Finally, someone from the high-ranking military started speaking out about critical race theory training.
According to a retired Marine general, the military’s critical race theory training will ultimately damage the US military’s ability to defend itself. It divides soldiers by race, reduces our “warfighting capabilities,” and raises the risk of “failure” on the battlefield.
Military leaders and civilian commanders who “value social engineering goals” over “meritocracy” and military preparation have been strongly criticized by Lieutenant General Greg Newbold (USMC, Ret.).
The retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Greg Newbold writing for military magazine Task and Purpose argued that critical race theory and related ideologies run counter to the “stone-cold pragmatism” needed to win conflicts.
“Wars must be waged only with stone-cold pragmatism, not idealism, and fought only when critical national interests are at stake,” he wrote.
“Hopes for changing cultures to fit our model are both elitist and naive. The failures of our campaigns in Iraq and especially in Afghanistan confirm this.”
Meanwhile, he added, the tenets of critical race theory, an extension of Marxist critical theory, can destroy unit cohesion.
Newbold, who retired in 2002 said, “A military force’s greatest strengths are cohesion and discipline,” “Individuality or group identity is corrosive and a centrifugal force. Indeed, the military wears uniforms because uniformity is essential.”
“The tenets of Critical Race Theory—a cross-disciplinary intellectual and social movement that seeks to examine the intersection of race and law in the United States, but which has the unfortunate effect of dividing people along racial lines—undermine our military’s unity and diminish our warfighting capabilities.”
The retired general said, If military leaders focus on differences and group identity, he added, it undermines “cohesion and morale.” After that, “failure results.”
“Values that are admirable in civilian society—sensitivity, individuality, compassion, and tolerance for the less capable—are often antithetical to the traits that deter a potential enemy and win the wars that must be fought: Conformity, discipline, unity,” Newbold said.
Read it here: Task and Purpose