Marjorie Taylor Greene Says Joining Military Is 'Throwing Your Life Away'

Georgia congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene has said joining the military is like "throwing your life away" due to President Joe Biden's foreign policies.

Speaking to former Fox News host Lou Dobbs' podcast on April 9, Greene listed other reasons why people should not join the military, including the vaccine mandate and "woke" training.

Greene made the remarks after Dobbs questioned the "quality of people" that are in the Defense Department in Biden's administration and suggested that the military was struggling to attract new recruits because people have "seen the way they're treated."

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) answers questions in front of the House steps while House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy holds a press conference on November 17, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Greene listed reasons why people should not join the military on Lou Dobbs' podcast. Win McNamee/Getty Images

The military has said that it has been struggling to recruit in the wake of the COVID pandemic, with the U.S. Army reporting it didn't meet its goal for new members in late 2021. In January, the Army offered $50,000 bonuses to those who can commit to six years of service in order to help the dwindling numbers.

During the interview, Dobbs questioned why people should join the U.S. military if they will be enlisted as "boots on the ground" to fight wars abroad, with around 100,000 American service members currently deployed across Europe amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Dobbs also suggested people will be turned off from enlisting in the wake of Biden's withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan last August.

"Can you imagine explaining to a recruit, you're gonna be just fine, just like those Marines in Kabul," Dobbs said in reference to the 13 service members who were killed in Afghanistan's capital airport in August 2021 while the U.S. was withdrawing from the country prior to the Taliban takeover.

"We may not have time to come back and get you. But you know, it'll work out all right [...] We're going to fight a third world country for two decades and walk out with our tail between our legs," Dobbs added. "Who in his or her right mind would say 'sign me up for that, Sarge?'"

In response, Greene said: "Not my son and I know a lot of young people don't want to have anything to do with that. It's like throwing your life away.

"Not to mention how they've been forced to take the vaccine and the ones that didn't want to take it have been discharged. Who wants to be treated that way?"

Greene also suggested that rules of engagement mean that people are "shot at, killed and maimed" before they're allowed to fire back and defend themselves.

"It's a disaster from the top down and the bottom up. We can add in the training, the woke training, where they have to undergo this ridiculous ideology of the sick and satanic left."

Greene appeared to be making reference to a letter sent to Army General Mark Milley by GOP Sen. James Inhofe, the top-ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and 11 other Republican senators, which expressed concerns that service members were spending millions of hours getting training on extremism "stand-down," climate change plans and "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion."

Greene also appeared to be echoing the rhetoric of the QAnon conspiracy theory movement while describing the left as "satanic."

QAnon, a far-right movement which Greene previously expressed support for, believed that Donald Trump was secretly fighting a cabal of satanic child abusers, which included leading Democratic figures, during his time as president.

Greene was recently accused of trying to rile up the QAnon base by describing GOP senators Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins as being "pro pedophile" because of their support for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be confirmed to the Supreme Court.

The comments, which Greene was heavily criticized for, were based on disputed claims that Jackson was too lenient when sentencing child sex offenders.

In a statement to Newsweek, Greene's spokesman, Nick Dyer, said the congresswoman was "calling it like she sees it."

Greene has been contacted for further comment.

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