Right-wing attacks are eroding trust in the armed forces explains Robert Ralston, Grand Strategy, Security, and Statecraft Fellow, at the MIT Security Studies Program. Ralson co-authored this piece with Ronald A Krebs, professor of political science at the University of Minnesota.
Conservative American pundits and politicians have found a surprising new punching bag: the “woke” US military. “Anti-American indoctrination [is] seeping into parts of our military,” Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, railed in a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee in June. “Holy crap,” Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, tweeted in May in response to a recruitment ad showcasing the US Army’s diversity. “Perhaps a woke, emasculated military is not the best idea.” The article is available here in Foreign Affairs.