Washington DC looks like a war zone at the moment, with tens of thousands of National Guard troops still sauntering about the nation’s capital, standing guard over once-bustling tourist destinations.
The military presence was deemed necessary in the wake of the attempted insurrection at the US Capitol back of January 6th, and during the inauguration of Joe Biden – an even that the FBI had repeatedly stated was the target of widespread chatter from domestic terror groups and white nationalists.
But now, weeks removed from that event, and without any recent uptick in FBI concern, many in Washington are beginning to wonder when the Guard will head home and the city will return to some semblance of normalcy.
Rep. Michael Waltz of Florida expressed his frustrations on the subject, and with the military’s lack of forthcomingness, in a recent appearance on Fox News.
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Waltz said, “We still have National Guardsmen out there, away from their families, away from their jobs, supplementing the police. And yet, we can’t get a briefing on what is this dire threat that requires so many people.”
He added, “I even spoke to the acting secretary of the Army and said, why do we have more troops in the Capitol than we have in Iraq and Afghanistan combined? And we still don’t have answers.”
The logical conclusion would be that the troops are remaining through the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, which is set to begin in Tuesday, fearing that the political spectacle could draw further extremisms to The Beltway, but no such claim has yet been made by the FBI or other law enforcement authorities.
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