• Occupied Washington: What’s Really Going on with Troops Garrisoning D.C.?

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    Surge Summary: Now weeks after the Presidential Inauguration, National Guard troops from around the nation are still occupying the nation’s capital – and razor wire is surrounding Capitol Hill. What’s going on? People – including some in Congress – are beginning to ask.

    by Gary Bauer

    In recent days, we have reported on the continued presence of National Guard troops in Washington, D.C., along with a massive fence topped with razor wire surrounding Capitol Hill.  (When President Trump deployed razor wire at the southern border, the left was apoplectic.)

    Kudos to columnist Byron York for asking the obvious question:  Why?

    It’s been a month since fighting broke out in the Capitol Building, and the inauguration was two weeks ago.  But as York notes, the fencing around the Capitol “extends for blocks . . . in every direction.”

    Pressed to explain why thousands of National Guard troops are still occupying Washington, Acting Secretary of the Army John Whitely said this:

    “There are several upcoming events — we don’t know what they are — over the next several weeks, and they’re concerned that there could be situations where there are lawful protests, First Amendment-protected protests, that could either be used by malicious actors, or other problems that could emerge.”

    Whitely’s bizarre statement is hardly an explanation.  And exactly who is concerned that these lawful events could get out of hand?  Who ordered the troops to stay?  President Biden?  House Speaker Pelosi?  Senate Majority Leader Schumer?  Washington, D.C., Mayor Bowser?

    There are lawful First Amendment activities in Washington all the time, and the National Guard is never called out.  President Trump struggled to get the Guard deployed after days of rioting around the White House this past summer.

    Senator Tom Cotton, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said there is no intelligence that justifies the continued presence of thousands of National Guard troops in the nation’s capital.   So why are the troops still here?

    One reason may be that our political elites are simply trying to discourage any First Amendment events and protests from taking place at all.

    If I were paranoid, I might suspect that whoever ordered the troops to stay in Washington may know that they didn’t actually win the election.  But that would make me a conspiracy theorist.

    Perhaps they understand that their radical policies being pushed through executive orders are deeply unpopular and they don’t want to face angry constituents.

    Whatever the reason may be, the American people deserve answers as to why their capital looks like something out of communist China or Baghdad. Yesterday I joined dozens of conservative leaders in demanding that Nancy Pelosi tear down the razor wire fence that currently surrounds the Capitol.

    By the way, several Republican governors have ordered their National Guard troops to return home.  But why would the governor of Illinois send troops to secure Washington, D.C., while not doing anything when dozens of people are shot in Chicago every weekend?

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge

    Originally Posted here.

    Image: Screen Shot: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/national-guard-troops-washington-dc-mid-march/

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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