There’s no denying it: Operation Jade Helm 15 has moved firmly into mainstream media.
The new military exercise has spawned widespread conspiracy theories since news of it first leaked in March. The exercise across several states in the Southwest is expected to include elite service members from four military branches. That has prompted fears of martial law, among other ideas.
Comedian Jon Stewart took on the issue in a segment titled “Fear and Absent Danger” on Monday night. He opened with news of the shooting at a controversial art exhibit in Texas in which people were asked to draw the prophet Muhammad, and then shifted to Jade Helm.
“You know who’s calling it a Texas takeover?” he asked. “Lone Star lunatics.”
Stewart cut to a clip of Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria, a spokesman for U.S. Army Special Operations Command, appearing at a recent forum in Bastrop County, Tex., where his motives were questioned. Stewart noted that “crazy people” are common at local government meetings across the country, but expressed disbelief that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the Texas State Guard to monitor Jade Helm 15.
“Oh dear Lord,” Stewart said, after a news clip of Abbott’s recent decision played. “Yet another waste of Texas funds that could have been spent on actual threats, like your infamous chainsaw massacres. Texas, it’s not that I don’t find it adorable that your governor thinks your State Guard could take on the United States military. It’s like a little dog growling at a big dog, or an 8-year-old picking a fight with the Predator.”
As Checkpoint has in the past, Stewart noted that it doesn’t appear there is anything new about Jade Helm. Texas hosted military exercises when Rick Perry, a Republican, was governor, and he seemed comfortable with them. Nothing has changed, Stewart said, other than President Obama entering the White House.
“America elected a brutal socialist Muslim Kenyan ineffective Harvard-schooled constitutional professor agitator warlock,” Stewart said sarcastically of Obama, pausing for effect. “So Texas, it appears you are on the verge of being taken over by [the Islamic State], or the United States of America. So you have a choice to make, and when you make it just remind yourself — and I never thought I’d be saying this — what would Rick Perry do?”