New Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has ordered a 60-day stand-down to address “extremism” in the ranks of the US military. Toni Williams at the Victory Girls blog has more background, and makes some excellent points.
For instance, if this is intended to root out genuine extremists, such as Major Nidal Hassan, the Fort Hood mass shooter, and other dangerous characters of all stripes, then it should be applauded. If it’s an attempt to redefine “extremism” to mean pro-lifers, Trump voters, Second Amendment supporters and other law-abiding conservatives, then it will be an unconstitutional witch hunt and an unconscionable slander of America’s troops.
I will try to be hopeful that it’s the former. But considering how Hassan’s growing extremism was deliberately overlooked for fear of accusations of “Islamophobia” and how the Obama/Biden Administration tried to pass his deadly, radical Islamic terrorist attack off as “workplace violence,” I will have to be convinced.