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Old 06-22-2011, 08:25 AM
 
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Why More Troops at Korean Border Than U.S. Border?

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Old 06-22-2011, 08:26 AM
 
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Well this is just a theory, so feel free to correct me, but I'm going to go ahead with the "it's because North Korea might invade" angle.
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:50 AM
 
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Well this is just a theory, so feel free to correct me, but I'm going to go ahead with the "it's because North Korea might invade" angle.
A more complete answer is that they provide a cause celebre for a US entry into war if an invasion occurs. The 28k people (really, well under 20k for ground forces) are there to provide a speed bump and to draw in a general US response. As a practical matter, it's like the forward basing of US armed forces in Europe during the Cold War.

The general point is a valid one, though. The DoD assigns so many people (and spends so much money) on various foreign affairs, that is makes the problem of southern border security look rather trivial. Lack of political will, not resources, is the issue.
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:58 AM
 
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We are being invaded.

What happen to protecting our house first instead of your friends house?
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Old 06-22-2011, 09:09 AM
 
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We are being invaded.

What happen to protecting the house first instead of your friends house?
I could not agree more. I remember recently when I was visiting Seoul, I saw a group of South Koreans in tears. When I asked what was wrong, one of them struggled, through sobs, to explain to me that North Koreans had been seeping through the border and offering South Koreans services in exchange for currency. If one South Korean declined, they would just go to the next, and the next, until they found a person willing to trade money in exchange for labor. My heart broke for them.

I felt foolish, remembering that I had recently asked some South Korean friends if they feared a war. I did not realize that the war had already begun.
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Old 06-22-2011, 09:16 AM
 
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Good point. You don't see 20 million North Koreans sneaking past the border. And they actually live under a dictatorship.
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Old 06-22-2011, 09:26 AM
 
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Good point. You don't see 20 million North Koreans sneaking past the border. And they actually live under a dictatorship.
If you were put on a quiz show, and they asked you to name 5 differences between Southern California and a country being invaded by a massive military force, do you see yourself advancing to the next round? Or is that just a hopeless situation for you?

To call immigration from Mexico an "invasion" is some grandiose hyperbole.
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Old 06-22-2011, 09:33 AM
 
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Good point. You don't see 20 million North Koreans sneaking past the border. And they actually live under a dictatorship.
How do you feel about the use of land mines as a deterrent against illegal immigration?
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Old 06-22-2011, 09:39 AM
 
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How do you feel about the use of land mines as a deterrent against illegal immigration?
The same way you feel about protecting Americans from illegals who would kill, rape, rob, maim and torture them.
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Old 06-22-2011, 09:43 AM
 
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If you were put on a quiz show, and they asked you to name 5 differences between Southern California and a country being invaded by a massive military force, do you see yourself advancing to the next round? Or is that just a hopeless situation for you?

To call immigration from Mexico an "invasion" is some grandiose hyperbole.
No, it isn't. It fits the definition of an invasion. It is an unwanted and uninvited intrusion.
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