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Rep. Crenshaw Ridiculed For Military Whistleblower Campaign

Given his military experience, you would think that Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Tex.) would have been ready for this. The former Navy Seal, demonstrating that he’s a Republican first and a veteran second, on Friday launched an online platform soliciting active duty service members to submit whistleblower complaints about liberal policies in the armed forces.

“We won’t let our military fall to woke ideology,” Crenshaw said Friday on Twitter. “For too long, progressive Pentagon staffers have been calling the shots for our warfighters, and spineless military commanders have let it happen. Now we are going to expose you.”

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), also a veteran, joined in. It’s part of a new Republican attack on Defense Department leaders that was prompted by military policy changes that focus on weeding out extremist troops and removing barriers that have held back women. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) recently referred to an “emasculated military.”

Crenshaw solicitation almost immediately was deluged with a flood of fake, satirical claims that ridiculed his initiative. Many of the responses posted to Twitter were pulled directly from popular military movies and books, including “The Caine Mutiny,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “M.A.S.H.” and “A Few Good Men.”

One complaint description, taken directly from the comedy spoof movie “Stripes,” lamented that “My Sgt referred to me as Francis even after I VERY SPECIFICALLY ASKED NOT TO BE ADDRESSED THAT WAY. I’m pretty sure our battle tank is actually an RV. This is not a way to maintain military discipline.”

Peter Lucier served in Afghanistan and went with a “Starship Troopers” theme for his submission. The Marine Corps veteran indicated that the human slaughter on planet Klendathu was behind his decision to enlist, but he lamented that he now has to sit through history and moral philosophy. In the field on Crenshaw’s form that asks for the responder’s goals, Lucier wrote, “Kill the bugs.”

Others looked to “The Caine Mutiny,”and the paranoid commander Queeg’s quixotic search for a strawberry thief, for inspiration, to the A-Team and, of course, Col. Nathan Jessup.

A spokesperson for Crenshaw said the office is sifting through submissions to vet them but did not say how many appeared to be satirical.



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