This is so dangerous. To start down a road that could involve weeding people out of the military based on their political beliefs. That is what police states do.
From an opinion piece for Fox News by Jason Beardsley, executive director of the Association of the United States Navy:
A DOD definition of “extremism” will be a political definition, one that fits the Biden administration’s political point of view.
Once DOD defines “extremism,” it will be compelled to decide which groups fit that definition and ban membership in them. Here’s where the real danger begins. This will set up an endless chore for DOD – choosing which groups are so bad that affiliation with them will be seen as incompatible with military service. But it’s worse than that – it will create a new battleground for political disputes that will directly harm prospective service members. The list of “extremist” groups will swing wildly as DOD changes hands from Republican to Democratic control, or Democratic to Republican control . . .
Morale, as usual, will suffer. By making this a priority, DOD is wandering further away from the military’s core mission, which is to defeat the enemy in combat. Rather than focusing on the outside threats to America, DOD runs the risk of making an enemy of millions of Americans who pledged to defend the country.
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