What did these military people expect when they announced this exercise and identified Texas as a hostile state? As mentioned below the government didn’t do the best job of explaining things and especially – the fact – the way the information was leaked. Another fact is the leader has certainly not been honest with the American people. So why were they so surprised when people started pushing back. Trust, but verify is the name of the game.
Following Submitted by Tyler Durden
On Thursday, we reviewed the official, unclassified Jade Helm 15 slide deck and remarked on some of the more amusing aspects of the US Special Operations Command’s upcoming two-month-long fake covert invasion of Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California. For those unfamiliar, Jade Helm is a training exercise wherein Green Berets, Navy SEALS, Marines, and other members of the armed forces will “practice core special warfare tasks, which help protect the nation against foreign enemies.”
Essentially, the states listed above were chosen because the army figures the landscape approximates the terrain and environmental conditions US armed forces may face in a modern overseas conflict, but predictably, the government didn’t do the best job of explaining things and in a particularly awkward section of the presentation entitled “Why Texas?”, the Spec Ops Command stumbled through a hilariously condescending account of why the Lone Star state was perfect for the drills. Here is how we summarized it:
Next is the section entitled “Why Texas?” wherein the US Army Special Operations Command first explains how patriotic Texans generally are, then hilariously proceeds to suggest (in as polite a manner as possible) that the Lone Star state 1) resembles the type of desert wasteland soldiers might expect to encounter in a modern overseas conflict, 2) is just underdeveloped enough in many areas to give trainees an idea of what it might be like to be operating undercover in a hostile Middle Eastern country, 3) is home to the type of xenophobia which will make the locals approximately as skeptical of “outsiders” as the inhabitants of an occupied country might be but who are at the same time just gullible enough to be tricked into trusting the “invaders,” and best of all 4) is home to social and economic conditions that any normal American would consider “unfamiliar.” (They have military training grounds at Fort Bliss. Who are these military men who are being trained – are they foreign military or are they Americans not illegals?)
Ultimately, some concerned citizens hailing from Bastrop voiced their skepticism about the exercises to Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria at an information session last Monday. Among the theories floated by the crowd: the government is preparing to confiscate Texans’ guns, the army is gathering intelligence on the way to instituting martial law in Texas, and the Special Ops Command may bring in ISIS fighters (presumably to make the exercises more realistic). In the end, Governor Greg Abbott got wind of these voters’ concerns and took the rather unusual step of calling on the Texas Guard to supervise the Jade Helm drills, prompting us to remark that “you now have a Texas governor pitting the Texas Guard against the US Special Operations Command amid fears the federal government — possibly in conjunction with Wal-Mart — is using special forces to gather intelligence on the way to taking over the state.” Our concerns about the creeping militarization of US communities notwithstanding, we can’t help but find the entire spectacle entertaining.
Now at least one Texas Republican seems to think the Governor’s move might have marked Jade Helm’s full retard moment because as you can see from the following letter, 16-year Texas House member Todd Smith thinks the decision to have the state guard monitor the US military is nothing short of preposterous.
We won’t print what Todd Smith’s remarks were since he is no longer in government and is practicing law. If you are interested, it is on the internet.
In the course of reporting Governor Perry’s remarks, the Dallas Morning News recalls that Perry is an Air Force veteran, and observes he is hardly alone in downplaying or dismissing concerns about Jade Helm.
It should be noted that Abbott explicitly addressed the issue of trust for the military in his letter to Texas State Guard commander Jake Betty, citing Texans’ “long history of supporting military forces.” A great deal of the skepticism concerning Jade Helm is directed at the civilian leadership, not the military forces conducting the exercise. Some wonder if controversy could have been minimized with a better public-relations effort. (Why is anyone surprised that some Texans take umbrage at a map designating their entire state “hostile territory?” Was no one at the Pentagon aware that faith in government is stretched a bit thin these days?)
Military officials told CNN they “welcome the State Guard working with them to coordinate the exercise operations in Texas,” but found the sentence in Governor Abbott’s letter expressing concern about the “safety, constitutional rights, private property rights, and civil liberties” of Texans to be “without foundation.”
It’s tricky to express such concerns without insinuating the lack of trust former Governor Perry criticized. Many Jade Helm critics feel the scenario prepared for the exercise makes similar insinuations against the public.
Gov. Greg Abbott at the annual Texas State Prayer Breakfast on May 4, 2015.
Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday defended his decision to have the Texas State Guard monitor a military training exercise that has riled conspiracy theorists, denying he has lent credence to their suspicions.
Instead, Abbott said his office is simply looking to serve as a “communication facilitator” between the military and concerned citizens, some of whom recently packed an information session in Bastrop County about the exercise, known as Jade Helm 15. The next day, 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.”
“We are playing a pivotal role of government and that is to provide information to people who have questions,” Abbott told reporters Monday following a prayer breakfast in North Austin. “It’s clear that people in Bastrop had questions.”
Conspiracy theorists have speculated that the exercise — which spans several states and is scheduled to start this summer — is a covert effort to institute martial law. But Abbott said he has “seen nothing that would cause anybody to worry about what is going on.”
Abbott has nonetheless taken some heat for getting the State Guard involved. Democrats have questioned whether he trusts the military, while some Republicans — including former Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst — have spoken out in support of the exercise. One of them, former state Rep. Todd Smith, has accused Abbott of “pandering to idiots.”
“I frankly think that there was an overreaction to the simple fact that someone has to be in charge of gathering and disseminating information and we stepped in to play that role, which is a role to be applauded,” Abbott told reporters.
“What the letter did was quite simple and non-inflammatory, and I think that’s the way it should be construed,” added Abbott, who had a copy of the letter as he addressed reporters.
This writer (Durden) and Todd Smith might think this is preposterous. But reading the above paragraphs sound to me that whoever has drawn up this plan for the military needs to have his head examined. From this plan, it is very evident why we cannot make any headway in the Middle East. Even with all of the training and with these planners in charge – it all sounds like the “Keystone Cops.” The government is insulting the people of Texas with their remarks and the more they talk the worse the insults get.
Thank you Governors Abbott and Perry!
It is strange that with all of the talk about these special forces our leader has said nothing to tone down the rhetoric. It is like everything else that the White House puts out, it is like a phony two-dollar bill.
Special forces set to swarm Southwest and operate undetected among civilians in massive military exercise
•Operation Jade Helm will see 1,200 service members including Green Berets and SEALs and special forces from the Air Force and Marines in July
•Soldiers armed with blank rounds will operate in and around towns in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado for 8 weeks
•The so-called Realistic Military Training has some residents fearful the drill is a preparation for martial law
By Dailymail.com Reporter
Published: 19:41 EST, 26 March 2015 | Updated: 23:56 EST, 28 March 2015
Seven Southwestern states will soon be infiltrated by 1,200 military special ops personnel…
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