It may well be that the best federal response to the federal building takeover in Oregon is to be low-key and slow to act. This is not acceptable to anyone who supports Black Lives Matter or to anyone who has ever been harassed while protesting. At least the differences must be duly noted, the most cogent being that the Bundy militia is white.
My main interest in the event is in the on-going anti-government movement and, especially, it’s strange ties to government itself. Right now in the United States there is a movement among some law enforcement personnel in the Oathkeeper’s association. Most Oathkeepers, who swear to not uphold federal gun laws should they become more restrictive, are in the employ of county sheriffs. It just so happens that the sheriff of Harney County is not an Oathkeeper. I base this on the quote from the Guardian today (link to story here): “These men came to Harney County claiming to be part of militia groups supporting local ranchers when in reality these men had alternative motives, to attempt to overthrow the county and federal government in hopes to spark a movement across the United States,” said Harney County Sheriff David Ward.
With no apologies to the Bundy brothers, I predict that the big battle will occur when a militia stands up in such an illegal manner in an Oathkeeper county. Then the feds will be up against a fully armed sheriff’s department, possibly armed with military grade equipment from “Homeland Security.” Then they will be in a county populated by enough right-wingers to keep that OathKeeper county sheriff in office. From what I have read the majority of the populace are not supporting the Bundy militia.
Methinks the Bundys wanted action and didn’t think the whole thing through tactically. Or, the chilling possibility exists that they expected to be dead by now.
The truth probably lies in between, but the Feds have created a tactical situation by allowing the standoff to begin, by not acting immediately.
The onus is on the militia to finance and staff a standoff, to not fire a weapon, start a fire, or misbehave at the grocery store.