Tightening The Clamps

A retired U.S. Army colonel who now   teaches modern warfare to soldiers at the University of Foreign Military and   Cultural Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. has co-written an article with a   Civil War expert that has ignited a firestorm today among those increasingly   concerned about what some say is a distinctanti-civilian tone that has   infected much of the military and Homeland Security since 2009.

Retired   Col. Kevin Benson and Jennifer Weber, Associate Professor of History at the   University of Kansas, co-wrote an article for Small Wars Journal on a 2010   Army report titled, “U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, The Army   Operating Concept 2016 – 2028.”

The report describes how the Army will   respond to threats “at home and abroad” in the coming two decades and in doing   so has made clear that a monumental cultural shift has occurred in the   thinking of those at the top levels of military command. This shift has some   government watchdogs worried, particularly given that Benson is using the   platform provided at Fort Leavenworth to educate military personnel in his   vision of the nature of modern warfare in America. According to the vision   articulated by Benson, future warfare will be conducted on our own soil. The   military will use its full force against our own citizens. The enemy will be   average citizens whose values resonate with those articulated by the tea   party.

The fictitious scenario used in the Army report as a teaching   tool is a future insurrection of “tea party activists” in South Carolina. As   the scenario goes, the tea party group stages a takeover of the town of   Darlington, S.C. The mayor is placed under house arrest and prevented from   exercising his duties. The police chief, the county sheriff, and other law   enforcement officials are removed from office and told not to interfere. The   city council is dissolved. The governor of the state, who had previously   expressed solidarity with tea party goals, does little to address the   situation.

A news conference is called by the new town leaders, all tea   party activists, who tell the media that due to the failure of central   government to address the concerns of the citizens, the Declaration of   Independence has been re-imposed and the local government has been declared   null and void. From the report:

When the leaders of the group hold a   press conference to announce their goals, they invoke the Declaration of   Independence and argue that the current form of the federal government is not   deriving its “just powers from the consent of the governed” but is actually   “destructive to these ends.” Therefore, they say, the people can alter or   abolish the existing government and replace it with another that, in the words   of the Declaration, “shall seem most likely to effect their safety and   happiness.” While mainstream politicians and citizens react with alarm, the   “tea party” insurrectionists in South Carolina enjoy a groundswell of support   from other tea party groups, militias, racist organizations such as the Ku   Klux Klan, anti-immigrant associations such as the Minutemen, and other   right-wing groups.

Several items of interest are to be noted in the   scenario the Army uses to describe the tea party activists — “right wing,”   “extremists,” “insurrectionists,” all of whom are lumped together with   militias and organizations that are considered “racist” and   “anti-immigration.”

By contrast, those who oppose the tea party are   referred to as “mainstream.”

The obvious question that arises is why   would this sort of scenario, with its obviously biased and skewed portrayals,   be presented as a teaching tool to military personnel? Why would the U.S.   military consider the tea party to be “extremist” or “insurrectionist?” And   why would the tea party be classified together with groups that are “racist,   “anti-immigration,” and “extremist right wing?”

In the numerous tea   party rallies that have occurred across the nation no racism was noted by any   observer. Speakers included persons of all races and ethnic backgrounds. No   sentiment was expressed against legal immigration but outrage was directed   toward those break the law and enter the country by illegal means. And the   charge that the tea party is extremist right wing is difficult to justify   given that the main thrust of the movement is the protest against runaway   government spending that has placed the nation on the brink of economic ruin   due to its enormous and unsustainable debt.

Yet repeatedly since the   election of Barack Obama in 2009, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)   has referred to the tea party as “potential homegrown terrorists.”

Why?   Not a shred of evidence remotely suggests that the tea party has any   connection whatsoever with terrorists. Yet some of President Obama’s closet   longtime friends have not only been associated with terrorism but actively   participated in it, such as Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, who as members of   the Weathermen from the 1960s and 70s bombed federal buildings that resulted   in the deaths of police officers.

But if one listens to the rhetoric   emanating from the White House, DHS, and now the U.S. military, one gets the   impression that none of the president’s friends ever posed a threat to the   country but hundreds of thousands of tea party activists are ticking time   bombs lying in wait to unleash a nuke on an American city at the drop of a   hat.

The brainwashing against conservatives by this administration has   had a definite impact on the military. One analyst who works for retired U.S.   Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely told this reporter that now over half of Pentagon   personnel are solidly in Obama’s corner and share his values and world   view.

And with the publication of the Benson and Weber article, it is   now clear that the U.S. Army considers it a valid proposition to assume that a   future civil war will be sparked not by extremist Islamists with dirty bombs   or left wing insurrectionists inspired by Alinsky or Ayers but by the tea   party and the conservatives who participate in it.

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