to military readiness or national security,” Hasson noted further. “We’re still paying the price and the American people deserve to know.”
The former officer has written a book, “Stand Down: How Social Justice Warriors Are Sabotaging America’s Military,” in which he lays out his observations and concerns.
During the interview, Hasson also paraphrased former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who argued the social justice demands impose harms that will only become evident to our political class after the military fails in battle, which will be horrific.
He also referenced Obama’s undersecretary of Defense Brad Carson, who once said that his objective was to ensure the Department of Defense became “the nation’s most progressive employer.”
Hasson then discussed how such policies were implemented at the nation’s prestigious service schools like the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
“I think most Americans would be appalled to hear that at the Naval Academy, one of our premier institutions, there are safe space signs outside instructors’ doors, military and civilian, saying that the instructors have taken a sensitivity course called ‘Trans 101’ that is taught by contractors for Google,” Hasson said.
“The job of the military isn’t to be more woke than Apple or Google, it’s to defend us all by preparing to fight and win the nation’s wars,” he argued.
Hasson also noted that at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., instructors had to apologize for “microaggressions” against cadets. He then talked about an Army “gender integration study” and how it urged an end to “hyper-masculinity” in combat-arms units.
Finally, Hasson said the Obama regime lowered entrance and performance standards for women so they could go difficult military schools.
“After the first female soldiers graduated from Army Ranger school, a significant number of whistleblowers contacted Congressman Steve Russell from the House Armed Services Committee and told him that they had been pressured to pass the first candidates and that standards hadn’t been followed,” Hasson said.
“But the Obama DoD stonewalled Russell for months, refused to meet with him, and then told him that the documents that he had been requesting had mostly been shredded.”
Eventually, Hasson was able to obtain some of the documents proving that Ranger school standards were lowered.
“The Obama administration didn’t care,” Hasson said. “The Obama DOD wasn’t interested, because it didn’t fit the agenda that they wanted and they were happy to undermine the integrity of one of the military’s premier courses while doing so.”
The former Army captain also referenced five-star General Douglas MacArthur, who once intoned to the West Point Corps of Cadets in 1962:
Your mission remains fixed, determined, inviolable. It is to win our wars. Everything else in your professional career is but corollary to this vital dedication. All other public purpose, all other public projects, all other public needs, great or small, will find others for their accomplishments; but you are the ones who are trained to fight.
The Trump administration has been steadily moving away from the Obama-era PC military.
The Defense Department announced in March it would no longer allow anyone seeking to transition to the opposite gender (or those who have already done so) to enlist.
Also, those currently serving in the military will be barred from taking hormones or getting transition surgery, the Military Times reported.
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