“I’ve read Mao Zedong. I’ve read Karl Marx. I’ve read Lenin. That doesn’t make me a communist,” said the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley delivered a powerful defense of the military’s right to study critical race theory while speaking before Congress on Wednesday. In just under two minutes, Milley drew on history from the Civil War to the January 6th insurrection in explaining how important it is for members of the military to educate themselves on the ideas that are animating America.
“I’ve read Mao Zedong. I’ve read Karl Marx. I’ve read Lenin,” Milley said. “That doesn’t make me a communist. So what is wrong with having some situational understanding about the country which we are here to defend?”
Milley also called out those who have denigrated military officials as “woke” for entertaining critical race theory, saying he was personally offended that anyone would criticize members for “studying some theories that are out there.”