Abbott Orders Nat. Guard to ‘Monitor’ Army Training Exercise

The right wing continues to freak out about Jade Helm 15, a Pentagon training exercise scheduled for this summer in several southern states, inventing all manner of lurid fantasies about martial law and similar rot. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has now ordered the Texas national guard to “monitor” the exercises in order to…well what, exactly?

Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the Texas Guard to monitor federal military exercises in Texas after some citizens have lit up the Internet saying the maneuvers are actually the prelude to martial law…

Abbott apparently has heard the concern and ordered the Guard to monitor the training and U.S. military personnel.

“To address concerns of Texas citizens and ensure that Texas communities remain safe, secure and informed about military procedures occurring in their vicinity, I am directing the Texas State Guard to monitor Operation Jade Helm 15,” Abbott wrote in his letter to the commander of the Texas Guard.

I have no idea what it means to “monitor” the exercises and Abbott’s letter provides no details at all. I suspect this is just an attempt to pander to the far right and soothe the fears they’re promoting among the rabble. Here’s his letter:

Abbott Jade Helm 15 Letter

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  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    The army reassured him be stating any martial law would only apply to illegals and “thugs” (wink, wink).

  • John Pieret

    Sounds to me like he is hoping to head off any loony “patriots’ from taking potshots at Army personnel.

  • eric

    The “15” should’ve given them a clue as to whether the exercise ends with a military coup or not.

  • zenlike

    Why hates Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) the US military?

  • countryboy

    It’s the Texas Guard, a completely different thing from the Texas National Guard

  • Big Boppa

    countryboy @5 is correct. Not the National Guard.

    From Wikipedia:

    The Texas State Guard is a state defense force that assists and augments Texas military and civil authorities in times of state emergencies, and in on-going support of National Guard units and local communities. They are not a part of the United States Armed Forces.

    The Texas State Guard consists of six Civil Affairs Regiments, two Air Wings, a Medical Brigade and a Maritime Regiment.

    Members’ entry rank depends on prior federal military service and/or civilian education. Individuals with no prior military service or ROTC training must attend the Basic Orientation Training (BOT) course.

    Texas State Guard personnel actively support the state in the event of catastrophic events, and ongoing state military missions. Members receive duty pay [currently $121 daily, regardless of rank] when activated by the Governor and placed on paid state active duty, and starting in 2008, for a limited number of mandatory training days.

    The organizational structure follows the federal military component structure, with comparable positions, ranks, protocols, and authorities. Members wear the Texas military uniform according to branch of service (in accordance with branch regulations) in regards to state military forces when conducting activities while on duty. TXSG personnel are also eligible for the same State issued military awards and decorations as members of the Texas Army & Air National Guard. For example, deployed members of the Texas State Guard received the Governor’s Unit Citation for Hurricane Katrina and Rita relief in 2005.

  • Big Boppa

    Maybe Abbot’s confusing Jade Helm with Helms Deep. If so, one can see his desire to err on the side of caution. Orcs can be pretty nasty.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXC-jJhFaUI

  • lldayo

    Call it a hunch but if martial law were truly the goal of the military exercises I don’t think the Texas State Guard would be much of a match for our national forces.

  • raven

    If the US was going to declare martial law, they wouldn’t advertise it a year in advance.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    I suspect this is just an attempt to pander to the far right and soothe the fears they’re promoting among the rabble.

    “Sooth” their fears? More like reinforce. “Yes, we’ll keep an eye on Obama’s army” is way different than “Your nightmare is a fantasy. Here’s what’s actually happening…”

  • magistramarla

    John Pieret,

    You’re giving Abbott way too much credit. Some of those Texas “patriots” are probably in the Texas Guard and it wouldn’t bother Abbott at all if they started taking potshots at the Army personnel.

  • Big Boppa

    @8 & 9

    But see? That’s what’s so diabolical about the plan. And when you consider that Obama started planning this takeover of the US long before he was even born (in Kenya) it all starts to become crystal clear. I fear that, except for the obvious benefit of shuttering Walmart stores, we are all doomed to a horrible fate.

  • weatherwax

    I’m waiting for the reports that it’s already happened, that entire US population between Texas and Georgia is in FEMA camps, and that the press is covering it up.

  • http://sidhe3141.blogspot.com jy3, Social Justice Beguiler

    Because Modus isn’t saying it:

    THEY’RE PROTECTING TEXAS FROM TURNING INTO THE NEXT BENGHAZI*!!!!1! YOU LIBTARDS WILL ALL SEE IT WHEN THEY PREVENT OBAMA FROM BURNING DOWN THE US CONSULATE!!!!!

    *BENGHAZI!!!11!!ONE!

  • John Pieret

    magistramarla:

    Yeah, safely up here in New York, I shouldn’t presume to know the crazy quotient of Texas politicians (except for the obvious ones like Gohmert and Perry).

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    The US army couldn’t suppress Iraq or Afghanistan, they’d utterly and rapidly fail in the USA.

  • http://denkeensechtna.blogspot.com Deen

    From Jade Helm to tinfoil hat.

  • moarscienceplz

    you sure Abbott did this? Sounds more like Costello to me.

  • Broken Things

    Does any other state besides Texas have its own pseudo army?

  • sinned34

    The US army couldn’t suppress Iraq or Afghanistan, they’d utterly and rapidly fail in the USA.

    It’d be worth it to watch all those “American Patriots” accept weapons and money funneled to them from Russia and China to fight the US military, though. Talk about cognitive dissonance.

  • Chiroptera

    Broken Things, #19: Does any other state besides Texas have its own pseudo army?

    Yes.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    Will the Texas State Guard be wearing their hoods and robes or will they be dressed as civilians?

  • Big Boppa
  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    jy3, Social Justice Beguiler “Because Modus isn’t saying it: THEY’RE PROTECTING TEXAS FROM TURNING INTO THE NEXT BENGHAZI*!!!!1! YOU LIBTARDS WILL ALL SEE IT WHEN THEY PREVENT OBAMA FROM BURNING DOWN THE US CONSULATE!!!!! *BENGHAZI!!!11!!ONE!”

    Now that you mention it, that does make sense.

  • Doc Bill

    This is so pitifully sad I hardly know what to say! I almost yearn for the good old days with Governor Oops.

    At a Q&A session in Bastrop, Texas, a Lt. Col. was explaining the “exercise” when someone asked him about UN Agenda 21. When the Col. said he didn’t know what that was the room erupted with laughter, catcalls and boos.

    Right. Agenda 21.

    The Colonel didn’t realize he was in the asylum.

    And, yes, Governor “Tin Foil Hat” Abbott pandered to the looniest of the loony fringe corner of Texas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=153100784 Michael Brew

    You know something’s wrong in the state of Texas when its reaction to its own country’s annual military exercise mirrors KJU’s response to Key Resolve 15.

  • postwaste

    Sadly, this is par for the course here in Texas. We still have the Republic of Texas nuts running around claiming Texas is not part of the USA.

    Everything’s bigger in Texas, especially the crazy.

  • blf

    With a bit of luck the Texas NG is adequately professional, or at least the officer ordered to do the “monitoring” is sufficiently sane, for the following to happen:

    Texas NG officer, calling her or his liaison with the Army: “Is exercise Jade Helm 15 part of any plan or action to impose martial law?”

    Army liaison: “No.”

    Texas NG officer: “Ok, thanks.”

    The officer then does nothing else until the conclusion of the exercise, when he or she writes this report: “Texas NG monitored US Army exercise ‘Jade Helm 15’. No martial law actions were found.”

  • http://www.patrickmackie.co.uk Patrick

    Why does this guy sign his letters in crayon? Can’t he handle a fountain pen?

  • StevoR

    @ ^ Well, given he’s the sort of guy that thinks Jade helm really is something nefarious and a plot to rool de werld! .. he was probably wearing his best tinfoil hat and munching on his favourite tub of glue at the same time I ‘d guess! Stands to reason don’t it?

    Now I’m wondering why he had that ‘I” put in bold in the last paragraph myself..