Wikimedia Commons, by The National Guard: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:National_Guardsmen_near_the_Capitol_(2021)_B.jpg

Despite the lack of any publicly available, concrete evidence to justify the massive overreaction of deploying 26,000-armed National Guard Troops to the District for the Biden Inauguration, the Democrats, and others in government, have saddled taxpayers with a nearly half BILLION-dollar charge. As I noted earlier, during the Inaugural week, downtown Washington, DC was a desolate, heavily fortified, ‘no man’s land.’

The massive National Guard deployment brought troops in from all 50 states and four territories as law enforcement agencies essentially lock down the Capitol and downtown DC for Biden. The thousands of Guard troops were stationed behind unscalable fencing topped by razor wire at the Capitol, and across the city to block traffic and protect landmarks. Thousands of troops remain in Washington weeks after the Inauguration, and up to 7,000 are expected to stay until mid-March.

And this unprecedented, and many argue, unwarranted, show of military force in the nation’s capital doesn’t come cheap.

According to AP:

Officials said the nearly $500 million includes the costs of transporting Guard troops from their states to Washington, their salaries and benefits, as well as housing and other essentials. The officials were not authorized to publicly discuss internal figures and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Because the troops were activated by the federal government for more than 30 days, their health benefits are also covered, adding to the price of the deployment. Officials say the money is expected to cover the costs of the Guard through mid-March, when the troops are expected to leave. Between 5,000 and 7,000 troops are scheduled to stay in Washington through March 14.

The stated justification for this military ‘occupation’ was as a response to the ‘deadly’ January 6 Capitol riot, where hundreds of unarmed protesters swarmed and occupied the Capitol building. Though violent at times, only one person, a rioter – Ashli Babbitt – was confirmed killed directly in the riot. She was shot by a Capitol Police officer.

One Capitol Police officer died afterwards, but autopsy reports show no signs of injuries that could have caused his death. Three other protesters died of natural causes or existing medical conditions.

Various government sources, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) noted increased threat of ‘militia activity’ and their threats to come armed to Washington for the Inauguration, but no specific threat assessment that I am aware of seemed to justify 26,000 troops. While, in terms of security, I am always a strong proponent of better safe than sorry, this event certainly appeared like massive overkill.

Many called it ‘security theater.’ I also called it political theater, noting that it seemed as much a scare tactic to frighten average Americans of the made-up threat from Trump supporters and Republicans in general.

Ultimately, absolutely nothing materialized in Washington – except the $500 million price tag.


Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Dan Winright
Dan Winright
9 months ago

Nobody cares. The assination of America is near completion. Dumbocraps are just tieing up the loose strings. The next big change will be getting used to George soros on the dollar bill.

Luther
Luther
9 months ago
Reply to  Dan Winright

That’s when I will wipe my ass on a dollar bill

Ron Warren
Ron Warren
9 months ago
Reply to  Luther

That will contaminate your rectum Luther.

Jim
Jim
9 months ago
Reply to  Luther

When these assholes are done you won’t have a dollar bill.

Ron Warren
Ron Warren
9 months ago
Reply to  Dan Winright

Things were fine in this great nation until the ill-informed, uneducated socialist-Marxist 20 to 40 year age group decided on a takeover. They think they know everything yet they’ve built nothing. Matters of religious Faith are roadblocks to their anti-God agenda.

Gale
Gale
9 months ago
Reply to  Ron Warren

Don’t forget the education system teaching socialism.

Tod L. Bartels
Tod L. Bartels
9 months ago
Reply to  Dan Winright

Invest in popcorn ! in 13 months US Citizens purchased more small arms ( over 27,446,955 Million more ) than for all 6 years of US Involvment in WW-2 1939-1945 , Total US Small arms produced from 1939-1945, 16,385,840 ! Total small arms sold to the civilan public from Jan 2020 to Feb, 1st 2021 is total 43,832,795 million ( based on FBI reports ) add to that 2020 Ammunition sales up 92% ( FBI estimates ) so over 7.8 trillion rounds of ammunition. for a Ideal how much that is ,………….. over 950 for each person in the world !

So the battel isn’t over it has only begun !( PS) small arms designation was Light & heavy Machineguns , 2,679,840, Submachineguns 1,956,000 & Infantry rifles 11,750,000 , No record of hand guns/ sidearms ! feel free to research this yourself ! also look up Body armor makers , makers of AR-15 parts , survival foods , the price of technologicaly advanced camo ? combine all these trends it looks like war to me !

Example two AZ Bodyarmor makers ( AR-500 Phx.AZ, & Spartan Armor systems Tucson AZ. ) both are running 3 shifts and are a year behind on orders ! same with Ammunition manufatures ! Also Biden made it well known he intends to confiscate all AR-15s and simular class firearms ( semiauto sporting class ) and yet they are the fasting selling weapons ! WHY would people pay $$$$$$$$$$$$$ & lots of it for something that will taken without compansation ?????

Really hope I’m wrong ? but I noticed all those National Guard have NO Magazines , in their M-4s , No magazine pouches to carry mags , so Basically unarmed , just for looks , Could that be because the Democrats are afraid of the Military ?????

Gale
Gale
9 months ago
Reply to  Tod L. Bartels

Yes, the Demorats are scared of the Military.

Bob Weaver
Bob Weaver
9 months ago
Reply to  Tod L. Bartels

Hell yes they’re afraid,they know they stepped over the line when they went from Construction law too crap laws they make up.These people are insane!

Robert
Robert
9 months ago

Why not send the bill to the DNC? They are the only people to benefit from the armed guards.

Dan Tyree
Dan Tyree
9 months ago
Reply to  Robert

That shows that they are afraid. Let’s keep it that way

Wyatt
Wyatt
9 months ago

Biden and the Democrats don’t care , It didn’t cost them a cent . The American people foot the bill for their foolishness .