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Even Tucker Carlson Has a Right to Bash the Military

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The military industrial complex has declared war on Fox Nation, as evidenced by their recent attacks on Tucker Carlson. It’s another needless quagmire.

By now, you’ve probably heard about Carlson’s criticism of the military’s “new hairstyles and maternity flight suits,” and the Department of Defense’s clapback. “Press secretary smites Fox Host That Dissed Diversity in U.S. Military” was the headline, not from an opinionated news site like this one, but from an official DoD statement as military leaders in uniform filmed videos and sent tweets from official accounts condemning the TV talker. What the heck?

It’s problematic to see military leaders getting involved in public policy debates and publicly attacking a prominent media figure. Among other things, taking sides in a political debate risks undermining the institution’s hard-earned reputation for being politically neutral. Meanwhile, liberals have been too busy hating on Carlson, who certainly invites their hatred, to have even noticed this fundamental breach in how our democracy is supposed to function—or to object to the atrocious idea that only military veterans (whether active duty or retired) are qualified to opine on military matters.

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