The US military will never be “soft,” said CNN’s Austin Barbara Starr in an exclusive, long-range interview on Memorial Day, adding that America’s opponents like China and Russia “would like to benefit from such topics of conversation.”
“I won’t lose a minute of sleep when it comes to what the Chinese leadership is saying or what (Russian President) Vladimir Putin is saying. What I’m going to focus on and what I’m going to focus on is defending this nation and making sure of it.” we have what we need to be successful, “said the defense minister in an exclusive interview broadcast on Monday.
The U.S. Army launched a recruitment ad campaign earlier this month aimed at targeting Generation Z and featuring the stories of five soldiers about how they answered calls to serve. The series is a “marked departure from previous army campaigns” in that it uses animation and “intimate” representations and “transforms what was once a one-dimensional view of army service into something more relatable,” the army said in a press release.
Criticism of the ads circulated among others from the conservative media and the Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who responded to the ads with a tweet: “Holy crap, maybe an awakened, emasculated military is not the best idea.”
Cruz’s comments were in response to a Twitter video of a Russian military ad and part of the US ad with Cpl. Emma Malonelord’s story which says she was “raised by two mothers” and “marched for equality”.
“We have the largest military in the world, but Dem politicians and bright media are trying to turn them into pansies,” added the Republican Senator from Texas.
In his interview with CNN, Austin said the US military was “the best military in the world today,” not just because of the technology but also because of the people who “populate our ranks.”
“I think we’re doing a great job of recruiting the right people and getting people from every nook and cranny in this country. As long as you are fit and can qualify, there is a place for you in this team, “he said.
Austin argued that a diverse US force “must be part of us.”
“We represent the United States of America. We should look like America, not just ranks,” he told Starr. “But our leadership should look like America.”
Prior to becoming Secretary of Defense, Austin held a number of senior positions, including commander of US Central Command, deputy chief of staff of the Army, and commanding general of the US Forces in Iraq.
“I had a front row seat … in the greatest phase of our history, when it comes to seeing our troops in action and seeing what they will do for one another, what sacrifices they have made” for this country and for one another “Austin Starr said.” And I tell you, despite the fact that we can make great films and write a lot of books, you can’t adequately describe the things I’ve seen in these 20 years for what these young people are doing what they will do for their country is absolutely amazing. “