Folks being upset at the US military establishment is nothing new. Sometimes the angst is well deserved. I'm not naïve enough to believe that the powers that be are all good guys simply looking out for our best interest. I'm not paranoid enough to believe that everything happening in our country is a giant conspiracy theory either.
I guess that leaves me in a state of perpetual agnosticism when it comes to following the news cycle. The MSM has consistently demonstrated that it is the official propaganda branch of national socialism going back to the Clinton administration. After nearly a quarter of a century of sectarian "consensus building" and "advancing the narrative" I can't accept anything they say at face value.
I can't whole heartedly side with the so called "conspiracy" crowd either. These guys have been pestering me at gun shows since the 70's. Mostly they are harmless, a little nutty and not overly concerned with personal hygiene. That doesn't make them wrong. It just makes me less likely to pay them much mind.
I freely admit that I can't be bothered to take the time to learn something about what's going on with Jade Helm 15. I already know that that its supposed to be a secret military training exercise for special forces operators. They probably don't have a tell all Facebook page with everything I could possibly want to know on it.
So what do we know about Jade Helm 15?
- Folks who are big into conspiracies as a hobby are saying there is a conspiracy
- That doesn't make them wrong
- Maybe the fluoride in the water is decreasing their credibility
- The MSM is in favor of Jade Helm
- Since when is the MSM a fan of military exercises that don't involve sensitivity training, pink camo and KY-jelly?
- They are spending time and effort mocking people that most everyone else simply ignores
- We have an openly anti-American administration running the show in DC
- Nothing, not one policy, not one directive, not one executive order, has advanced the interests of the American people since 2008.
- The administration has consistently weakened the abilities or overextended the capacity of the American military
- There is no reason for a spec ops training program to be a national news story. The fact that it is would normally be considered a failure
Then one day at o'dark thirty the exercises were for real. The Panamanians guarding Noriega's plane informed the S.E.A.L. team trying to secure it that they could not conduct their "training" exercises in that location. Noriega's men managed to put up a defense before being beaten. The rest of Panama fell with little or no resistance.
Is the Jade Helm story the first indication of something brewing in the American west, or simply the result of a slow news cycle? I'm enthusiastically agnostic either way.