The Hotel Zone is jammed with troops today for its entire length. At around 10:30 AM a number of troops with loaded weapons ringed the mall around the flag pole in front of Casa Maya. These were not your average boys in uniform. These were serious looking men with seriously maintained machine guns with clips inserted. Shortly thereafter two Navy helis landed on the mall and about a dozen officers in dress whites climbed out. Lot of salutes and handshakes all around with the bunch of guys in starched camos who had been waiting on the ground. I didn't see much else because the traffic jam had crawled past where I could see anything. And speaking of traffic, there wasn't a transito to be seen assisting in the overall mess. Does anyone know what's going on?