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Old 01-30-2019, 02:58 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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29 Jan 2019
Military.com | By Oriana Pawlyk


The Defense Department has been asked to put up more concertina wire and conduct expanded surveillance along the U.S.-Mexico border, which will likely require "several thousand" more troops to be deployed, the Pentagon's acting leader said Tuesday.

There are approximately 4,500 active-duty and National Guard forces currently stationed at the border, down from about 5,900 in November.

Entire Article At: https://www.military.com/daily-news/...my-a_190130.nl
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Old 01-30-2019, 04:11 PM
 
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Such theatrics. Poor soldiers.
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Old 01-30-2019, 06:03 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Such theatrics. Poor soldiers.
There could be worse military assignments...

As a U.S. Soldier, I pulled guard duty briefly on the US/Mexican border in 1968 around El Paso/Ft Bliss... I could have had worse assignments...

That was my first introduction to the Great SouthWest United States.
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Old 01-31-2019, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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Such theatrics. Poor soldiers.
a bit sarcastic are we? I think if you don't have anything productive to say you might just bite your tongue. That is what my upbringing taught me.
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Old 01-31-2019, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Murrica
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It's just another mission. I'd rather defend the borders of the US than Afghanistan.
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Old 01-31-2019, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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The US has the habit of taking military bases during war-time and holding those bases for many decades after said war. My last duty station was a base that we took from the Nazis in WWII. A lot of US servicemembers are stationed overseas to guard US interests on foreign soil.

I would prefer that the bulk of our servicemembers be on US soil. Whether they be 'guarding' an international border, or picking up roadside trash, who cares?

Everyone complains about how our DOD costs too much, but we have become the policemen of the planet. For any single nation to expand its armed forces to cover 80% of the planet, demonstrates questionable ethics.

We would freak out if the Greek army wanted to begin exercising joint legal 'jurisdiction' on our soil, by rolled their tanks on our roads and openly carrying weapons in our neighborhoods.
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Old 02-06-2019, 10:34 AM
 
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Such theatrics. Poor soldiers.
Yep, I feel even more badly for them than the fed workers who got furloughed for 35 days.

These poor people volunteered to fight for our country, and Trump is using them as pawns to push his political agenda.
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Old 02-06-2019, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Yep, I feel even more badly for them than the fed workers who got furloughed for 35 days.

These poor people volunteered to fight for our country, and Trump is using them as pawns to push his political agenda.
I served on Active Duty for 20 years.

Are you suggesting that any US service member is serving somewhere where he/she is NOT a pawn being used for some political agenda?

Every vessel I have been a crewman of, and every duty station where I have been assigned, have all been for the purpose of serving some political agendas.
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Old 02-06-2019, 02:59 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Yep, I feel even more badly for them than the fed workers who got furloughed for 35 days.

These poor people volunteered to fight for our country, and Trump is using them as pawns to push his political agenda.
My wife is a retired "fed worker". She applied for a job and was selected, she worked as a Federal Employee for years, and eventually earned a retirement. She had good assignments/jobs as well as bad ones... She never had to "fight for our country".

I do not agree with the "furloughed for 35 days", it appears to be politics.

Tell me, which politician has never pushed their political agenda?
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Old 02-06-2019, 04:06 PM
 
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Yep, I feel even more badly for them than the fed workers who got furloughed for 35 days.

These poor people volunteered to fight for our country, and Trump is using them as pawns to push his political agenda.
"You take the king's schillings, then you do the king's bidding"
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