During a House Armed Services hearing, U.S. Republican Representative Matt Gaetz snapped into United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, accusing the Pentagon of being more concerned on “wokeism” rather than U.S. defense.
According to a partial transcript, this took place this week on Tuesday when Rep. Gaetz stated that the U.S. was behind on hypersonic technology and had made horribly inaccurate judgments during U.S. conflicts in Afghanistan and Russia whereas the pentagon was rather more focused on gender pronouns and socialism.
In a documented transcript U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz can be seen discussing. Lloyd Austin said, “So your question was whether or not – ” and Matt Gaetz responded by saying, “I control the time. You guys have been blowing a lot of calls lately on matters of strategy, Mr… Secretary. You guys told us that Russia couldn’t lose, that the Taliban couldn’t immediately win. I guess I’m wondering, what about the $773 billion that you’re requesting today is going to help you make assessments that are accurate in the face of so many blown calls?”
Lloyd Austin Responded by saying, “You’ve seen what’s in our budget, you’ve seen how the budget matches the strategy, and so I’ll let that speak for itself.” Gaetz responded back by saying, “I mean, I’ve also seen that we’re behind in hypersonics, we failed to deter Russia.”
Austin quickly responded saying, “What do you mean, we’re behind in hypersonics?” Gaetz said, “Who is ahead in hypersonics?” Austin said, “How do you make that assessment?”
Gaetz, “I don’t know. I make that assessment because China is fielding hypersonic weapon systems and we are still developing them. I make that assessment because Russia – by the way, your own people brief us that we are behind, and that China is winning. Are you aware of the briefings we get on hypersonics?” Austin said, “I am certainly aware of briefings we provide to Congress.”
Gaetz said, “It’s all over the world. It’s in Taiwan where China flew more than ever before, it’s North Korea on pace to shatter prior records, the number of missiles they are testing. While everyone else in the world seems to be developing capabilities and being more strategic, we’ve got time to embrace Critical Race Theory at west point, to do mandatory pronoun training.”
Austin said, “You know, again, this is the most capable, the most combat critical force in the world. It has been and it will be so going forward.” Gaetz said, “Not if we continue down this path.” Austin said, “The fact that you’re embarrassed by your country – “
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Gaetz responded hastily saying, “I’m embarrassed by your relationship. I am not embarrassed for my country. I wish we weren’t losing to China.” Austin said, “That’s what you’re saying.”
Gaetz said, “That is so disgraceful that you would sit here and conflate your failures with the failures of the uniform service members. You guys said that Russia would overrun Ukraine in 36 days. You said that the Taliban would be kept at bay for months. You totally blew those calls. And maybe we would be better at home if The National defense university actually worked a little more on strategy and a little less on wokeism.”
Austin responded by saying, “Has it occurred to you that Russia has not overrun Ukraine because what we’ve seen and our allies have done.”
These remarks came months after the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at National Defense University conducted an event titled “Responding to China: The Case For Global Justice and Democratic Socialism,” according to the university’s website.
“The event will be held February 16, 2022, from 1200-1300, on the Strategic Multilayer Assessment platform and is open to the public. An access link will be posted the week of the event,” it said.
“A French economist who is Professor of Economics at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Associate Chair at the Paris School of Economics, and Centennial Professor of Economics in the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics,” according to the university bio. ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’ (2013) and ‘Capital and Ideology’ (2020) are two books by Piketty.
“Western nations are still grappling to define their stance toward the Beijing dictatorship,” according to the event’s synopsis on the school’s website.
Thomas Piketty will argue in this address on February 22, 2022 that the proper approach is to eliminate Western hubris and promote a new global emancipatory and egalitarian horizon, a new type of democratic and participative, ecological, and post-colonial socialism.
Western countries may find it exceedingly difficult to confront the Chinese challenge if they maintain their normal lecturing stance and an antiquated hyper-capitalist model.”