For many, the scenes being broadcast out of Washington DC lately are heartbreaking…and they aren’t going anywhere any time soon.
After the attempted insurrection of January 6th, the National Guard deployed tens of thousands of troops to the nation’s capital in anticipation of a number of rumored attacks on the Capitol and other sensitive government locations. These attacks have not come to fruition in the least, despite the FBI’s continued warning about the danger they pose.
Furthermore, troops stationed in The Beltway have complained of horrid treatment, from being forced to sleep in frigid parking garages in the dead of winter, to being fed rotten and undercooked protein during their stay.
And that doesn’t even take into account the way the world peers in on a “free” nation whose capital is under military lockdown.
To make matters worse, the Pentagon just re-upped the entire affair for another two months.
The Pentagon Tuesday evening announced Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s approval of a request by U.S. Capitol Police for a two-month extension of National Guard troops through May 23.
The number of troops will be reduced, however, from approximately 5,000 to 2,300 between mid-March and late-May.
‘Nearly 2,300 National Guard personnel will continue the support mission. This represents a reduction of nearly 50 percent of the current support force. This decision was made after a thorough review of the request and after close consideration of its potential impact on readiness,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said in a statement.
His statement added the number would reduce further “as conditions allow.”
“During this extended period, DoD officials will work with the U.S. Capitol Police to incrementally reduce the National Guard footprint as conditions allow. We thank the National Guard for its support throughout this mission, as well as for its significant efforts across the nation in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
The move is certain to elicit criticism from many members of Congress, who’ve already been consistent in their lambasting of the allegedly pointless deployment.
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