[December 3, 2021] FUBAR? Can you learn anything from today’s military? As the American people rapidly lose confidence in our military, America’s senior-most Generals and Admirals are doubling down on policies that have nothing to do with warfighting. We Americans “see” what’s happening, and we don’t like it.
Is it even worth it for young people to join the U.S. military today? That is the question that nobody can genuinely answer and is linked to our declining confidence. At least nobody has an answer that has any depth of knowledge about an ordinary Soldier, Sailor, Marine, Airman, Coastie, Reservist, or Guardsman.
A recent survey published Wednesday noted that confidence in the U.S. military is declining across all demographics and political affiliations. While we have lost confidence in all major institutions, the military’s fall has been most dramatic and without precedent. Why?
The biggest reason people cite for their loss of confidence is poor political leadership at the top, the President, Congress, and the politicization of top military brass. For example, only 40% of respondents were confident the military could act in a “professional and non-political manner.” Shocking!
Department of Defense leadership diversity and inclusion efforts and our disastrous retreat from Afghanistan come under the greatest fire. President Joe Biden, according to nearly all of those responding blame him and specifically his “poor judgment.”
Americans no longer think our military can either deter war or win a war if ordered to go to war. That alone is a dreadful finding. They place the blame squarely on the shoulders of our leadership and failure to prioritize military and biological threats from China.
Can you learn anything from today’s military? Yes, but it is not good.
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