jadehelm1By now if you’re a prep­per (and even if not) you pret­ty much have to been liv­ing in a cave or under a rock not to have at least heard of Jade Helm. But for the ben­e­fit of any­one read­ing this who hasn’t very briefly Jade Helm is a very large scale mil­i­tary exer­cise hap­pen­ing now (as of writ­ing this) in the Southwestern/Western states espe­cial­ly (though not exclu­sive­ly) Texas, New Mex­i­co, Ari­zona and parts of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

The offi­cial word is these are just exer­cis­es as have been done in the past with lit­tle fan­fare, albeit nev­er before on such a grand scale.  On the oth­er hand the usu­al sources are full of deep dark con­spir­a­cy the­o­ries about plans for mar­tial law, door-to-door search­es for (take your pick), mass round ups of Amer­i­cans etc etc. Do a Google search and enter­tain your­self.

A lot of well-known and respect­ed prep­pers have voiced con­cerns about it. I too def­i­nite­ly see the poten­tial for this to be the stage for some­thing bad now, or, prepar­ing plans for some­thing in the future. There can be no argu­ment American’s free­doms, lib­er­ties and Con­sti­tu­tion­al rights have been ignored and tram­pled on par­tic­u­lar­ly over the last 6–7 years.

How­ev­er in this arti­cle I’d like to offer anoth­er, dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive.

In my life each time there has been some sort of nat­ur­al dis­as­ter (flood, hur­ri­cane, earth­quake etc.) or “man-made” act (ter­ror­ist attack, mass shoot­ing, etc) peo­ple have cried out the gov­ern­ment was unpre­pared and/or act­ed inept­ly in the imme­di­ate after­math. These claims are def­i­nite­ly not on the while with­out good cause.

So as prep­pers what’s the answer? Prac­tice!

All the best plans look great in the­o­ry but until you actu­al­ly try them out it’s bare­ly worth the paper their print­ed on. Dur­ing an emer­gency shouldn’t be the first time you try a strat­e­gy or use a tool or piece of equip­ment.

We as good Amer­i­can cit­i­zens want our gov­ern­ment to be pre­pared and ready to help Amer­i­can cit­i­zens when some sort of SHTF hap­pens. Some dis­as­ters are just too mas­sive for sim­ply local com­mu­ni­ty response (not to men­tion that’s part of the rea­son we’re pay out­ra­geous tax­es!). And regard­less of what our politi­cians are say­ing and doing most Amer­i­cans still have pride and faith in our Ser­vice peo­ple to help and do the right thing.

So what do you want?
How do you expect our Ser­vices to be bet­ter pre­pared for the next SHTF dis­as­ter if they aren’t trained and as close to real­is­ti­cal­ly prac­ticed as pos­si­ble?

We live in a very odd world today like­ly none of us real­is­ti­cal­ly fore­saw even just 10 years ago. The threats to Amer­i­ca and the Amer­i­can peo­ple are all too real. While I don’t for a moment dis­count the poten­tial for how this can get real ugly real fast (regard­less of the polit­i­cal winds), I think it’s very rea­son­able to con­sid­er that an exer­cise is just that: The oppor­tu­ni­ty to train, pre­pare, and re-eval­u­ate our nation­al readi­ness to deal with a cri­sis.

Some­times a cig­ar is just a cig­ar.

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