The commanding officer of a squadron within the newly-formed U.S. Space Force drew the ire of his superiors after he self-published a book warning of Marxism in the military and then promoted that book on a podcast program.
Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier was then relieved of his command by his superior officer, ostensibly for violating the U.S. military’s prohibition against partisan political activity by active-duty members, the Washington Examiner reported.
In a statement to the Examiner, the Space Force said: “Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, Space Operations Command commander, relieved Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier of command of the 11th Space Warning Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, May 14, due to loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead.”
“This decision was based on public comments made by Lt. Col. Lohmeier in a recent podcast. Lt. Gen. Whiting has initiated a Command Directed Investigation (CDI) on whether these comments constituted prohibited partisan political activity,” the statement added.
Woke-ism and identity politics
It was only days earlier that Lohmeier published Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military, a book that, according to its description, covers the “impact of a neo-Marxist agenda” within the U.S. armed forces.
Specifically, it explores the national security implications of “woke ideology, cancel culture, identity politics, the Black Lives Matter movement, anti-racism, postmodernism, political correctness, and critical and cynical theories, to include critical race theory.”
Lohmeier then appeared on a podcast known as “Information Operation” to discuss the book and made comments during the discussion that were deemed critical of U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and other top officials, as well as the “diversity and inclusion” training programs that he purported were merely cover for the indoctrination of servicemembers with Marxist-based ideas.
Potential violation of DOD regulations
According to Military.com, Lt. Col. Lohmeier’s book and related podcast commentary may have violated Defense Department regulations, specifically DoD Directive 1344.10, which strictly limits the political activity of active-duty members.
Yet, as per Lohmeier, he appropriately consulted with his chain of command as well as the public affairs and legal counsel offices about the contents of his book and publishing plans prior to the book being released, and was told that additional review of the book was not required.
“My intent never has been to engage in partisan politics,” Lohmeier told Military.com. “I have written a book about a particular political ideology (Marxism) in the hope that our Defense Department might return to being politically non-partisan in the future as it has honorably done throughout history.”
We used to fight against Marxism
The situation is rather disconcerting, as it would appear that military members taking a public stand against Marxism and its offshoot ideologies — something the U.S. military spent decades fighting against — is now an inappropriate and unacceptable “partisan political activity” that servicemembers can be punished for engaging in.
Sadly, it now appears that leftist neo-Marxism has been so wholly embraced by the many in the ranks of U.S. military leadership that any voice of dissent must be squelched and persecuted.