Past Features

October 6, 2016

An Army of (N)one
Use Obama's globalized force on the border?


Left: Photo from "Army Training May Help...".
Right: Photo from ABP story on use of military on border -- "Guarding Trees".
Military.com  
Army Training May Help Thwart Drug Flow in Southwest US
    The Department of Homeland Security seeks to combat any number of threats, from lone wolf terrorism and installation defense to infectious disease and cyber intrusions.
    But the threat most discussed during a panel at this week's Association of the United States Army annual conference in Washington, D.C., was the war on drugs.
    Col. Mike Adams, director of operations, plans and training for Joint Task Force-North at U.S. Northern Command, said officials are looking at ways to leverage military training along the U.S.-Mexico border to help stem the narcotics flow. [...]
    Adams was one of several officials who participated in the forum.
    Others included Brig. Gen. James Blackburn Jr., deputy commanding general of operations, U.S. Army North... [...]
    Blackburn earlier in the panel joked that the problems the U.S. faces at the border will soon be put to bed once there is "a wall" --- a dig at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's aspiration to build a wall along the border to keep out illegal immigrants.
    But his comments sparked a question from an audience member, a retired Army colonel who didn't disclose his name, but said he served as a mayor of a small town of 16,000 residents in a country struggling to cope with rising heroin overdoses and illegal immigration.
    "We don't have the money to pay for" these problems, he said, so my plea "to you is whatever it takes: Stop it. We can argue about whether it's demand-driven, but we know where it comes from."

Glenn Spencer -- American Patrol Report
The Joke is on Us
  
  I started Operation BEEF to see if the government was really building the border fence.
    It wasn't.
    But as we regularly flew along the border (I was the pilot) we also checked on the deployment of the National Guard. Just like the fence, it was a joke.... (If you want a really comprehensive photo report on the use of National Guard on the border, go to www.americanpatrol.com and search for National Guard.)
    I invented technology that the U.S. Army could use to secure the border, but not only will the government not use it --- I suspect that it actively works to make sure it isn't used by anyone --- anywhere.
    Just like everything else that the government does on the border, the use of the Army is a joke --- on us.

    PS --- In the military.com story, an Army colonel says about drugs: "We don't have the money to pay for" these problems, he said, so my plea "to you is whatever it takes: Stop it. We can argue about whether it's demand-driven, but we know where it comes from."
    You bet, now look at this for a solution: Look at this link.

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