Jade Helm 15 fears now include concerns about the U.S. invading Texas. Operation Jade Helm 15 military exercises will take place in seven southwestern states. Albert Ellison, Bastrop County Republican Party chairman, shared a list of reasons why he feels Texas distrust President Barack Obama and his administration in advance of the hotly debated realistic military exercises.
Operation Jade Helm 15 involves 1,200 special forces team members being dropped into seven southwestern states as a part of realistic military training exercises. The special operations soldiers, some of the most elite fighting men in the world, will be ordered to “operate undetected” among the American civilian population.
Beginning in July and lasting for eight weeks, Operation Jade Helm will take place in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado. For the purpose of training, residents in the entire states of Utah and Texas will be deemed “hostiles.” Some of the special forces teams will reportedly drop to the ground from airplanes while carrying traditional military weapons, which will be loaded with blanks, for the realistic military training exercise.
The list of reasons “Texas do not trust President Obama” said, “In the minds of some, he was raised by communists and mentored by terrorists. Obama has really painted a portrait in the minds of many conservatives that he is capable of this sort of thing.”
During a spring meeting hosted by Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape, Operation Jade Helm concerns were aired. Local residents who attended the meeting carried signs which read, “No Gestapo in Bastropo,” “Keep America Free” and “Dissent is Not a Conspiracy Theory.”
“I’m sensitive to the fact that some of our Bastrop residents are concerned, and I’m confident that they are very sincere about their concerns,” Judge Pape said. “But how did we get to this point in our country?”Former Bastrop
Mayor Terry Orr said he supports Jade Helm but acknowledged that a “significant number” of area residents distrust Obama because he feels his neighbors believe that the president is primarily concerns with the welfare of illegal immigrants and black Americans.
Bastrop is reportedly 34 percent Hispanic and 8 percent black. Dock Jackson, 62, said the county is a “wonderful place” to live and added that folks from different races generally get along.
Kenneth Kesselus, the current mayor, said he too supports Operation Jade Helm 15 and has a different view on why Texas do not trust President Obama.
“Things aren’t as good as they used to be [economically] the middle class is getting squeezed and they’ve got to take it out on somebody, and Obama is a great target,” Bastrop Mayor Kesselus added. According to military spokesman Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria, Jade Helm 15 is intended to simulate U.S. Special Forces helping resistance fighters restore democracy in an imaginary country.
The logo used as a banner for the realistic military exercises is a Dutch wooden shoe that is intended to represent “anti-Nazi resistance in World War II Europe.
“All service members take an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, and we put our lives on the line every day to uphold that oath,” Lastoria said. “So for people to come up with irrational ideas and try to associate them with the United States military, it does our troops a disservice.”
The Bastrop County Republican Party chair still maintains that the Jade Helm “fear factor is justified.”
“Obama doesn’t take national threats seriously enough,” Ellison said, when noting the administration’s policies toward Iran, Russia, ISIS, illegal immigration, and the Benghazi attack, and Cuba. “What he views as alarming instead is conservatism.”
Albert Ellison listed the IRS targeting of the Tea Party and other GOP related groups, “hostile” polices towards gun owners, and added that Obama has been”complicit in stirring riots” in racially charged situations in Ferguson and Baltimore.”The Obama administration has a history of attacking Texas [on issues] tt’s not that much of a leap to believe that he would try to employ the military like he does the IRS.”Terry Wareham, Bastrop County Tea Party leader, said she is concerns that Obama might instigate violence between soldiers and Texans as an excuse to enact martial law.”We’re not against the military. This community is very supportive of the military,” The Texas Tea Party leader said “But who’s the commander in chief of the military?”Texas Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the Texas State Guard to “monitor” Operation Jade Helm 15.
What do you think about Operation Jade Helm 15 and the list of reasons Texas distrust President Obama penned by the Bastrop County Republican leader?
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