Still outraged by Fox News host Tucker Carlson contrasting of China’s push for a “more masculine” military against the U.S. military’s focus on inclusivity for women, an official Marine Corps account and other military officials attacked Carlson throughout the weekend.
The controversy comes as a previously classified war game conducted by the Air Force shows the U.S. losing a military to conflict to China.
The Marines’ tweet read (it has since been deleted) “What it looks like in today’s armed forces @TuckerCarlson. Get right before you get left, boomer.” The post included female Marines and a host of hashtags celebrating women Marines.
Michael Grinston, the Army’s senior enlisted leader, tweeted, “Women lead our most lethal units with character. They will dominate ANY future battlefield we’re called to fight on.”
“@TuckerCarlson’s words are divisive, don’t reflect our values,” he added. “We have THE MOST professional, educated, agile, and strongest NCO Corps in the world.”
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Gen. Paul E. Funk II, the Army’s commander for its Training and Doctrine Command, tweeted, “Let’s be clear…women make our military stronger.”
The tweets kept coming in the wake of Carlson’s segment.
The most direct official military comments came from the II Marines Expeditionary Force, which later apologized.
While many of the tweets have been deleted, journalist Jack Posobiec – a former Navy lieutenant who worked in the Office of NAval Intelligence, saved them:
Perhaps realizing that it’s not the role of official military figures to wade into politics and attack journalists, the group eventually apologized after deleting the incriminating comments:
The official account of Army Counterintelligence sent out a series of tweets:
They wanted to be clear that “diversity is their strength”:
Many conservatives found the political attacks by official military figures disturbing.
Marine Jessie Jane Duff wanted answers:
The aforementioned Posobiec weighed in on the political nature of the attacks on Carlson:
Senator Ted Cruz found the political comments and targeting of a journalist disturbing enough to demand a meeting with the Marines:
While most focused on Carlson’s criticism of the U.S. military and women’s role in it, they seemed to miss his comparison of American attitudes to those of China when it comes to their military.
“So we’ve got new hairstyles and maternity flight suits,” Carlson said on his program on Tuesday. “Pregnant women are going to fight our wars.”
“It’s a mockery of the U.S. military,” he continued. “While China’s military becomes more masculine as it’s assembled the world’s largest navy, our military needs to become — as Joe Biden says — more feminine, whatever feminine means anymore, since men and women no longer exist.”
The day after Carlson’s controversial segment, Yahoo News ran a story on Wednesday titled, “‘We’re going to lose fast’: U.S. Air Force held a war game that started with a Chinese biological attack.”
The report was about a previously classified simulated conflict conducted by the U.S. Air Force in the fall that was supposed to represent the kind of U.S.-China military clash that could happen in the future, or about a decade from now.
The simulated conflict “began with a Chinese biological-weapon attack that swept through U.S. bases and warships in the Indo-Pacific region. Then a major Chinese military exercise was used as cover for the deployment of a massive invasion force.”
Yahoo News noted, “The simulation culminated with Chinese missile strikes raining down on U.S. bases and warships in the region, and a lightning air and amphibious assault on the island of Taiwan.”
“The highly classified war game, which has not been previously made public, took place less than a year after the coronavirus, reportedly originating in a Chinese market, spread to the crew of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier, taking one of the U.S. Navy’s most significant assets out of commission,” Yahoo News reported.
This was just the simulated conflict. China has been flexing its military muscle in a few ways.
Yahoo News continued, “Then in September in the midst of the war game, actual Chinese combat aircraft intentionally flew over the rarely crossed median line in the Taiwan Strait in the direction of Taipei an unprecedented 40 times and conducted simulated attacks on the island that Taiwan’s premier called ‘disturbing.”
“Amid those provocations, China’s air force released a video showing a bomber capable of carrying nuclear weapons carrying out a simulated attack on Andersen Air Force Base on the U.S. Pacific island of Guam,” the report added. “
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China also sent a message right after Biden entered the White House.
Yahoo News reported, “In case the new U.S. administration failed to get the intended message behind all that provocative military activity, four days after President Biden took office, a large force of Chinese bombers and fighters flew past Taiwan and launched simulated missile attacks on the USS Roosevelt carrier strike group as it was sailing in international waters in the South China Sea.”
Air Force Lt. Gen. S. Clinton Hinote, deputy chief of staff for strategy, integration and requirements, told Yahoo News about his observations of war games activity in recent years, “At that point the trend in our war games was not just that we were losing, but we were losing faster.”
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