Pentagon rejects Trump’s request to expand powers of the military at the border.

By |2018-11-03T13:33:51-08:00November 3rd, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |8 Comments

In short, the US military will NOT be shooting rock-wielding migrants at the border. 

Courtesy of Vice:

In the run-up to deploying over 5,000 troops to the US-Mexico border, the Trump administration went to the Pentagon and asked whether or not those soldiers could basically serve as law enforcement along the border.

The Pentagon wasn’t having it.

CNN’s Ryan Browne and Nicole Gaouette reported Friday that military leaders rebuffed the Department of Homeland Security’s request that the troops “provide ‘crowd and traffic control’ and safeguard Customs and Border Protection personnel” — roles that would have given soldiers more expansive authority than they currently have under US law.

Instead, the Pentagon signed off on a narrower set of authorities: Troops will provide Border Patrol agents with logistical and air support, as DHS prepares for a caravan of migrants from Central America that is approaching the US. The idea is that they’ll be doing things like helping transport agents and erecting razor wire on border fences.

But as the CNN report underscores, Trump would have had the military play a much more dramatic role, if he could have. In a bid to boost Republican turnout at the midterm elections, Trump has been stoking xenophobic fears about the caravan by implying that it’s brimming with Middle Eastern terrorists. He’s suggested he could end up sending up to 15,000 troops to deal with the threat.

During a speech on Thursday, he said that the troops should shoot migrants if they throw rocks. The language conjures up the image of direct confrontations between migrants and US troops. But in reality, the troops are there to assist civil authorities, and they’re not expected to come into direct contact with migrants.

So despite what Trump may have envisioned there will be no clashes between these poor immigrants and our National Guard troops. 

The whole thing is just for show to fire up the conservatives anyway and has no actual value when it comes to controlling the flow of immigrants across our southern border. 

But one has to wonder how fired up these conservatives will be when they get the bill.

Courtesy of WaPo:

The total price of President Trump’s military deployment to the border, including the cost of National Guard forces that have been there since April, could climb well above $200 million by the end of 2018 and grow significantly if the deployments continue into next year, according to analyst estimates and Pentagon figures.

The deployment of as many as 15,000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border — potentially equal in size to the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan — occurs as the budgetary largesse the military has enjoyed since Trump took office looks set to come to an end.

Although the costs of the border deployments will be a tiny slice of a $716 billion annual defense budget, they arrive as the Trump administration is calling on the Pentagon to cut unnecessary expenditures. The White House recently ordered the Pentagon to slash next year’s budget for the military by about $33 billion in response to the largest increase in the federal deficit in six years.

Veterans and Democratic lawmakers have complained that Trump is wasting military dollars in a politically motivated stunt ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections, at a time when the Pentagon budget is under pressure.

Yes, it is indeed a stunt. 

Barack Obama even called it that in his recent speech.

Somebody needs to inform Donald Trump that the military is not his own personal box of toy soldiers that he can play with whenever he feels like it. 

They have important jobs to do, like for instance protecting us from attack, or if need be removing a dictator from his seat of power. 

You know, if need be. 

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  1. Anonymous November 3, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Somebody needs to inform Donald Trump that the military is not his own personal box of toy soldiers that he can play with whenever he feels like it.
    I think they just did! If HE can blatantly disregard the constitution and do whatever the hell he wants, tit for tat!
    You don’t know jack shit, “mister” president, we’ll go about our business, commander-in-chief or not. Works for me!

  2. abbafan November 3, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    …”or if need be, removing a dictator from his seat of power”…
    Truer words could not have been spoken, Gryphen.
    That is fat-boy’s worst nightmare!!

  3. Anonymous November 3, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Since the caravan is so far away, only moving at about 2-3 miles per hour and won’t arrive for at least a month, the photo ops of all these troops sitting at the border picking their noses is going to be really boring. If I were a fiscally conservative tax payer, I would be pretty livid my tax dollars were being wasted on this fiasco.

  4. Hillary 2020 - just watch! November 3, 2018 at 10:09 pm


    A government of the people and for the people requires voting by the people.

  5. Anonymous November 4, 2018 at 3:26 am

    I don’t think trump supporters care if he wastes taxpayer money as long as he keeps those “bad” people out. They haven’t figured out they get nothing from his tax scam for the rich, I would be surprised if any of these morons realize where the money is coming from to begin with.

  6. “our boys" November 4, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Fred Phelps, was the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church. The church is made up of about seventy people, and 90 percent of them are members of my immediate or extended family. Growing up in Westboro Baptist Church: We were “true believers,” EVERYONE else the enemy – My grandfather was Fred Phelps, who founded the notorious Westboro Baptist Church. This is what he taught us.
    I had been born a member of the only church on Earth whose congregation was going to heaven, and I had been taught from birth what happened to everyone who wasn’t. I wanted to make sure I knew all of God’s punishments by heart.
    Where there is a great gulf between you and the people in heaven, who can see you being tortured and taunt you for not heeding their warnings about God’s wrath while you were alive…
    Staring down at the list, my eyes filled with tears in spite of myself. Gramps loved me best when I was terrified for my immortal soul—which was most of the time. When people speak of him, the word “hate” comes up a lot. As in, “hate group.” Or “the most hated man in America.” Or “the man who loves to hate,” as one news story put it. The media covered my grandfather endlessly, which he loved. Did it bother him that they almost uniformly wrote about how terrible he was? Quite the opposite. He saw himself as a prophet, and as he often told us, throughout history people have always scorned prophets—right up until their prophecies come true.
    I was told that civilization outside of WBC was made up of sinners, alcoholics, drug addicts, and lost souls with no moral compass. There was no gray area: You were either one of us, or you were depraved and doomed. BE
    terrified especially of gay people, because according to the WBC, homosexuals were the absolute worst of the worst, the most dangerous group of people in the world. As long as I can remember, I was told daily that they were the bottom rung on the ladder of depravity, sending all of America to hell in a “f*****t’s handbasket.” Gays were to blame for all the country’s natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and school shootings. My only view of life outside WBC was that it was an orgy of sin, that absolutely everyone was bound for eternal damnation. For over 20 years, the church has picketed every day, 365 days a year. No exceptions. There is at least one daily picket in Topeka, our hometown, and sometimes there is also an organized picket in another city. GOD HATES F**S, our most well-known sign, was the enduring mantra of the church.
    “A nation is doomed when it proudly embraces, exalts, and institutionalizes fag filth,” “fighting for a “filthy f*g nation, a sinful nation given over to perversion, a rebellious nation who will not hear the Word of the Lord, a nation covered with wounds and bruises and putrefying sores from the sole of her foot to the top of her woolly head.”
    WBC sees pickets as a battlefield: God’s people vs. “workers of iniquity,”

  7. Beaglemom November 4, 2018 at 11:37 am

    I fear that Mattis’ days are numbered. Ever since the day when Don the Con said that Mattis was “sort of a Democrat,” I feared the worst. At this point, Mattis seems to be the only relatively sane person working for this administration.

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