CONCERNING JADE HELM FROM A BRIGADIER GENERAL FRIEND OF MINE-RETIRED
It is telling to me that Jade Helm has not been cancelled….or, at the very least, scaled back dramatically.
In general, negative publicity and/or protests over military exercise are rare. After all, why would the general public care about routine military exercises? During the Vietnam era, there were occasional demonstrations near military bases, but those were politically motivated. The military does its very best to avoid negative publicity…it’s not good for one’s career.
Jade Helm is different. It has been a PR nightmare. “Damage control” must be running 24/7. Most “promotion minded” officers would not want this kind of publicity harming their chances for that next star. The natural reaction would normally have been to postpone --or redirect the thrust of -- the exercise to calm everyone down. This is not happening. They are driving on. This tells me there is an urgency behind getting these soldiers, sailors and airmen trained.
The cost of adapting/postponing/cancelling the exercise obviously does not outweigh the cost of proceeding.
Your friend in Christ,
May 22, 2015