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: