This week, the Governor of the State of Texas Greg Abbott ordered General Betty and the Texan National Guard to monitor US military exercises - known as "Jade Helm" - that will be conducted in several states including Texas. The operation will include Army Special Forces (Green Berets), Navy SEALS, US Marine Corps Expeditionary Unites, US Army 82nd Airborne Division, as well as USAF and USMC SOCOM and "Interagency partners."
It remains unclear why specifically the Governor chose to take such actions. The current concensus is that this decision was made in order to appease far-right conspiracy theorists who believe that the Jade Helm operation is a cover for a conspiracy by the federal government to institute martial law in Texas and potentially confiscate guns and privately owned land. If this is true, there are two possibilities, both with horrific implications: either Greg Abbott believes in this conspiracy theory or he is willing to take executive actions on behalf of those who do. Upon taking this action, Abbott said "it is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed upon."
The Communist Party of Texas condemns Governor Greg Abbott's decision to unfoundedly insinuate that the US military operation poses a risk to the safety, rights, and liberties of Texans. While the security and sovereignty of Texas must be a high priority of the state, passive-aggressive hostility towards the US federal government achieves nothing in advancing such aims.
The Communist Party of Texas also condemns the continued militarism of the US federal government. This operation, which is likely being used as a preparatory drill for involvement in the Middle East and evan an invasion of Iran, will exaust huge amounts of financial resources which could have been better used to the benefit of working people.