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Military Buildup In D.C. Makes No Sense, Unless They Know Something We Don’t

Military Buildup In D.C. Makes No Sense, Unless They Know Something We Don’t

This massive military show of force smacks of protecting against a threat that has not yet been disclosed publicly. They seem to be planning against a military mutiny. That’s how it feels.

You don’t need 25,000 armed National Guard troops to protect an inauguration, and you certainly don’t need that and more to protect a mostly virtual inauguration.

The riot at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, likely could have been contained and people kept out of the building with a couple hundred more riot police, or maybe a few hundred.

The failure to have any semblance of adequate security, despite apparent FBI warnings of possible trouble, is one of the baffling aspects of that day. It’s why the Chief of the Capitol Police has resigned, and there needs to be a thorough investigation of how the Mayor of D.C. and others rejected requests for additional help.

Yet what is happening in D.C. now looks more like a military defensive posture than riot control or even an attempt to defend against small groups planning violence.

There are the National Guard troops, and bridges to the city will be shut on Tuesday. The 8-ft non-scalable fences around the Capitol are being replaced with 12-foot fencing. US Citizen and Immigration Services is closing its offices for two days.

AirBnb has declared a moratorium on people coming into the city using their services. Facebook has banned the creation of new event pages for D.C. It’s likely these private entities took these actions at the request of security agencies.

The Secret Service has a page devoted to security planning for the Inauguration. They designate the center of the city near the Capitol as the “Green Zone” — reminiscent of the terminology for the area in Baghdad where the U.S. and other embassies are located.

There were many street closures for Trump’s January 2017 inauguration, and police called up for protection, in the face of threatened and actual widespread rioting.

But there was nothing like this military buildup. WaPo reported at the time in 2017:

An estimated 700,000 to 900,000 people are expected to watch Donald Trump become president. Security officials said there are 63 demonstration groups, pro and con, expected on Jan. 20, and an additional 36 on other days. Those include groups with permits and others who have signaled participation through social media.

To accomplish having a tranquil event amid worries of terrorist attacks and threats by some groups to disrupt the celebration requires bringing in 3,000 police officers from across the nation and 5,000 members of the National Guard, bolstering the already large law enforcement footprint imposed on everyday Washington. The numbers this year are the same as in years past.

There are some possibilities. One is that this is a deliberate overreaction as a show of force to deter anyone even thinking about causing a problem. In a rational world, given the Capitol Hill riot, that would be an obvious explanation.

But this massive military show of force smacks of protecting against a threat that has not yet been disclosed publicly. They seem to be planning against a military mutiny. That’s how it feels.

Something’s happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear.


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Seems pretty heavy-handed if all those people you claim voted for you support you.

    Brave Sir Robbin in reply to 2smartforlibs. | January 16, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    The message is clear. There shall be no dissent expressed to a Biden presidency. Not even peaceful assembly as guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. And the abrogation of these rights will be, very sadly, enforced by the US military.

    As I said in an earlier post, the logic of virtual cancellation leads to physical cancellation.

    What has our nation become?

    Right. You don’t need 25K troops to protect a wildly popular President, you need them to protect a usurper.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to 2smartforlibs. | January 16, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    I bet that they will have Antifa and BLM wearing MAGA hats, just like happened at the Trump rally. Bet this gets really nasty.

      But if BLM and Antifa people do this, the troops will not be sent to hurt them. They will let them cause damage and violence and then “escape”.

      The troops and the law enforcement agencies will then be sent to round up the usual suspects-with mass arrests of conservative groups (and some conservative politicians) with the pre-written story blaming them for the DC violence.

      They are evil.

    Milwaukee in reply to 2smartforlibs. | January 17, 2021 at 12:26 am

    What happened at the Capitol on the 6th smells to high heaven—smells of a false-flag operation. Those running it desperately needed protestors inside the building. Hence, the lackadaisical security. On one side they simply let people walk in, and greeted them. On the other side, resistance was minimal, token at best, and easily over run.

    For the Inauguration, there are tons of armed personnel, with orders to use live rounds. Who is the single person in charge of all that weaponry? Are there common rules-of-engagement? Will we have friendlies firing on friendlies? All that fear stoking will easily lead to confusion. A false flag operation will have little trouble provoking some shooting.

    All summer the Antifa/BLM riots have suggested false flag operations. Trained, well equipped individuals were riling up the crowd, and they’re the ones who were breaking windows and forcing entry, and then stepping back and letting the youths carry out the TVs. Marxist have long held the position that racial tensions are an excellent way to disrupt civil society. The Newark riots in the 60s were primed with Marxist pushing White cop/Black victim narrative. If the Federales are honest, they should be able to identify everybody who entered the Capitol, where they went, and what they did.

    Unfortunately, the dumb-bum from the Department of Prisons, the in charge of security cameras around Jeffrey Epstein’s cell, was transferred to the Capitol Police. We won’t be looking at any useful video tape. He didn’t kill himself.

      tmet01 in reply to Milwaukee. | January 17, 2021 at 12:02 pm

      100% agree. It was a false-flag uprising led by BLM/Antifa types. This explains why no additional support was provided for the Capital cops.
      Just another move by the left to further their goal of making the real President look bad.

This is not an inauguration event for a man who was fairly elected by a wide margin. My bet: This is Kabuki Theater, to explain why the American people ghosted Xiden’s swear-in ceremony.

    Projected media report on this travesty: Thousands throng to attend Xiden’s swearing in!

    MattMusson in reply to Leslie Eastman. | January 16, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    There are more US Troops protecting the Green Zone in DC than the Green Zone in Iraq.

    And, yes. The FBI referred it in their official paperwork as ‘the Green Zone.’

      AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to MattMusson. | January 17, 2021 at 10:34 am


      At last count, the recent totals in both Iraq and Afghanistan is 2,500 combined. Yet, the Weekend Warriors protecting the District of Communism is 10 times that.

      Trump only had 5,000 without the “Hunger Games” theatrics on display now – and he had real death threats and more than 60 protests at his inauguration.

      Security this high for the most revered pResident elect who attained more votes than His Highness, Barack the First – The Won.

    Milwaukee in reply to Leslie Eastman. | January 17, 2021 at 12:28 am

    The armed military are at risk–the false flag operatives need some innocent blood.

Colonel Travis | January 16, 2021 at 12:20 pm

Remember when Trump wanted a military parade and the left made him sound like a Soviet dictator? Now, wen something happens that really says “Soviet dictator”, We’re told this is necessary and there are no alarms sounded, except against we the people. How Soviet dictator-like. Who ordered all this? I know who said bring in the NG, but who is actually running America now? I have no idea.

    Conservative Beaner in reply to Colonel Travis. | January 16, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    It isn’t Biden or Harris.

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to Colonel Travis. | January 17, 2021 at 10:40 am

    @Colonel Travis

    Remember. You know that you are free when you can make statements about your political leadership. You know you are a serf when any comment about your political leadership is censored and the Stazi shows up at your door.

    You know you are free when you can stand on the town square and peacefully seek redress for grievances. You know you are a serf when counter protesters arise and shut you down with the tacit and expressed approval of the armed agents of government.

    Welcome to Amerika.

It would be a foolish conservative group to call for a rally in DC on the 20th after what happened on 1/6. If they did they might as well paint red laser dots on their foreheads. Conservatives aren’t going to DC to disrupt the Inauguration, and they sure won’t go to watch.

I lean towards the “massive over-reaction” theory myself, with a twist: this heavy-handed show of force ALSO serves as a reminder to the American people who exactly is in charge, and just how little dissent and protest the new regime* will tolerate. In the days to come I suspect we’ll see a similar ‘reaction’ at many federal buildings around the country where conservatives might be expected to gather (I do wonder if they’ll do this at the Portland federal courthouse). We’ll see the Biden regime take other steps to remind everyone that dissent is no long patriotic.

That’s what this seems like to me.

* on regime: the left constantly referred to the Trump administration as a ‘regime’; I’m just returning the favor.

    Yeah, my initial thought was that the new administration wants to signal that dissent is treasonous.

      Brave Sir Robbin in reply to Sanddog. | January 16, 2021 at 1:30 pm

      The word that is being used is sedition. Ride around with a “RESIST!” bumper sticker at your own risk.

        Subotai Bahadur in reply to Brave Sir Robbin. | January 16, 2021 at 6:44 pm

        There must be plenty of “RESIST” stickers still about from the days when the Constitution applied. How about discreetly putting them on the bumpers of Leftists’ cars?

        Subotai Bahadur

          AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | January 17, 2021 at 10:46 am

          @Subotai Bahadur

          RESIST stickers must be accompanied by a Biden, Obama, or Bernie sticker – or on a Subaru or Prius. Other cars will be viewed closely, and considered probable cause for police action.

      Grrr8 American in reply to Sanddog. | January 16, 2021 at 4:05 pm

      No — that patriotism is treasonous to the new Biden-Harris Junta. Counterrevolutionaries are to be labeled “domestic terrorists” and “white supremacists.”

    MattMusson in reply to stevewhitemd. | January 16, 2021 at 5:05 pm

    Panem doesn’t like it when the Districts talk back.

    Vladtheimp in reply to stevewhitemd. | January 16, 2021 at 6:50 pm

    The smart money says the Democrats cancelled the Inaugural Parade (recall they TORE DOWN the partially constructed stands) because they feared the whole thing would turn into a giant MAGA Rally.
    Well, they’ve made that an impossibility, so why not have a parade where the National Guard can march by a small set of stands occupied by *President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, Commie Harris and their Handlers Barack Hussein and Moochelle Obama, George Soros, Black Lives Matter, the Media, Big Tech, Xi Jinping, Hollywood and La Raza?
    Leftists love spectacles. . . .

It highlights the “danger” from the “insurrectionists.”

No, there doesn’t need to be some secret threat to justify the heavy military presence.

The build up makes perfect sense if you accept the (insane) narrative that the people who broke into the capitol were the first wave of a true insurrection (intentionally stoked by President Trump).

This is the world the left wants people to believe in. Why would you be surprised that some people then act as if they believe it? (Even if they don’t(

This is optics. There is no need for a division of armed troops to be infesting the city. There is no reason for the city to be shut down to this extent. This is designed to get the populous used to para-military forces being used to defend against an shadowy, unconfirmed threat. It is to set the ground work for travel documents and ID stops. It is to get people used to control. Does anyone really think that 20,000 troops are going to stop a million, or more, outraged citizens, if those citizens wish to enter THEIR capitol city; without resorting to violence? Not a chance.

The establishment stole an election. They did it in a very transparent way. And roughly 50% of the citizenry is angered, if not outraged about it. And, that is the 50% which the Establishment does not control. It will take time for the disgruntled citizenry to present an immediate threat to the political elite. And, the establishment needs time to institute stricter controls on the populace. This is only the beginning.

They’re throwing paper out the bus window so they can say it keeps wild elephants off the streets of Milwaukee.

They may be preparing for the deification of Hillary. Biden will “offered” by Obama, Cameltwala will be “offered” by Valerie Jarrett and Hillary will be enthroned on the Mount of Moloch by Pelosi and Assembled Eunuchs.

The assembled occupation force is related to a rumor that Chuck Norris does not approve and is reportedly heading to DC

This grand display of the military is intended to buttress the “insurrection” hoax. Have you noticed over the past few days how Nutcracker Nancy has now added a new word to her vocabulary > “insurrection”.

    henrybowman in reply to Sherwood. | January 16, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    Well, I’m sure that term will be consuming her mind until Trump is finally out of position to invoke The Act That Shall Not Be Named.

Rightly or wrongly, 39%, oops, 43% of the American populace believes the eletion was fraudulent. This kind of absence of popular faith on the part of people whose basic political instinct is to trut leigtimate authority is perhpas the wort existential threat to the Republic since 1861.

With wise, humble, tactful, and genuinely constitution-minded leadership, we could move back from the brink of real insurrection and civil war. But I do not see such leadership on the horizon.

    JoeNobody in reply to Kepha H. | January 18, 2021 at 9:59 am

    I think it’s closer to 90%, although 40% are in favor of it, since they cherish not Liberty. May their chains set lightly upon them, and may posterity forget that they were our countrymen.

Remember the good old days of “stolen election”, “selected not elected”, and “regime change begins at home”, who would have thought that those were prophetic of what’s now happening?

I think the Capitol riots really messed with the heads of the politicians there that day. To me, this unprecedented military deployment and lockdown of Washington DC indicates fear. In simple terms, the left are scared shitless.

I think most of these people in Government are so sequestered, and have lived in such bubbles of perceived safety for so long, that the threat of that bubble possibly being popped never occurred to them, until it did.

The Capitol riot was bad, and as we all know, people died. However, this deployment is overkill given both the known and projected threats. Professor Jacobson is right on the money when he says “You don’t need 25,000 armed National Guard troops to protect an inauguration”.

    Lucifer Morningstar in reply to SField. | January 16, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    You don’t need 25,000 armed National Guard troops to protect an inauguration”.

    No, you don’t. But when you have such an over-inflated opinion of one’s own self importance and a severe case of paranoia, then 25,000 armed National Guard troops make perfect sense.

    buck61 in reply to SField. | January 16, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    it also messed with heads of the military, stories out there that were well aware there could be problems on 1/6, help was requested and none was sent. now you have the over reaction to save face and try to scare off anyone from trying again.

When authoritarians fear, they then show force. Our Democrat Governors have been evidencing this for months. If the curtain draws back to show the real thing, they pounce. Hence Newsome’s shutdown after pictures at the French Laundry.

Didn’t President Trump order this?

    Mac45 in reply to snopercod. | January 16, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    Probably not. This was reportedly done through a coalition of Pelosi, McConnell and Pence. Trump has washed his hands of the government of the US. The entire governmental system has criticized him, stabbed him th back and now is actively working to unlawfully oust him from office.

    The old posters of G W Bush saying “Miss Me Yet?” will have Trump’s face on them in a few months. And, with a lot more feeling.

      JoeNobody in reply to Mac45. | January 18, 2021 at 10:00 am

      In D.C., the NG is under Trump’s command. Not so in states, where they would need to be federalized, but in D.C., he is still the Commander in Chief.

    henrybowman in reply to snopercod. | January 16, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    Since no Democrat Rent-a-Riots are evident, my guess would be no.

Brave Sir Robbin | January 16, 2021 at 1:40 pm

25,000 soldiers in DC. No one can go in. Nothing to see here, right?

Do they realize that, up until Jan 20, those are Trump employees? I thought we hated anyone that served Trump.

    henrybowman in reply to Anchovy. | January 16, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    Only if he federalizes them. Otherwise, they belong to their state’s governors. And it’s instructive to research which states they were mobilized from, if you haven’t already.

16 trimesters and in progress. The narrative must be sustained.

My two cents. Wondered days ago it wasn’t a preemptive operation against the many theories President Trump was going to declare his EO order from more than a year ago about a election gone fraud.
Now after Jan 6 think it’s kabuki theater that Trump wanted a revolt and the new administration has to, like other Leftists in history to protect the government change. Reinforces the narrative of that supposedly Capital takeover, also those supposed armed protests that are to occur.

Prediction: Biden won’t leave the White House for public appearances where there are actually public in attendance.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to txvet2. | January 16, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    If he passes away, will be a body double for weeks, if not months.

    Lucifer Morningstar in reply to txvet2. | January 16, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    Prediction: You won’t see Biden at all for the four years of his regime after he is inaugurated installed in the White House Jan 20th.

      Well, you do have to allow for TV. They can record any number of token appearances and toss one out every now and then, even after Harris quietly has him locked in his room.

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to txvet2. | January 17, 2021 at 11:07 am

    And any media scrutiny will be quickly shut down. Now that Acosta has served his purpose, he was removed from the White House. There will only be fawning media permitted to ask questions. Even the now left wing Faux News will not be able to ask topical and jarring questions like “boxers or briefs.”

The chief of the Capitol Police told the Washington Post that he was turned down six times by security officials when he requested National Guard troops in the lead-up to the “riots” on the grounds that soldiers guarding Congress would be bad optics. Well, what are the “optics” going to be like next Wednesday when there will be armed soldiers guarding a barricaded capitol while a fraudulently-elected and demonstrably corrupt “president” is “virtually” installed? The Left will have gotten their wish to remake America into a third world country.

ScottTheEngineer | January 16, 2021 at 1:57 pm

Every time a democrat takes office a bunch of Americans get killed by the ATF/FBI etc…
Wonder who its gonna be this time.

Texted my son who has been in the Army for 12 years to see if he had any idea why so many National Guard are in DC. He replied: IDK. If there was a real threat they wouldn’t be standing around on street corners with no ammo looking dumb as hell. They would call up the professionals instead of the JV team.

So its not acceptable to even discuss what dissent will look like?

Most of the troops being sent to Washington DC SEEM to be military police units from both the National Guard and active duty Army. I’ve been a MP in the National Guard and they are being sent for law enforcement duties and potentially for riot control. Take scared politicians, a possible lack of trust in the Capitol police and other Federal law enforcement and the desire/need to prevent things from getting out control and sending 25,000 National Guard and active Army troops to Washington DC makes sense. It is relatively inexpensive and the troops (with the possible exception of the Washington DC National Guard unit) have no real links to politicians or other important people in Washington DC. I would be very concerned however if they started sending armored and mechanized troops to Washington DC.

Who called them up??

(Just wondering, in light of Mike Lindell’s comment yesterday upon leaving his Oval Office meeting with President Trump.)

    MarkS in reply to lgstarr. | January 16, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    Methinks The My Pillow guy is full of it. He posted on YouTube Sunday that Trump would be president for another four years


IMO this is d/progressive/elites/uniparty overreacting.

Recall Sen L Graham flapping around in the immediate aftermath of the breach at the Capital Buildings. He seemed very rattled, possibly for good reason. He has been all talk during his tenure as.Chair of Judiciary committee. ‘We are going to hold hearings and hold folks accountable: Russian collision myths, FISA violations, etc.’ Never happened. Just DC Kubuki.

If he is any indication of the remainder of DC uniparty then it seems like they are afraid that the next round might result in an old fashioned ‘tar and feather’.

These folks got spooked for good reason. A peaceful crowd was infiltrated, used by those with other purposes as cover, resulting in some folks who had no intention of entering the Capital buildings being deceived and agitated into acts they didn’t wake up planning.

A crowd can turn into a mob quickly. Especially when people start of with grievances that they feel are being ignored.

That scene wasn’t too much further away from real and truly lasting damage. Imagine if they had managed to get hands on AoC or the impeachment managers or ‘auntie Maxine’? That could have gone sideways fast.

IMO this deployment is an indicator of the fear the DC uniparty has for the average citizen. It’s way too much and they will pay a political price. One can’t argue against deployed and armed NG troops in the face of actual riots when DC uniparty has endorsed them for potential threats.

As to threats, there probably are, Heck almost certainly are too many real threats out there to mention. There are plenty of whacky people with various real and perceived motives against DC uniparty that are actionable.

Let’s not forget that a percentage of the threat is genuine. That doesn’t excuse the massive overreaction but keep in mind the average DC uniparty member is scared witless of the average citizen deciding not to play along with their grift any longer.

    scooterjay in reply to CommoChief. | January 16, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    “…..but keep in mind the average DC uniparty member is scared witless of the average citizen deciding not to play along with their grift any longer”

    They aren’t blue collar. Reminds me of the time Rep. Joe Wilson (You Lie!) dropped by our factory for a tour. He looked like he was terrified of us. It is the angle we need to use against them. They are afraid of blue collar people

This is a pretty massive operation for just optics, and definitely for protecting a couple-dozen attendees of a virtual inauguration. It must be to support some other play that will be set in motion soon. Given the rapid slide into totalitarianism we have already seen, I fear the worst but am trying to figure out what that might be.

The Democrats know that support for Trump is massive now, and may have actually increased in the last 2 weeks. They also know that they’re actually in the minority, if not for fraud. Given that, there must be some type of event/action/response that shows that they will put down any resistance with the most severe and heavy-handed response.

Will they set up some stunt or false flag insurrection to blame it on the right? There won’t be any media on the streets to counter any claims.

Will they use the supposed persistent threat of insurrection to permanently lock down DC and keep a huge troop presence there to avoid any future protests against their upcoming horrible agenda? That seems likely regardless of the possible stunt.

I guess we’re living in interesting times again, unfortunately. Just remember that they usually foreshadow upcoming plans by projecting them on the right. You can usually tell what’s about to happen by what the media starts writing about as well.

    felixrigidus in reply to james h. | January 16, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    That does not seem likely. It would be a huge blunder, given the fact that Washington D.C. could hardly be more leftist with their 90% Democrat vote.
    Note to Republicans, if we want to really deal with the Deep State, should there ever be the possibility to do so, perhaps getting all federal agencies spread over the entirety of the states, especially into fly-over country, and only keep the Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court, perhaps the DoD, in Washington D.C., would probably do more to restore a non-leftist normal American culture in the civil servants than any other measure ever could hope to bring about…

      Chuckin Houston in reply to felixrigidus. | January 16, 2021 at 3:54 pm

      I think we should go further and covert DC into a ceremonial capital similar to Krakow in Poland and move both the ‘Whitehouse’ and Congress to either a small (i.e., not big enough for major league sports team) city or a brand new city somewhere in the hinterlands. Make the lobbyists, deep state lackeys, consultants and various and sundry influence peddlers move on their own nickel. Spread the wealth and power around! It’s obscene that 5 of 8 highest per capita income counties are in the DC area.

        henrybowman in reply to Chuckin Houston. | January 16, 2021 at 4:55 pm

        The only problem is that none of us who actually live out here want it.
        It would be like being invaded by California expats, only armed ones.

        Actually, that’s what they did in the first place. They built it in a swamp.

          Milwaukee in reply to txvet2. | January 21, 2021 at 1:11 am

          In the interest of saving the planet and stopping global warming, or global climate change, or something, we should ban Air Conditioning in Washington D.C. government offices.

          I would make an exception to hospitals or medical facilities, but they would all of a sudden decide that unusual places are suddenly medical facilities.

          The living quarters of the White House should be the first to give up air conditioning in the name of fighting global something, you know, the thing.

        billdyszel in reply to Chuckin Houston. | January 17, 2021 at 9:08 am

        It might make sense to move the swamp creatures away from the swamp. That won’t happen in a Harris/Biden regime, though.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to james h. | January 16, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    “Will they set up some stunt or false flag insurrection to blame it on the right? There won’t be any media on the streets to counter any claims.”

    One, they already did a false flag operation.

    Two, Media would willingly be active coconspirators.

Well, I am still getting emails soliciting funds from the Republicans that have a tone of pitched hysteria.

Now, after they threw him under the bus and put us in the worst possible position, they want to capitalize on the disaster brought about by their hubris and unjust antics. The Repubs at the national level are part of the problem. They will doubtless benefit from this coup.

    Grrr8 American in reply to Valerie. | January 16, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    I have a theory that Mitch McConnell (and several other GOP) are compromised by the CCP (albeit likely not as much as the Bidens). That would make a devil’s pact for the GOP to cooperate with the fraud — and so prevent exposure and jail for CCP entanglements not just logical, but likely. Craven people like that don’t care about selling out their country.

    Welcome to the United States of Fang Fang.

      Honestly I don’t think so.

      I think McConnell is just that fucking stupid that he thought he could have a round of Failure Theatre and safely get rid of Trump and the rubes would just fall in line behind him.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Valerie. | January 16, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    Not one cent.

This kind of article below is what I mean. This makes me feel like they will somehow put the troops or police in a situation that looks like some are staging a coup. To what end? Perhaps purging the police or military or justifying the permanent closure of DC I mentioned? I guess we’ll know in a few days.

    henrybowman in reply to james h. | January 16, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    I’d be curious to know, with all those armed meat puppets in DC to keep our communist masters warm and toasty, whether their places “back home” are being secured by anything more threatening than a couple of Ring doorbells.

Well, the occupation of the Capital must have been ordered by President Trump.
They are National Guard though..

“Military Buildup In D.C. Makes No Sense, Unless They Know Something We Don’t”
I respectfully disagree. It makes perfect sense given only what is publicly known.
On January 13 2021 Democrats with the votes of 10 Republicans impeached the President for the second time. The Article tries to portray mortal danger from a mob incited by the President to injure and kill. They have spread the fable that squads of insurrectionists were set to capture and kill members of Congress – a lie for which there is not a shred of evidence, we know because the DOJ belatedly corrected the record.

The optics of a military emergency, therefore, is needed to justify the extreme hysterics the political class has spread.

As an added bonus, just as wearing one or two masks in public against “the virus” is more useful to reinforces fear than actually protect anyone from the virus, the “we are under serious military threat” induces fear and consequently makes the populace more compliant. If it looks like war is imminent those that don’t hate America, sc. those not on Biden’s side, will be far less likely to make the job of the President harder.

Yes, this is a cynical view. But the past decades, and especially the past four years, more than justify this.

So, I respectfully disagree with the professor’s conclusion.

    PrincetonAl in reply to felixrigidus. | January 16, 2021 at 3:00 pm


    Its optics designed to instill fear and compliance, and create a sense of emergency where there is none.

    And justify it in the future.

You now believe there must be some threat to the incoming administration. You believe that because you see the reaction to that assumed threat.

Congratulations: you have just been convinced that there is a true, violent threat on the horizon. The public will ALSO be convinced of this.

All we need is a leak to the NYTimes to tell us who that threat is…

There is no threat. But you now believe there is one. The persuasive manipulation works. Ask Scott Adams.

    CommoChief in reply to MrMichael. | January 16, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    Respectively, I disagree. I would wager the over/under for true threats v Biden exceeds a dozen.

    That doesn’t justify more troops in DC than in Al Anbar province circa 2006/2007 during the ‘surge’ of forces in Iraq.

    There are all sorts of kooks across the spectrum, right, left, center you name it some whacko with appropriate training/experience to accomplish violence is there.

    Once more, that does not justify the force level in DC. That is a ‘briefing’ data point to attempt to calm the rattled DC uniparty members. They just had their first look at average citizens in a long time and it scared them because some of the citizens allowed themselves to be manipulated into entering the Capital.

so….not a virtual inauguration ??

The Dems response to the capital building demonstration is way overboard. They are magnifying the severity of it so they can justify what their going to do in the near future. They plan on destroying the Republican Party and Trump supporters and making changes so that Democrats will rule our country as a one party state.

Grrr8 American | January 16, 2021 at 4:00 pm

Yes. As a Christian I cannot in good conscience accept, much less participate in the “Big Lie” that this was a “free and fair election.”

To do so helps advance the designs of the “Democratic Socialists” (and their Corporatist-Fascists funders behind the curtain). Both of those are forms of Collectivism (alongside Communism and Progressivism). All forms of Collectivism are, at root, Satanic evil.

Whether you want to call this a color revolution or a coup, any good Christian should bear witness to what has just been inflicted upon this Divinely-inspired country.

Leftists in history don’t use a weak military force for any kind of actual brute force, usually it’s a top grade unit.

So, DHS gave the order for the Occupation.
Buy I recall the Portland riots, and Trump was willing to help, but it required a request for assistance from the Governor, which did not come.
So, this would also require a request from the Governor of Virginia?

    Found it.

    Virginia Governor Ralph Northam authorized the VNG support after a request from the mayor of Washington, D.C.

      It is not quite that simple.

      DC is a federal enclave. It is not a state and has no governor. The DC National Guard answers directly to the President, as CinC, via the DOJ. Now, there are several agreements, between DC and surrounding states providing for providing National Guard units in various circumstances. But, in most cases, providing NG units to DC requires the tacit approval of the President, as CinC. Trump gave that by declaring a state of emergency and then handed the authorization over to Pence and the SecDef.

      Interesting note. The combined strength of the Army National Guard; in DC, Maryland and Virginia; is only about 12,000 troops. This is most likely a Title 32 activation, which would require the consent of the state governor.

        Mac45 in reply to Mac45. | January 16, 2021 at 4:36 pm

        “The DC National Guard answers directly to the President, as CinC, via the DOJ.” should read “The DC National Guard answers directly to the President, as CinC, via the DOD.”

          Mac, I could link it.
          But it requires the request from the Governor, which he gave.
          It’s there. In black and white.
          This is merely a slap in the face to Trump… no more, no less.

          Mac45 in reply to Mac45. | January 16, 2021 at 7:23 pm

          Northrup agreed to send Virginia National Guard units to DC. This is required when a state’s NG is mobilized under federal Title 32. DC is not a state and has NO governor to request assistance. Also, being a federal district, it is, ultimately, under the control of the Congress and the President, not the mayor. The DC NG, along with some active duty units, were activated this summer by the President, over the objections of the mayor, who finally acquiesced. Probably after someone pointed out that she had no choice in the matter.

everyone needs to watch a movie, can’t remember if it was called ‘shadow on the land’ or ‘shadow over the land’. you might find it interesting, if you can find it

The extent to which I’d protest in person during the inauguration, would be to turn my back and encourage others to do the same as he took the stage / drove by in his motorcade.

And keep it up for the next 4 years.

Just the other day I read that the Biden team cancelled the inauguration rehearsal over security concerns. Where there’s a host of national guardsmen in DC, that seems very strange and invites the question whether Biden and co. regard the NG as friendlies or hostiles. At the same time, photos of the guardsmen sleeping in the halls of the Capitol building and Trump isn’t complaining that I’ve heard. Hell I could envision DJT and Melania serving them with food and beverages. Biden? Not so much. If they were called up for Biden and he was confident of that, why the fears about the rehearsal?

The purpose of the buildup is to reinforce the delusion — the Left’s lastest Big lie — that we are in the midst of an insurrection led by Trump.

1) steal the election
2) seize the capitol
3) …

“But this massive military show of force smacks of protecting against a threat that has not yet been disclosed publicly. They seem to be planning against a military mutiny. That’s how it feels.”

Is this to suggest, there’s a Constitution-friendly — ie, pro-Trump and presidentially authorized, DOD-sanctioned — brigade-number of troops or more, seen, prior to the pre-noon invocation by PDT of the Insurrection Act, as being rogue and with the possible intention of, first, securing Capitol Hill, and, second, what, something parallel to preventing Joe and Kamala from being unlawfully, unduly, unconstitutionally sworn in to head an anarchic, totalitarian, Maoist/Alinskyite/Neo-Marxist regime?

Whatever is meant by the way it feels, I’ll have some of that “military mutiny,” anyway. After all, it’s the Constitution, as conceived, ratified, and amended, and its ordered liberty — now or never more, I sense. In other words, it’s crunch time for the republic, if we aim to and can keep it, whether we recognize the very possible critical moment or not.

“Damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead”! I recall a famous Union Navy cry, commanded during our first Civil War. So, “Go, freedom!” What could be more American?

PS: I hope there’s ample air cover for the imagined Union recovery force and that, seeing this, the 25,000-member Guard quickly realizes the only right and lawful, constitutional side by abandoning Nancy & Chuck’s, Joe and Kamala’s insurrectionist foolishness: it’s simply treason.

Surreal: We’re actually here and I’m almost incredulous about it. How’re you dealing with it?

I can point you to websites still saying Biden will not be inaugurated January 20. Two I peruse on a regular basis. I think they’re currently out in left field somewhere.

But- Harris and Biden aren’t behaving like winners. And Trump isn’t behaving like a loser. We’ll know on the morning of January 21.

The Marines at 8th and I have been put on alert status. IIRC, their primary duty is White House protection.

BTW- according to what I’ve read, my military status as a retiree is 8I. When the enemy gets to 8th and I Street in DC I’ll be recalled…. Very old joke.

Having been involved in a couple of low-level psyops over seas and several in country with organized crime, this one really has me baffled. But it is definitely following the number one protocol, neutralize and normalize any and all resistance to advance your planned objective. Whatever really happened January 6, it sure got all the swamp rats requesting and now very comfortable with 25,000 soldiers, fences and barriers. I also wonder how many of the 25,000 are blended in with a specific planned objective of coordinated locations, people, intel and backup for something we’re not seeing or we’re missing, and that’s the number two protocol. God Bless America and He’s still in control, so I’m at peace.

From Mike Pompeo’s twitter account earlier today:

“This isn’t the Cold War. This is something different. The China threat is already within our borders.” –United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (1/16/2021)


Subotai Bahadur | January 16, 2021 at 7:39 pm

1) “The riot at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, likely could have been contained and people kept out of the building with a couple hundred more riot police, or maybe a few hundred.

The Denver Oblast of the Peoples’ Democrat Republic of Colorado is 154.90 sq miles and has roughly 750,000 people living there [more with commuters during the day]. There are 1824 sworn members of the Denver Police Department, responsible for the protection of that area and those people 24/7/365.

The Capitol Police, which is totally separate from the DC Metro Police, is under the exclusive control of Congress and is only responsible for the 20 buildings and facilities on about 16 acres of Capitol grounds. There are 2000 sworn members of the Capitol Police. They are as fully militarized as any modern urban police force and it showed January 6. In addition they had virtually unlimited reinforcements available from DC Metro Police and other police agencies that they have mutual aid agreements with. I wore a badge here in Colorado for 28 years and am passing familiar with this.

The problem was not the lack of a couple of hundred cops.

2) The goal of this show of force is almost certainly a well planned “false flag” event designed to justify imposing a regime suspending the Constitution formally.

3) Just a bit of my history geek coming out, but we have all heard of the German SS in WW-II. “SS” was the abbreviation for Schutz-Staffel in German, which means “Protection Unit” and referred originally to the NSDAP’s bodyguard for its inner core; Hitler, Himmler, Goebbels, und so weiter. Over time the SS grew until it not only ran the death camps, but it created an elite military rival in size and equipment to the regular German Army.

The unit that was Hitler’s own personal bodyguard expanded until it became the Liebstandarte [Life Guard or Body Guard Regiment] Adolf Hitler. Just my strange geek sense of humor, but I can visualize Liebstandarten named after Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and/or Nancy Pelosi.

Subotai Bahadur

I see that my last two comments have been removed. I’m disappointed that LI has joined the cancel culture that the Professor has opposed.

    You do realize there is problem bigtek right now…
    They can jerk the rug.

      snopercod in reply to snowshooze. | January 17, 2021 at 7:37 am

      If we can’t speak freely on LI, then what’s the point of being here? I think I’ll take a break for a while (no big loss to LI).

        Sorry to hear this, snopercod, but I understand. It is possible that you are not aware of what is happening right now and that it is likely to get a whole lot worse before it gets better. If that’s so, you may find it informative to read Professor Jacobson’s and the Red State post on AT shutting down their comment section. I think these posts may help you comprehend that your ability to post whatever flits through your head is not more important than our maintaining our comment section for everyone else to enjoy. Further, we have this odd desire to retain our ability to be on the internet, go figure. Wouldn’t you feel horrible if something you wrote contributed to our being deflatformed and leaving no one here a place to comment at all?

        This is not about you (or about anyone else complaining about their comments being removed; heck, I’ve had my OWN comments removed), so if you feel that you would rather not read LI or comment here within our guidelines (no violence, no racism, no name-calling, etc.), then as I said, I understand and hope we see you again some day.

just the first big public act of ” Caracas 4.0 “

is biden bringing in his basement furniture to the oval office, it has been his comfort zone for months

Removing comments isn’t cool, LI.

If PDJT had a plan in which he needed 25K+ troops in DC, how could he accomplish that without the swamp screaming “Military coup!”

By inviting MAGA for a peaceful demonstration on the 6th, knowing the swamp would use their troops, antifa, to storm the Capitol dressed as MAGA in order to discredit MAGA?

The hysteria of the 6th allowed this 25K+ deployment seem like a reasonable, even necessary and prudent reaction.

What plan requires 25K+ troops? Not sure, but they’re there, and the swamp caused it to happen and appear reasonable.

Could be 5D chess by PDJT, or maybe I’m drinking too much scotch while enjoying this show.

(((Disclaimer- I think some actual PDJT supporters got caught up in the heat of the moment on the 6th and made very bad decisions. Some which cost them dearly. I do not enjoy the violent portion of all this and hopefully all the agitators will be brought to justice soon.)))

“You don’t need 25,000 armed National Guard troops to protect an inauguration, and you certainly don’t need that and more to protect a mostly virtual inauguration.” True, 25,000 military folks milling around in DC is pretty pathetic. But you need to cut Biden some slack. It’s his first day. By the end of his regime, when the next illegitimate president is installed, he’ll have those troops goose-stepping in military parades like we see in China, North Korea, and other dictatorships.

Bucky Barkingham | January 17, 2021 at 7:24 am

The USA is rapidly devolving into a Third World country so why be surprised when we see Third World tactics?

Justice for Ashli Babbitt!

I just love how we get silenced due to some unseen “Karen” fretting that a bunch of old guys like myself would actually start shooting people.
I certainly hope not….but if you had done that in the 1770s we wouldn’t be here today.

would bet the buykam junta is praying(or paying)for someone to provoke the 25k weekend warriors on site–they can’t miss this public opportunity to reinforce/underscore their “capitol riots” narrative–if one of those guardsmen is foolish enough to open fire on unarmed citizens, on whatever pretext, we will know for certain that our lives from hereon will be allowed and regulated at the barrel of a weapon

can’t speak for any of you here, but am not going to live the rest of this life in that manner

Had Trump put someone like Miller as secdef a year ago, would he have garnered National Guard to protect the White House?

Look, they couldn’t find anyone else to show up for the inauguration. You couldn’t have Biden standing there alone with just his staff.

biden is not being inaugurated…he’s being installed as a puppet.

“Something’s happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear.”

Why does that sound familiar? Oh yeah.

“For What It’s Worth” -Written by Stephen Stills, performed by Buffalo Springfield, 1966

“There’s something happening here
But what it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware

I think it’s time we stop
Children, what’s that sound?
Everybody look, what’s going down?

There’s battle lines being drawn
Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind

It’s time we stop
Hey, what’s that sound?
Everybody look, what’s going down?

What a field day for the heat (Ooh ooh ooh)
A thousand people in the street (Ooh ooh ooh)
Singing songs and they carrying signs (Ooh ooh ooh)
Mostly say, “Hooray for our side” (Ooh ooh ooh)

It’s time we stop
Hey, what’s that sound?
Everybody look, what’s going down?

Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you’re always afraid
Step out of line, the men come and take you away

We better stop
Hey, what’s that sound?
Everybody look, what’s going down?

You better stop
Hey, what’s that sound?
Everybody look, what’s going down?

You better stop
Now, what’s that sound?
Everybody look, what’s going down?

You better stop
Children, what’s that sound?
Everybody look, what’s going down?”

The Military buildup in D.C. is the only audience Biden could attract.
And they didn’t want to be there either.

If you have a radio, get it out. Keep it handy. Get fresh batteries. You may need it on Wednesday. Ever hear the EAS go off for a national emergency before? It’s a frightening sound.

We’re heading into unchartered territory. Trump could choose the swamp option, and just retire comfortably. But he knows this is actually a WAR WITH CHINA. Not a shooting war. Yet. That probably won’t happen, unless they launch the invasion of Taiwan. Then all bets are off.

But right now, they have infested the halls of Congress, governors’ mansions, and every major corporation, media empire, tech goliath, and bureaucratic hellhole, including the FBI and CIA, with spies. And they own the leftist traitors who work there. Now they have openly interfered in our election to seat a usurper in the Oval Office, along with a few extra stolen seats in the Senate (and House!) to give them total control of the nation.

Trump will not let this go. Because if he does, the Republic is dead. And a half dozen nations surrounding China will almost immediately cease to exist. And India has nukes, and would rather start WWIII than submit to the Chinese bulldozer.

Again, unchartered territory. But it’s a last chance. A hail Mary. And God help us if it doesn’t work.

Sorry, this is not a threat at all. It’s a media circus designed to sell more newspapers and get more eyeballs watching TV. By posing the question of a threat and bringing in troops, they hype the public in order to get viewers watching an otherwise very boring event. Yawn!

Update: FBI now doing background checks on NG troops stationed in D.C.

Now, this is scary. This one reason why we have always had a citizen army to avoid military coups. The make-up of the military is designed to make it a neutral organization within the government. The same is true of LEAs. Partisan litmus tests became so bad, in some state and local LEAs that many states actually have statutes which specifically prohibit it. Civil service laws were enacted to make difficult to establish a partisan or personal government infrastructure.

The underlying problem here is that the politicians KNOW that the last Presidential election was a travesty riddled with coordinated election law violations and fraud. Evidence mounts daily that this is the case. So far, the political establishment controls the civil government, to the point that it will not entertain any request to investigate the charges of fraud, let alone act to redress them. Their answer, to their own security problem, was to bring in the military for protection and support. They did this believing that the military is a mindless beast controlled by general officers. This is, of course, a falsehood which is widely believed by liberal with no military experience. The reality is, that the basic foundation of the US military is the “work around”. Lower level officers and most non-coms spend most of their time finding ways to complete their mission, as they see it, while not directly violating direct orders, many of which are both stupid and counter-productive. Somebody has realized this and is now setting the stage for a “loyal” military.