Just the News:
Backlash against officer’s reported words comes amid charges that the Biden administration has pushed the Pentagon to impose a leftist agenda on the force.
An Army commander is under not-so-friendly rhetorical fire from troops outraged at comments the officer reportedly made denigrating white men as a class. The episode has prompted a formal investigation and reinvigorated a debate over whether the Biden administration is imposing a leftist agenda on the military.
Social media pages for a soldiers’ network reported the comments in Tuesday posts on Instagram and Facebook. The posts alleged Lt. Col. Andrew Rhodes, a new battalion commander at Fort Carson, Colo., told his troops: “If you’re a white male, you are part of the problem.”
The comments were published by, whose social media accounts feature military humor and posts about situations within the military.
Just the News was not able to reach Lt. Col. Rhodes, who this week took command of the 1-8 Infantry “Fighting Eagles” at Fort Carson. Rhodes remained in command as of Thursday, when he attended a ceremony at Fort Carson.
Officials at the fort acknowledged Friday they have launched a preliminary probe.
“The command is aware of an event involving one of our battalion commanders, we are conducting a preliminary inquiry to gather more information,” Fort Carson spokesman Amber Martin wrote in an email to Just the News. “It would be inappropriate to provide any further details in order to protect the integrity of the inquiry.”