A planned U.S. military training exercise called Jade Helm 15 has some conservatives acting even crazier than usual. Chuck Norris is among the conspiracy theorists who are worried the training exercise is just a ploy for the federal government to take over Texas. He took to right-wing website WorldNetDaily to get people to open their eyes.
"The US government says, 'It’s just a training exercise,'" Norris wrote. "But I’m not sure the term 'just' has any reference to reality when the government uses it."
Speaking of reality and a failure to grasp it, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz have also been called out for pandering to conspiracy theorists. Abott asked the state guard to monitor the training exercise, and Cruz says he's "reached out to the Pentagon."
Texas is just one of the seven states where the U.S. military will hold the Jade Helm 15 training exercises. Conspiracy theorists are freaking out because a simulation map labeled Texas, California, and Utah as "hostile."
Norris also offered up an idea to change the exercise: "If the government insists on running expanded military ops across seven Southwest states, why doesn’t it move all that “military training” south and protect our borders at the same time?!"
...Because that runs counter to the entire concept of a training exercise.
If the delusions somehow become reality, at least the Texas Ranger is well-equipped to fight the federal government.
[via The Guardian]