(LA Progressive) -- Everything old is new again, says the line from the movie “All That Jazz.” And just to underscore that idea, consider the current melee raging around Jade Helm 15, the US Army’s training exercise scheduled for this summer in seven Western states.
Then consider how much this fracas echoes the uproar over a similar exercise, Operation Water Moccasin, from the early 60s. Similar reason for staging the exercise; similar location; and a similar cast of Conservative pundits and elected officials stoking the fires of hatred and xenophobia.
Not everything is the same between the two events, of course. Two large differences pop out right away. One is that the Army cancelled Water Moccasin, bowing to the pressure that the Conservatives stirred up among the civilian population. Thus far, the Army says they have no intention of cancelling Jade Helm 15.
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