Why some Texans are suspicious of a massive military operation called Jade Helm 15 – U.S. – Stripes

DILLEY, Texas (Tribune News Service) — Jade Helm 15 — a two-month, seven-state Army Special Operations training exercise — is scheduled to start Wednesday, prompting concerns among some residents, especially in Texas, where the governor ordered the state guard to monitor it.

A town hall meeting this spring drew hundreds of residents to one of the training sites in central Texas, where an Army spokesman was inundated with questions from conspiracy theorists who had traveled from across the state. Late Tuesday, the Army released a statement again attempting to allay residents’ fears by clarifying what soldiers will be doing, and where.

via Why some Texans are suspicious of a massive military operation called Jade Helm 15 – U.S. – Stripes.

When we occasionally discuss the civil-military divide in our society today, it’s stuff like this that is our concern. It wasn’t terribly long ago that large scale maneuvers by the Army on both public and private lands were fairly routine. The obvious examples are the Louisiana Maneuvers and the Carolina Maneuvers, massive exercises conducted in those respective states just before our entry into World War II.

Even since then, there have been some fairly large exercises off post. When the Howze Board was designing the future of Army Aviation in the early 1960s, many of its tests took place over vast swaths of the American souteast, and off post.

Even today, residents of Western Washington are quite used to seeing convoys of Army vehicles traveling the public highways enroute from Joint Base Lewis-McChord to Yakima Firing Center, a major maneuver space for the Army.

That some folks are up in arms over the presence of a couple hundred troops in a state that has pretty much the largest number of Army troops based there already is embarrassing.


10 thoughts on “Why some Texans are suspicious of a massive military operation called Jade Helm 15 – U.S. – Stripes”

  1. Gov. Abbot says the state guard is monitoring Jade Helm, but I’d bet the real purpose is to keep the tinfoil hat brigade from doing something stupid.

  2. Ok ok – I’ll come clean – we Canucks are still pissed about 1812 and have invoked War Plan Blue – the secret invasion of Texas. Our strategic objective is to set up a Tim Hortons in the Alamo and wipe out the heresy of Krispy Kreme.

    Seriously though, I hope no over 50, overweight nutjob decides to pull his weapon on actual service personnel.

    1. Texas, at least Killeen, has Shipley’s Do nuts (yes that space goes there), which are better than any others that I have ever had. You can actually eat more than 2 without wanting to gag on the sugary grossness of others liked krispy creme. (Even my auto correct refuses to spell that with a K.)

    2. Blanks or not, my money would still be on it being mere seconds before said nutjob is face down in the dust having his head introduced to a size 12 combat boot.

      People tend to forget (and up here especially) that the military response to a threat is to eliminate it, not read it its rights and put it in cuffs pending an appearance before a judge.

      1. I guarantee you that, given the intense public interest in this, every participant has been briefed on interaction with the locals, and what not to do. The opportunity to not just screw up, but screw up in a highly visible manner, is all to real. And no one wants to become the center of attention that way.

    3. If your intention would be to replace Dr. Pepper with Molson – I could get on board with that.

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