Congress Killed a Study on Pentagon Extremism in 2017

Since the riot at the Capitol on January 6th, the US military has been very focused on “combatting extremism,” to the point that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin ordered the entire military to conduct a “stand down” on the topic of extremism.

However, few may remember that Congress killed an effort to require the military to study that very thing just a few years ago:

In a fascinating story that was apparently overwhelmed by other news events, US Rep Trent Franks (R-Az) had proposed an amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that would have required the US military to perform a “strategic assessment” on “violent or unorthodox Islamic religious doctrine.”

The amendment was defeated 208-217.

In the years prior to that bill, nearly two dozen attacks had been planned against the US military, including many by members of the US military – all motivated by their Islamic faith.

It seems people are only interested in talking about extremism if it’s the politically correct kind.

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