Tuesday, February 28, 2006

WHAT IF THEY DID?

VIA WorldNetDaily, we have something well, unusual…

“Anti-war activists planning to 'take over' White House”

http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=49026

“A leading anti-Iraq war group is advertising a plan to storm the White House next month and "take it over" until the Bush administration vacates the premises.”

Political Cooperative, one of the 1300 member groups of United for Peace & Justice, is the event sponsor:

http://www.politicalcooperative.org/data/tiki-index.php

http://www.unitedforpeace.org/calendar.php?calid=15790

From the United for Peace & Justice website:

“It is our duty and the duty of the United Nations to rescue the people of the world from the U.S. dictators… The Administration is Criminal and if they will not step down, we must storm in… The World Criminal Courts need to incarcerate Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld for admitted crimes and known crimes of international scope. The Political Cooperative will put a new, temporary government in place that is comprised of people from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and all the organizations that have finally made us aware of the truth”…

Now that’s a plan… Put Amnesty International in charge…

Sound and fury signifying nothing, I expect. But what if they did? What if 10,000 mad citizens, a smattering of them armed, some of them driving whatever trucks or busses they could commandeer, started down Pennsylvania Avenue… And just kept coming. Ramming gates and fences, running over cops, burning cars… Setting off bombs…

I’ve never been there; I assume the security is formidable. But I also assume it’s more geared toward obnoxious yet ultimately malleable crowds. What if, in order to protect the President and the White House, the defenders were forced to kill.. Ten? A hundred? More?

Would they do it? Tear gas, rubber bullets, and truncheons are one thing. What if it came down to using automatic weapons to stop a mob – or not stopping them?

Would they shoot? Would they stand aside? Would they defect?

An American Tiananmen Square. Or worse.

Comments:
The Air National Guard unit stationed at Andrews AFB is tasked with - and trained for - just such eventualities.

But the only eventuality that would permit it's use, politically, would be the declaration of Martial Law.

What *would* happen in this case, is the POTUS and any other high value folks would be long gone. The Secret Service would secure the grounds until reinforcements arrived from Fort Belvoir, or other locations.

I imagine the weapon of choice would be some type of anesthetic gas sprayed from choppers...
 
Knock everybody out then drag them off by their heels, eh? What a mess that would be... And what a media circus...
 
It's really the only way to work such a situation, short of mass bloodshed.

Of course, since the majority of the looney toons are pacifists, or otherwise intestinally unable to carry out such a scheme, I dont think there is much of a threat.

Now, if there was a large contingent of Union thugs, other courses of action may be called for. Behind the scenes actions, with the union leadership. Like threatening to pull a Reagan, to ban Unions from all federal facilities/activities...
 
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