While many Americans are still wondering exactly why tens of thousands of National Guard troops were deployed to Washington D.C. for President Joe Biden’s inauguration, even more questions are being raised as to why thousands of them are still there.
According to the Washington Examiner, law enforcement officials have reportedly revealed that some 5,000 National Guard troops will remain in the city until and after the completion of former President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, which won’t begin until February 8.
As it stands, roughly 7,000 troops remain in the nation’s capital as of Monday morning. They’ll draw that number down to about 5,000 in order to “continue supporting federal law enforcement agencies” with “security, communications, medical evacuation, logistics, and safety,” a National Guard spokesperson said.
“We are here at the request of several federal agencies and will remain as long as needed,” the spokesperson added.
Of course, the troops were brought in mostly as a knee-jerk reaction to the tragic events that unfolded at the Capitol building on January 6. In the days following the Capitol riots, it was announced that the FBI had credible threats not only regarding attacks on Biden’s inauguration day but also that there would be attacks at all 50 state capitals.
Not a single attack occurred on that day, aside from a brief rioting period by Antifa anarchists in a handful of liberal cities like Portland and Seattle, Washington — where National Guard troops were not deployed for security assistance, which I’m sure was just a coincidence.
The troubling part of this situation is that several National Guard troops have already gone on record since Biden’s inauguration day and raised questions as to why exactly they were stationed in Washington D.C. in such numbers and for such a long duration.
“There is no defined situation or mission statement. … This is very unusual for any military mission. We are usually given a situation, with defined mission perimeters, and at least a tentative plan on how to execute those objectives,” one soldier said on the condition of anonymity.
Other soldiers have echoed the statement, expressing concern over being armed and stating that it wasn’t a “combat mission” while adding that no clear mission objectives were ever explained to them.
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After the controversy last week with regard to thousands of soldiers being relegated to cold parking garages after D.C. politicians were done using them as a prop, two Republican governors recalled their troops, including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
This, combined with the recent announcement that national guard troops will be in DC through March, plus the impeachment trial, is certainly interesting!
— Kim Christine (@kimmiecoh1) January 24, 2021
Not surprisingly, a number of conspiracy theories have bubbled up over the seeming military occupation of the nation’s capital and while we don’t report on those, it’s really not unexpected, given the utter bizarreness of the situation.