CNN: DOD Quietly Tones Down Its Anti-Extremism Efforts

May 22, 2023

The Pentagon seems to have largely abandoned its efforts to combat extremism in the military, CNN reported Saturday, citing unnamed sources.

DOD’s Countering Extremism Working Group made six recommendations at the end of 2021, and only one of those has been implemented. CNN reported that “senior officials folded under political pressure from Republicans who lashed out at the initiative as an example of so-called wokeism in the military.”

Another struggle was the Pentagon’s difficulty in defining extremism.

“It’s like saying something is bad but not being able to say what’s bad in the first place,” one official said.

Army National Guard photo by Maj. William Carraway

May 22, 2023

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