By: Alex McCarty
This last week, a training exercise performed by our military's special forces including: the Army, Navy and Air Force's elite units, code name: Jade Helm 15, has been causing a lot of unrest for the residents of Texas. The exercise takes place in 7 states: California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Texas, and it is hardly unique aside from its scale. According to www.foxnews.com, it is designed to simulate foreign battle situations for our forces to experience and hone their skills.
The controversy began when a map arose on the Internet marked "classified" that labeled several states along with Texas as "hostile." This, thanks to the Internet, snowballed out of proportion.
Some Texans started to believe the exercise was in reality a rouse for a takeover of Texas by the Federal Government. The recent closings of local Walmarts for renovation purposes also added fuel to the flame on the Internet. According to www.npr.org, this spawned the idea that the government was going to turn them into forward operating bases and political prisoner processing centers.
The governor made moves to appease the population by asking the State Guard to oversee all operations by the National military. This sparked controversy throughout the United States. People began to believe that this undermined the governor's ability to be taken seriously. This over-reaction to such a benign occurrences begs the question if there is anything better the governor could be using his time and taxpayer's dollars to do.