Paranoia Agents

Just another day at the SOF-fice.

You may have noticed some recent news chatter about people spreading the notion that our government, under the pretext of a military exercise, is sending Black Ops teams to infiltrate the southwest U.S. as a prelude to imposing martial law.

Listen up.

Exercise Jade Helm 15 is not a government subterfuge designed to take our guns away, acclimate Americans to the sight of armed military forces roaming our neighborhoods, sneak foreign commandos into Texas via a vast network of tunnels connecting WalMart SuperCenters, herd malcontents into FEMA Death Domes, or gather intelligence for the Bavarian Illuminati.

It might be a plot to reveal the disturbing number of credulous dupes in this country willing to latch onto any paranoid conspiracy theory that sustains their cherished dream of someday standing alone on a desolate mountaintop, grimly surveying the post-apocalyptic cinder of a world only they saw coming.

No, that’s probably just an unintended consequence. Oh, the stupid…it burns. Two points:

1. Our Special Operations Forces are very good at what they do, but there aren’t nearly enough of them to seize control of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, and Texas. Or any one of those. These are, however, the rough men and women who are wakeful at night so the rest of us pasty-faced ingrates can sleep soundly and securely in our cozy beds—and like everybody in military service, they need to practice regularly to stay sharp. These are the folks we send after monsters like Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden. They’re who we call to rescue people taken hostage by murderous terrorists. I think helping them stay sharp might be a good idea. Any implication that they’re covert agents in the pay of a shadow world government or a go-to force for domestic oppression is worthy of only one response—ridicule.

2. Anybody who thinks our valiant young men and women in uniform wouldn’t rebel en masse if they were instructed to turn this country into a gulag hasn’t spent much time with them. Each one takes a solemn oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic”—support and defend the Constitution—not the sitting legislature, not the President, not Political Party X, Y, or Z. A cabal seeking to deprive the American public of their Constitutional rights and liberty would be one of those “domestic” enemies the oath is talking about. Military folks spend a lot of time discussing the implications of that oath, what qualifies as a lawful order, and their responsibility to disregard orders which don’t meet that standard. Blind obedience has never been a characteristic of the American soldier.

Not my preferred future.

You can trust the government, or not, as you please, but don’t dare impugn the integrity of your sons and daughters and friends and neighbors, who put their lives at risk daily on your behalf, by granting any credibility to the nutbars peddling fear and paranoia. And please, please don’t encourage said nutbars by browsing their blogs and biting on their clickbait.

Let our “Quiet Professionals” practice in peace. You’ll hardly notice them. That’s as it should be.



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