May 17, 2021 – Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, a Space Force commander was fired for warning about creeping Marxism and Critical Race Theory (CRT) on a podcast appearance to promote his new book. Since his firing, his book has shot to the number 1 best-selling spot on Amazon in communism and socialism.
The U.S. Military used to fight against Communism and Marxism. In recent years, however, due to leftist institutional control, it has become politicized and weaponized.
The Daily Mail reports on his firing after he delivered the warning that should concern all Americans — the Military should be non-partisan:
A Space Force commander has been removed from his post after blasting diversity and inclusion training in the military as ‘critical race theory rooted in Marxism’.
Lt Col. Matthew Lohmeier appeared on a podcast to promote his new self published book when he made the comments which led to a ‘loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead’, according to a statement from the Space Force.
Lohmeier said: ‘The diversity, inclusion and equity industry and the trainings we are receiving in the military…is rooted in critical race theory, which is rooted in Marxism.
‘Since taking command as a commander about 10 months ago, I saw what I consider fundamentally incompatible and competing narratives of what America was, is and should be.
‘That wasn’t just prolific in social media, or throughout the country during this past year, but it was spreading throughout the United States military. And I had recognized those narratives as being Marxist in nature.’
He described the the New York Times 1619 Project as ‘anti-American’, adding: ‘It teaches intensive teaching that I heard at my base – that at the time the country ratified the United States Constitution, it codified white supremacy as the law of the land.
‘If you want to disagree with that, then you start (being) labeled all manner of things including racist.’
A spokesperson told The Military Times: ‘This decision was based on public comments made by Lt. Col. Lohmeier in a recent podcast.
‘Lt. Gen. Whiting has initiated a Command Directed Investigation on whether these comments constituted prohibited partisan political activity.’
Lohmeier, a former fighter pilot, had been the commander of 11th Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base Colorado.
In November last year he received a Thanksgiving call from President Donald Trump after joining the Space Force the previous month.
Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, the head of Space Operations Command, is understood have removed him from his role Friday.
It is not clear what temporary role Lohmeier will fill during the investigation or if he could face any consequences beyond being removed from his command post. DailyMail.com has contacted the Space Force for additional comment.
Lohmeier told The Washington Examiner: ‘What you see happening in the U.S. military at the moment is that if you’re a conservative, then you’re lumped into a group of people who are labeled extremists, if you’re willing to voice your views.
‘And if you’re aligned with the Left, then it’s OK to be an activist online because no one’s gonna hold you accountable.’
He said active service members have written to thank him for his comments ‘because we don’t have a voice anymore’.
A Space Force spokesman told The Washington Examiner: ‘Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, Space Operations Command commander, relieved Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier of command of the 11th Space Warning Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, May 14, due to loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead.’
Members of the military are allowed to express their personal opinions when not in uniform but are prohibited from ‘partisan political activity’.
Critical race theory claims to highlight how historical inequities and racism continue to shape public policy and social conditions today.
Those who are against it say people are being indoctrinated into thinking that white people are inherently racist and that it reduces people to the categories of ‘privileged’ or ‘oppressed’ based on their skin color.
The issue has become one of the frontline skirmishes in the country’s culture wars in the wake of last year’s Black Lives Matter protests.
Lohmeier had said of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s diversity and inclusion program: ‘I don’t demonize the man, but I want to make it clear to both him and every service member this agenda — it will divide us. It will not unify us.’
Austin in February ordered military leaders to spend time talking to their troops about extremism in the ranks.
Chief Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said then that while extremism has been a problem in the military in the past, the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, which left five people dead, was a ‘wake-up call’ for military leaders. He said that Austin wants to get a better handle on the breadth of the problem.
Lohmeier’s book Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military looks at the ‘impact of a neo-Marxist agenda’ on American security.
He has said he discussed the book with his superiors prior to writing it.
In an email to The Military Times Lohmeier said: ‘My intent never has been to engage in partisan politics.
‘I have written a book about a particular political ideology (Marxism) in the hope that our Defense Department might return to being politically non-partisan in the future as it has honorably done throughout history.’ – Daily Mail
Why hasn’t the Military initiated investigations into the active-duty members, including a Space Force general who attacked Tucker Carlson in a clearly partisan, political manner?
"Senior military officials and The Pentagon have called out Fox News host Tucker Carlson for a statement he made about women in the military. When the military condemns a private citizen for free speech, how much longer will free speech exist?"https://t.co/yUikZG52oW
— iVoteAmerica® (@iVoteAmerica) March 14, 2021
There was no investigation into this unprecedented attack on an American journalist, yet when someone brings up that the Military is becoming political and partisan, he was immediately fired and an investigation was launched.
Military.com, a publication that is not connected to the U.S. Military and is very liberal reports on the firing of Lohmeirer and claims that he could have violated some vague NDA or federal code:
Lohmeier sat down last week with L. Todd Wood of the podcast ‘Information Operation,’ hosted by Creative Destruction, or CD, Media, to promote the book. He spoke about U.S. institutions, including universities, media and federal agencies including the military, that he said are increasingly adopting leftist practices. These practices — such as diversity and inclusion training — are the systemic cause for the divisive climate across America today, he said.
From his perspective as a commander, Lohmeier said he didn’t seek to criticize any particular senior leader or publicly identify troops within the book. Rather, he said, he focused on the policies service members now have to adhere to to align with certain agendas ‘that are now affecting our culture.’
Regarding Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, he said, ‘I don’t demonize the man, but I want to make it clear to both him and every service member this [diversity and inclusion] agenda, it will divide us, it will not unify us.’
Austin on Feb. 5 ordered all military services to observe one-day stand-down on extremism in the ranks. As part of his stand-down, Lohmeier said, he was given a booklet that cited the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol as an example of extremism, but did not mention the civil disobedience and destruction of property that took place following the death of George Floyd, a Black man, at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis last May.
He also took issue with ‘the Pentagon spokesperson,’ seeming to allude to Press Secretary John Kirby. Lohmeier claimed Kirby said ‘there are too many white pilots,’ amid an ever-increasing pilot shortage.
‘If you want to provide that kind of messaging to your already struggling pilot force, you can already expect to see further retention problems,’ he said.
In a statement Friday, Kirby denied ever saying such a thing about a surplus of white pilots, and pointed to Austin’s comments made last week during his first press conference about the importance of increased diversity programs.
There are Defense Department policies that spell out all the nuanced do’s and don’ts surrounding politics or political discourse for active-duty service members, said Jim Golby, a senior fellow at Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin who specializes in civil-military relations and military strategy.
For a self-published work, policies that may apply include DoD Directive 1344.10 and associated guidelines discussing political activity in uniform. According to the services’ standards, personnel may express their views freely, but they are still expected to uphold their branch’s core values both on and off duty.
‘Those are fairly broad and would not prevent publication, but might impose some minor limitations on content,’ Golby said Friday. Also, policies associated with a service member’s security clearance or policy-related access, are usually covered by an Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) or a clearance read-in agreement, Golby said. – Military.com
There is proof that the Military has already become a partisan political tool of the Left, including the latest announcement that it is going to “fight climate change.”
Defense One reports about a U.S. Military funded tool to “detect” and “fight” sarcasm online using A.I., once again another leftist agenda:
A new AI tool funded in part by the U.S. military has proven adept at a task that has traditionally been very difficult for computer programs: detecting the human art of sarcasm. It could help intelligence officers or agencies better apply artificial intelligence to trend analysis by avoiding social media posts that aren’t serious.
Certain words in specific combinations can be a predictable indicator of sarcasm in a social media post, even if there isn’t much other context, two researchers from the University of Central Florida noted in a March paper in the journal Entropy.
Using a variety of datasets of posts from Twitter, Reddit, various dialogues and even headlines from The Onion, Garibay and his colleague Ramya Akula mapped out how some key words relate to other words. ‘For instance, words such as ‘just’, ‘again’, ‘totally’, ‘!’, have darker edges connecting them with every other word in a sentence. These are the words in the sentence that hint at sarcasm and, as expected, these receive higher attention than others,’ they write.
The method relies on what the researchers refer to as a self-attention architecture, a method for training complex artificial intelligence programs called neural networks to give more weight to some words than to others, depending what other words appear nearby and what the program is tasked to do.
‘Attention is a mechanism to discover patterns in the input that are crucial for solving the given task. In deep learning, self-attention is an attention mechanism for sequences, which helps learn the task-specific relationship between different elements of a given sequence to produce a better sequence representation’ Ivan Garibay, one of the researchers, told Defense One. (The concept originally goes back to a paper by a German and Canadian researcher from 2016.)
Detecting sarcasm with algorithms may not seem to have much military relevance but consider how much more time people spend online than just a few years ago. Also consider the growing role of open-source intelligence, like social media posts, in helping the military to understand what’s happening in key areas where they might be operating. The work was supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, through a program called Computational Simulation of Online Social Behavior. The program seeks a ‘deeper and more quantitative understanding of adversaries’ use of the global information environment than is currently possible using existing approaches.’
It’s not the first time researchers have tried to use machine learning or artificial intelligence to detect sarcasm in short pieces of text, like social media posts. But the method improves on previous efforts, many of which were based on training algorithms to search for too many very specific cues handpicked by the researchers, like words suggesting specific emotions or even emojis. That resulted in the algorithm missing many instances of sarcasm that didn’t have those features. – Defense One
While they claim this is for fighting “adversaries” online, how might this same ploy be used against American citizens? With the Military being increasingly left-leaning and ideological, this sort of thing is very concerning.
Our country is so f*cking screwed. pic.twitter.com/x4fgguISoR
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) May 13, 2021
Further illustrating this point, the latest U.S. Military recruitment video is radical, featured a recruit who has “two moms” and is filled with far-Left buzzwords about “diversity and inclusion” designed to appeal to Marxists.
This is all happening at a time when the CIA is making overtly political videos called “humans of the CIA” that feature woke, Marxist, intersectional feminist talking points. Every institution, including West Point Academy, the Pentagon, and the U.S. Military have become political and partisan, violating their own rules and mission.