There’s a quiet war going on inside the U.S. military, it seems, and the battles, explosions and casualties are sometimes visible from the outside.
A high-ranking leader in the recently formed U.S. Space Force has been fired for statements he made during a podcast promoting his new book, which claims Marxism is becoming prevalent in the United States armed forces.
Lt Col. Matthew Lohmeier, commander of 11th Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., which detects ballistic missile launches, was removed from his post on May 14 by Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, the head of Space Operations Command. The reason given was a loss of confidence in his ability to lead, Military.com is reporting.
“This decision was based on public comments made by Lt. Col. Lohmeier in a recent podcast,” said a Space Force spokesperson an email. “Lt. Gen. Whiting has initiated a Command Directed Investigation on whether these comments constituted prohibited partisan political activity.”
It was not immediately clear if Lohmeier’s would have a temporary assignment in the wake of his removal or what it would be.
Lohmeier, a former instructor and fighter pilot who transferred into the Space Force, self-published a book earlier this month titled Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military.
“Irresistible Revolution is a timely and bold contribution from an active-duty Space Force lieutenant colonel who sees the impact of a neo-Marxist agenda at the ground level within our armed forces,” reads a blurb description of the book.
During the week of May 9 Lohmeier spoke with L. Todd Wood of the podcast Information Operation to promote the book. He described U.S. institutions like universities, media and federal agencies including the military that are increasingly becoming contaminated by leftist ideals and practices. He blamed the divisive climate across America today on practices like diversity and “inclusion” training.