With the sun glinting off the U.S. Capitol dome, Fortress DC remains a veritable ghost town on the day that thousands of “armed insurrectionists” were supposedly expected. Instead, there is silence.
The sidewalks of Washington, DC are eerily empty, save for the occasional tourist couples taking photos of all the fortifications, fencing and the thousands of National Guard troops standing watch.
A brief tour around the exclusion zone shows no signs of any protests, demonstrations, or activism of any kind.
A steady stream of charter buses continues to ferry National Guard troops into town.
The arriving personnel will eventually bring the total number of troops in the capital to a reported 25,000, which is more than all of the American troops in conflict zones overseas.
Local media chatter is that the threat that has put the city on the highest alert today was probably a trolling operation. You don’t say.
Others, though, are suggesting reports of an all-out assault in DC was only a diversionary tactic so that the 50 state capitals would be more vulnerable to an “insurrectionists.”
However, with shadows lengthening here, the nation’s capitol remains quiet, as does the rest of the country.
The Biden Inauguration is now three days away.