Biden’s Department of Defense Requests $114.7 Million in Taxpayer Funding for ‘Diversity and Inclusion Activities’

Biden’s Department of Defense Requests $114.7 Million in Taxpayer Funding for ‘Diversity and Inclusion Activities’

Here’s another story about the Biden administration’s priorities that will send you looking for a wall to bang your head on.

As the drumbeats of a potential world war can be heard on our doorstep, two wars to fund, and Iran breathing down our neck, the Department of Defense has made a $114 million request from the government.

But this money will not go toward ammunition or safety equipment for America’s finest; it’s to fund diversity initiatives.

According to Fox News, The Department of Defense has requested approximately $114 million in its fiscal year 2024 budget proposal to fund diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility programs across the military departments, the largest such request to date.

The funds would go towards the DOD’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute.

The goal is to further incorporate DEIA values and considerations into the DOD’s operations and mission execution, according to the department’s Strategic Management Plan.

This comes on the heels of $68 million and $86.5 million that were earmarked for DEIA programs in fiscal years 2022 and 2023, respectively.

According to the DOD, the funding will be used for “investing in programs and initiatives aimed at furthering DEIA, and incorporating DEIA values, objectives, and considerations in how we do business and execute our missions.”

That’s a whole lot of money to help minorities feel “included” and for “considering” how they do business.

Somehow, I get the feeling most of them would rather feel protected.

The request for increased DEIA funding comes at a time when the DOD is facing intense scrutiny over its finances. For the sixth year in a row, the Pentagon has failed its annual audit, with auditors finding that half of its claimed assets could not be properly accounted for.

Since Oct. 7, Iranian-backed militants have launched a total of 66 attacks on bases and facilities housing U.S. personnel, according to the Associated Press and ABC News.

While most attacks have been ineffective, around 60 U.S. personnel have reported minor injuries.

In response to the 66 attacks, U.S. forces have retaliated — four times. The AP reported that there are “concerns within the administration that more substantial retaliation could escalate the violence and trigger more deadly attacks.”

Perhaps the DOD is concerned that these deadly attacks may lead to a less “inclusive” atmosphere.

Ideological visions of equity do not defeat our enemies.

And ensuring we have enough “gender diversity” on our carrier crafts will not replenish depleted stockpiles of munitions left in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon’s radically misplaced priorities divert $114 million from genuine defense needs at a time when we are spending tens of billions on conflicts overseas.

We are becoming a laughing stock among countries that want to destroy us.

When it comes to protecting our nation — turns out we are our own biggest enemy.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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