There is a NATO summit scheduled for Chicago later this month.
As a precaution, the city is planning to re-locate downtown residents to secret shelters outside in Wisconsin, where they will be safe from demonstrators.
This plan came to light only when a local TV station found out. Residents of Chicago were not supposed to be informed of all this. It might upset them. Bureaucrats do not want people to be upset. Upset people sometimes protest. It’s better that people be kept in the dark until there is a knock at the door.
Alas, sometimes they find out.
When a city creates plans to force residents out of their homes to ship them out of state, it’s a good idea to “up-play” this.
If NATO has to worry about demonstrators in Chicago, exactly what threat is NATO capable of dealing with? Exactly what is it still doing? Why is it doing whatever it is? It was formed in 1949 to meet the threat of the USSR. The USSR has been gone since December 1991.
When a multi-billion-dollar bureaucracy is created, it does not go away merely because the problem it was created to deal with goes away. New problems are discovered that must be dealt with, such as demonstrators in Chicago.
The public is not invited.
While the summit itself will be closed to the public, the Chicago NATO Host Committee is making plans for a variety of programs to inform our community about this historic event. The summit offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our city — and especially our students — to witness world leaders working together to address global challenges.
At least 2,000 journalists are expected to cover this event. Bartenders in the downtown area are getting ready. This will be the biggest event of the season.