Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) said joining the military “is like throwing your life away” with President Joe Biden as Commander-in-Chief.
During an appearance on former Fox News host Lou Dobbs’ podcast last week, Greene slammed the Biden administration’s “woke” training and vaccine mandate, as reported by Newsweek.
“Can you imagine explaining to a recruit, you’re gonna be just fine, just like those Marines in Kabul,” Dobbs said, referring to the 13 American troops who were killed during Biden’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan. “We may not have time to come back and get you. But you know, it’ll work out all right […] We’re going to fight a third world country for two decades and walk out with our tail between our legs.”
“Who in his or her right mind would say ‘sign me up for that, Sarge?’” Dobbs asked.
Greene responded, “Not my son and I know a lot of young people don’t want to have anything to do with that. It’s like throwing your life away.”
“Not to mention how they’ve been forced to take the vaccine and the ones that didn’t want to take it have been discharged,” Greene added. “Who wants to be treated that way?”
Greene lamented the U.S. military’s approach to combat that leaves American troops “shot at, killed and maimed” before they’re allowed to defend themselves.
“It’s a disaster from the top down and the bottom up,” she continued. “We can add in the training, the woke training, where they have to undergo this ridiculous ideology of the sick and satanic left.”
Nick Dyer, Greene’s spokesman, told Newsweek that the congresswoman was “calling it like she sees it.”
Greene’s comments come just days after the United States Army admitted that it is struggling to recruit new soldiers to the service, and that it is reducing the size of the force by thousands of troops, making the Army the smallest it’s been since World War II.
“We’re facing, obviously, some challenging conditions in terms of our ability to recruit and attract talent,” Under Secretary of the Army Gabe Camarillo said at a press conference, blaming the “labor market” for the dwindling numbers. “What we’re just seeing is given the particular conditions of a very tight labor market, our ability to meet all of our projected recruiting goals were a little bit challenged in FY ’22 and FY ’23.”
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Thomas Spoehr, director of the Heritage Foundation’s Center for National Defense, told Breitbart News that many Americans are choosing not to enlist due to “a perfect storm” of situations, including the Biden administration’s deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan and the perception that the military is being politicized while pushing a “woke” agenda.