A retired Army officer forwarded me Texas Congressman Louis Gohmert's take on Jade Helm 15: "Changes needed in Jade Helm military exercises." So I asked him, "What do YOU think?" To which he responded:
Much as Gohmert does: Our wargames, command-post and field-exercise scenarios never depicted the sovereign States; it was not ever done, regardless whether "hostile," "permissive" or "uncertain". Fictitious country names were always used. Often the territories would be carved up so as to not even match State boundaries.Jade Helm 15 is different. Texas hostile? Utah hostile? Who knew? Quelle surprise.Either the administration put out some "guidance" specifying these precise exercise parameters to the (military) exercise planners, or some (military) exercise planners are simply going along with the latest political memes - and no one in (military) authority has reined them in. [We have seen this before, spontaneously, when local school administrators, working with local police, conducted "react to the local terrorist threat" drills (traumatizing the staff and kids, usually), where Christian homeschoolers were named as the threat. This sort of thing is quite expected, given current societal memes.]There is a great deal of conservative, traditional American angst over the potential for misdirection and/or blatant tyrannical action by this rogue administration. And having a military whose highest leadership has lost its way by assuming its slavish obedience to its civilian master equals fidelity to their constitutional duty doesn't help settle the collective jitters, either.So while I think that angst is understandable, for all the reasons Gohmert lists, nevertheless I do not think that Jade Helm 15 is going to result in a sudden jump to processing local conservatives into concentration camps.Like Denninger, I do question a number of stated premises. Most obviously the working-up with local, state and federal police agencies concerning TTP's that can only be described as population control.While there is nothing (conceptually) wrong with the US Military conducting training exercises on the economy, it has not been large-scale US military practice since WW II. Prior to WWII, it was common. But it needs to be done with a respect for the people of the United States that this administration utterly lacks.To quote Rep. Gohmert: "The map of the exercise needs to change, the names on the map need to change, and the tone of the exercise needs to be completely revamped so the federal government is not intentionally practicing war against its own states."And I will add that the Military needs to get back to earning the trust of the American people by not kow-towing to a partisan administration. Senior military leaders need to show a little backbone.Yeah, I know. It is to laugh.