The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not represent our advertisers

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Military Rolls Tanks Onto St. Louis Streets...But Why?

I have to say that this event, which is being labeled a "training exercise", makes very little sense to me. U.S. Army troops all the way from Maryland running open exercises in armored personnel carriers on the busy streets of St. Louis? I know Maryland is a small state, but is there really not enough room at Ft. Detrick to accommodate a tank column and some troops?

Are there not entire fake neighborhood and town complexes built with taxpayer dollars on military bases across the country meant to facilitate a realistic urban environment for troops to train in? And why travel hundreds of miles to Missouri? At the very least, this is a massive waste of funds.

On the other hand, such an action on the part of the Department of Defense makes perfect sense if the goal is to acclimate citizens to the idea of seeing tanks and armed military acting in a policing capacity. Just check out the two random idiots the local news affiliate picked to interview in St. Louis on the subject. Both state that they think the exercise is a "great idea", because having the military on the streets would help to "reduce crime":

I suspect that the news affiliate did not go out of its way to get any counter-opinions, even though they admitted to being contacted by those voicing concerns over martial law.



Anonymous said...

It's called desensitization of the public. You'll be less inclined to freak out when the tanks roll into a hood near you. Now move along, nothing to see here.

lmclain said...

TANKS? Against CIVILIANS? They move army units and National Guard units far from their own homes so as to desensitize THEM. Hardly any soldier will fire live ammo at his neighbors, despite any order to do so, because they still have to live in the area. However, they would be a LOT more likely to open fire on strangers labeled as "security threats". After all, if you kill a few people from Kansas and go back home to Maryland, who's gonna be mad at you there? Who is going to be looking to avenge your murder of their children? These "exercises" are taking place across the country and are focusing on CIVILIAN unrest and crowd control. WHY? Backed up with 450 MILLION rounds of ammo, high altitude drone surveillance, heavy military equipment, and of course (start cheering now, you Nazi wanna-be's) the Patriot Act and the NDAA. Do they actually have to herd you people on buses and shoot one of your kids for the truth to hit you? Are you deliberately stupid or purposely naive?