The cost of deploying about 26,000 National Guard troops to secure the U.S. Capitol in the wake of the deadly Jan. 6 riot is nearly $500 million, U.S. military officials said Thursday.
The deployment brought troops in from all 50 states and four territories as law enforcement agencies tried to lock down the Capitol for the inauguration of the President Joe Biden. Thousands of Guard members poured into the nation’s capital and were stationed across the city to block traffic and protect lawmakers and landmarks.
Officials said the nearly $500 million includes the costs of transporting Guard troops from their states to Washington, their salaries and benefits, as well as housing and other essentials. The officials were not authorized to publicly discuss internal figures and spoke on condition of anonymity.
That’s a lot of money for the fascist political theater of a state of emergency. Now, why are the troops still in D.C.? Ask the FBI.
Snowy, freezing conditions in recent days have led the D.C. National Guard to provide additional cold weather gear and heated rest areas to the overall Guard force around town, who continue patrolling a vast swath of fenced-in federal buildings in the vicinity of the Capitol despite what some GOP lawmakers contend is no discernable threat.
Acting Army Secretary John Whitley told reporters last week that FBI briefings to the Guard had indicated that “malicious actors” may incite violence during “First Amendment-protected protests.”
No such protests have transpired, however.
Still, Guard members stood 30 feet apart Thursday with submachine guns held close to their chests as they gazed out from behind razor-wire-topped, nonscalable fencing at the south edge of the Capitol facing Union Station.
There are no protests in D.C. There’s been no word about any protest plans whatsoever. We have some 7,500 troops in D.C. because the FBI is claiming that “First Amendment-protected protests” are going to turn violent when… there are no protests.
Good thing nobody in the media is asking any inconvenient questions about this phantom menace.
150 People Were Shot in Chicago Since Illinois Sent the National Guard to D.C.
After shooting deaths shot up 75% in Chicago, Governor Pritzker announced that he was dispatching 500 more National Guard troops to fight “the dark forces of racism” in D.C.
Washington D.C. may be suffering from “the dark forces of racism” since it’s currently in the hands of the party of racism, slavery, and segregation, but those National Guard troops would do a lot more good in Chicago where 81%, the majority of shooting victims, are black.
Around 150 people have been shot since Pritzker sent the troops to D.C. instead of Chicago.
After the billionaire governor took a break from working on his Wisconsin mansion to dispatch 200 National Guard troops to protect Joe Biden from being attacked during the inauguration, 29 murders were perpetrated in Chicago. There was nothing for the Illinois National Guard to do in D.C. where the biggest threat to Joe Biden’s safety remains pulling a dog’s tail in the shower, but deploying those troops could have been used to save lives back home in Chicago.
D.C. does not need the National Guard for anything except political theater. If Governor Pritzker wants to protect Joe Biden, he doesn’t need hundreds of soldiers, he just needs a good nurse.
And maybe a dog trainer.
“We must root out the dark forces of racism,” Governor Pritzker declared, and, “disinformation”.
Soldiers don’t root out “disinformation”. Except maybe in China, Cuba, and apparently, Chicago.
The latest weekend began with 18 people being shot in Chicago. Instead of fighting Republican political opponents in D.C., the National Guard could actually stop real violence in Chiraq.
Pritzker’s administration claims that the hundreds of National Guard personnel are needed to help secure the Capitol. The Capitol Police have over 2,000 sworn officers, an ‘unscalable wall’ surrounds Congress, and all of that is backed by the D.C. cops, the Park Police, and thousands of National Guardsmen from sleepier states like Vermont and Rhode Island. If all of that isn’t enough to secure Congress from a few hundred protesters, then maybe it’s time to give up.
The Biden banana republic theater in D.C. of soldiers, walls, and razor wire is sending a troubling message to Americans and to the rest of the world. But it’s also costing lives in Chicago and in urban areas that could actually use some National Guard support.
Murder rates have shot up by 50% in major American cities. Police departments are outmanned, outgunned, and are bleeding personnel at record rates as officers head for the exit.
In Michigan, Governor Whitmer sent hundreds of National Guard personnel in January to D.C. to ensure “a peaceful transition of presidential power”. There are now 1,000 members of the Michigan National Guard in D.C. until March because the “transition” still isn’t peaceful.
D.C.’s political arenas in the Imperial City are their usual corrupt and peaceful selves, but Michigan’s troubled urban areas could use some of those 1,000 soldiers on their streets.
In one recent Flint shooting spree, a 57-year-old woman was killed, and four others, including an 11-month-old baby, were wounded. If only Governor Whitmer had cared as much about that baby as she does about bolstering the Democrat military occupation of Washington D.C.
While shootings continue to devastate Philly, Governor Wolf insists on keeping 450 Pennsylvania National Guard members in D.C. after initially dispatching 2,350 members.
Governor Wolf claimed that all those soldiers were needed to “ensure the safe and peaceful inauguration” of Biden. Now that Biden is safely and peacefully banning women’s sports from the Oval Office, why are hundreds of soldiers still there? To protect him from female athletes?
Even as violence surges in New York City, Governor Cuomo sent another 542 members of the state’s National Guard to D.C.
That’s after a year in which shootings rose 97% and murders shot up by 45%.
“Our federal government is facing a host of challenges unlike any in modern history, and it needs to be able to conduct its business safely for the sake of all Americans,” Cuomo claimed.
The only federal legislators to be physically assaulted by political extremists have been Republicans who were attacked by Democrats: Including at the infamous baseball charity shooting spree. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, who claimed that she was nearly murdered, is perfectly safe. So is the rest of New York’s delegation of grifters, radicals, and crooks.
The same can’t be said for New Yorkers who are under assault by the criminals set loose by Cuomo, De Blasio, and other Democrats who prioritized thugs over law-abiding citizens.
The federal government is safe. New Yorkers aren’t.
The Democrats are determined to maintain this show of force while proceeding with an unconstitutional impeachment of President Trump to send a message that this is a banana republic in which a usurper tries his predecessor in a trial presided over by his own man while soldiers stand guard to suppress political protests and intimidate political opponents.
The D.C. occupation must end.
If the Democrats want to send troops somewhere, their own cities are in desperate need. Gang violence is claiming the lives of a generation of black youth. Meanwhile the National Guard are also being used to manage the pandemic. Diverting soldiers from that task may also cost lives.
Instead, Democrats have prioritized intimidating Americans over saving American lives.
While their own people, men, women, and children, continue to die in Chicago, Philly, Detroit, and New York City, the only thing they care about is a military show of force in D.C. Their banana republic occupation persists in D.C. while the dying continues in their own cities.
Sadly, even the deployment of the National Guard to D.C. hasn’t made the city any safer.
While thousands of soldiers were deployed to protect Speaker Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, an 85-year-old man was violently beaten on the train, a 15-year-old boy was shot and killed, and a mass shooting killed 1 man and wounded 4 others.
But the cops were busy investigating the vandalism of a Bernie Sanders mural as a hate crime.
Just like the thousands of soldiers, they weren’t there to keep ordinary people safe, but to protect the political agendas of the Democrat ruling class with fascist political theater.
The National Guard could have been used to actually save lives in D.C. Instead, Democrats used those soldiers to threaten Americans while making them sleep in cold parking garages.
That’s another reason why the D.C. occupation needs to end.
If the Democrats want to save lives, they can send the troops to Chicago. If they want to threaten Americans with armed force, they can take a trip to Cuba and never come back.