Congressman Louie Gohmert has called for changes to the Jade Helm military exercise, arguing that the labeling of Texas and Utah as “hostile” states in Army documents related to the drill is “suspicious,” while suggesting that the federal government is trying to “provoke a fight” with citizens.
In a piece published by the Highland County Press, Gohmert, who is Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, suggests that the Utah and Texas may have been labeled negatively because they are red states.
“Once I observed the map depicting “hostile,” “permissive” and “uncertain” states and locations, I was rather appalled that the hostile areas amazingly have a Republican majority and believe in the sanctity of the United States Constitution,” writes Gohmert.
“When the federal government begins, even in practice, games or exercises, to consider any U.S. city or state in “hostile” control and trying to retake it, the message becomes extremely calloused and suspicious.”
Gohmert says that when he was in the U.S. Army, areas of America were never dubbed “hostile” and that fictitious names were used in such instances. Such descriptions represent “an affront to the residents of that particular state considered as hostile, as if the government is trying to provoke a fight with them,” he writes.
The Congressman also makes it clear that he “understands” concerns that the exercises may be preparation for martial law-style scenarios, noting that the Obama administration has repeatedly expressed animosity towards constitutionalists, veterans and Christians.
“We have seen people working in this administration use their government positions to persecute people with conservative beliefs in God, country, and notions such as honor and self-reliance,” writes Gohmert.
The Congressman concludes his article by calling for major changes to Jade Helm before it commences on July 15.
“The map of the exercise needs to change, the names on the map need to change, and the tone of the exercise needs to be completely revamped so the federal government is not intentionally practicing war against its own states.”
In criticizing Jade Helm and indicating that he understands the concerns of residents, Gohmert is opening himself up to the same kind of media attacks that were launched against Texas Governor Greg Abbott after he announced that the Texas State Guard would monitor the drill.