A CNN poll issued in August 2014 showed an all-time high of 87-percent of Americans don’t not believe the government or the mainstream media are truthful or credible. And given the fact that U.S. law enforcement’s armed with the same heavy weapons, looking identical to U.S. combat troops, why shouldn’t we worry?
Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered Texas State Guard forces to keep an eye on the U.S. military during a large upcoming training exercise called Jade Helm 15. The exercise has been the focus of several Internet sites claiming tis some sort of nefarious operation.
Abbott ordered the guard to “monitor” the eight week-long exercise which begins in July and ends in September, across seven states. In Texas, Utah and New Mexico most of the training will take place on private land, while in Arizona, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi, much of it will take place on military installations.
The scenario for the exercise is that U.S. special operations forces travel to another continent which includes hostile nations and work with rebel underground freedom fighters there. During the exercise some of the troops will be in civilian clothes, move in civilians vehicles and carry weapons with blank ammunition.
There will be about 1,200 troops in Jade Helm, mainly Army Green Berets, but also a small group of Navy SEALS and Air Force special operations troops as well as conventional Army infantry. The Pentagon said there will be exercise monitors.
Abbott’s order angered former state Congressman Todd Smith, who served in the Texas legislature for 16 years, who wrote an op-ed attacking Abbott’s decision.
“As one of the remaining Republicans who actually believes in making decisions based on facts and evidence – you used to be a judge? – I am appalled that you would give credence to the nonsense mouthed by those who instead make decisions based on Internet or radio-or shock-jock-driven hysteria,” Smith wrote. “Is there ANYBODY who is going to stand up to this radical nonsense that is a cancer on our State and Party?”
Democrats aren’t happy either.
“The first thing the governor should have done when he heard about concerns with U.S. military training is to support our troops and reassure the public that our U.S. military poses absolutely no threat to Texans,” said Manny Garcia, executive director of the Texas Democratic Party. “Instead, he gave credence to conspiracy theorists by ordering the Texas State Guard to monitor U.S. military operations.”
Abbott defended his decision, saying his office is simply looking to serve as a “communication facilitator” between the military and concerned citizens. Abbott sent a letter to the State Guard asking it to keep an eye on the operation so that “Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed.”
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said he’s been hearing concerns about Jade Helm 15 he wanted questions about it to be answered.
“My office has reached out to the Pentagon to inquire about this exercise,” Cruz said. “We are assured it is a military training exercise. I have no reason to doubt those assurances, but I understand the reason for concern and uncertainty, because when the federal government has not demonstrated itself to be trustworthy in this administration, the natural consequence is that many citizens don’t trust what it is saying.”
Conspiracy theory or not, the outrage and conflicting information raise questions about the safety of U.S. troops involved in the exercise. Some have drawn parallels to a 2002 incident in which a sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina shot two U.S. Special Forces soldiers in civilian clothing after they tried to disarm him.
One of the soldiers died. They thought the deputy was part of a role-playing exercise known as Robin Sage, which is a major training event for Green Beret soldiers, officials said at the time.
This is right out of the Progressive playbook by Saul Alinsky, “Rules for Radicals,” and rule number five: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”