Political Fallout from Jade Helm

By Faye Higbee

Jade Helm 15 has caused Texas legislators’  phones to ring off the hook. As we previously reported, Governor Abbott tried to calm the fears of the public by appointing the Texas Guard as monitors for the massive military exercise. But he’s not the only one experiencing a groundswell of concern.

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Helicopters across the Dallas skyline

7 states, and an unprecedented military buildup of equipment and troops within the borders of the U.S. All Texas legislators are feeling the pinch of the public’s concern because Jade Helm has listed Texas as “hostile territory.”

Rep. Louie Gohmert says he’s had many constituents worried about the exercise.

“This military practice has some concerned that the U.S. Army is preparing for modern-day martial law. Certainly, I can understand these concerns.”

Senator Ted Cruz has also reached out to the military about his constituent’s concerns. He says while has no reason to doubt the Pentagon, he understands the citizens’ concerns and backs Governor Abbott’s decision to monitor the exercise.

Texas folk are between a rock and a hard place, as Texas is generally military friendly- so no one wants to rock that boat either.

The government, on the other hand, thinks no one should be worried, and claims that no one’s civil rights will be violated, and that it’s “just an exercise.” Special Operations Command, or SOCOM, states that the exercise- to be held July 15- September 15-will be only held in prearranged public and private lands. They stated that the only change people will notice is an “uptick in military air traffic and its noise.”

Texas will be ground zero for Jade Helm

Small comfort to Texans, who will be smack-dab in the middle of whatever it is they will be doing. And the issue of labeling states like Texas and Utah “hostile” on their “practice map” added to the problem. They used red, both states traditionally vote Republican….red….so labeling them hostile was egregiously stupid. No matter how much they tell people that their maps are “fictitious” and intended for practice, people no longer believe the government on much of anything.

What could the Pentagon have done differently to lessen the issue?  Maybe not make their “exercise” so all encompassing. Maybe skip labeling maps with colors and incendiary remarks. Maybe engage the public BEFORE such a massive exercise with public meetings and the ability to have a say in it all. It’s not a conspiracy theory to question the military about an unprecedented military buildup across  the Southwestern United States. It’s common sense.