That meme pretty much sums it up.

We’re aware that a number of conspiracy theory sites are attempting to get people spun-up about JADE HELM, a military exercise that is occurring in parts of nine states, primarily involving special forces units.

If you’re really interested in the theories, you can read about them on Wikipedia.

The fact of the matter is that similar operations have been run around the nation for decades, and most aren’t known to the public at all… even when, like JADE HELM, they are in plain sight.

Here in North Carolina, ROBIN SAGE has been running since 1974 across 15 North Carolina counties that make up the fictional Republic of Pineland, and will start again tomorrow:

Robin Sage, a role-playing exercise that is the culminating event of Special Forces training, will be staged over several counties in the Cape Fear region between Wednesday and Aug.4.

In Robin Sage, Special Forces candidates support guerrilla forces in the fictional country of Pineland, which encompasses parts of 15 counties. The exercise has been held regularly since 1974.

It is the final training exercise before students graduate and move to an assignment with one of the Army’s Special Forces units.

The students participating – from Fort Bragg’s John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School – will be tasked with infiltrating areas in small groups to train guerrilla forces to move, fight, communicate and provide medical aid, officials said.

The only real difference between JADE HELM and ROBIN SAGE is that JADE HELM is occurring in more widely varying terrain across a wider geographic area, and that it’s new to people in these areas. Here in central N.C., it’s just background noise, like the sound of jets near Air Force bases, or the sound of artillery strikes in the distance several times a year at Bragg.

Folks, if there was ever going to be a Special Forces-led military coup in this nation, it would be against the federal government, not on behalf of it. More than 1,100 active duty and retired Green Berets—who specialize in raising local forces to overthrow governments—made known their position and opposition to the tyrannical tendencies of the Obama Administration in 2013, where they very politely hinted to President Obama that they would  not kindly accept unconstitutional attempts gut the Second Amendment.

JADE HELM is just the latest in a very long line of military readiness exercises.

Let it go.

Coups don’t hold press conferences, nor do they carry out their attacks in rural areas miles outside of small towns with zero strategic importance.

If you find yourself giving the JADE HELM conspiracy theories any credence at all, begin doubting your sanity.

Rest assured, we already do.