Keep an eye on that failed state to the south of us

Larger guard presence sought at border

Lawmakers from U.S. states bordering Mexico say they want a larger National Guard deployment to counter rising drug cartel violence.

U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, has proposed legislation allowing border-state governors to send as many as 10,000 guardsmen to the region, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Currently 1,200 guardsmen are deployed at the border, 560 of them in Arizona where lawmakers want a larger force following the Dec. 14 killing of a Border Patrol agent just north of Nogales.

A big issue here is whether the states call up their own troops or whether the federal government orders them to the border and pays them. While they spend billions so the TSA can fondle your wife’s breasts when she flies on an airplane they can’t fund troop deployments to protect the nation’s borders.

At least Murdoc isn’t bitter.

(Incidentally, Murdoc says send Active duty personnel instead of the National Guard.)

Comments

  1. There needs to be much more Guard involvement, and turn the place into a free fire zone pointing south. That will help to solve a bunch of problems endemic to that area.

  2. The troops being pulled out of Iraq need to go somewhere. So let’s kill two birds with one stone. I propose a new long, thin base from Texas to California.

    The troops could keep their desert skills up to snuff. And they could keep all those nasty US guns from making their way down into Mexico….

  3. Historically the Army maintained a string of forts along the border to defend it. Gee, what a novel concept. I don’t know why you could not do the same thing today. What’s ironic is that the 2nd ID has been tasked with the defense of South Korea’s border for the better part of half a century. But no unit is tasked with the defense of our border.

    They should assign a light infantry division to the southern border. They could then deploy the 12 or so infantry battalions along the border from small satellite forts that resemble national guard type camps rather than full-up army forts. If anyone has ever visited these types of facilities, you will know what I mean. A NG type camp would not take much to construct.

    Based out of a main fort like Hood, these battalions could then be rotated on 60 day assignments to the smaller satellite camps. From there they could fan out and patrol sections of the border.

    I think it would be excellent training because it would allow junior soldiers to get real world orienteering, patrolling, leadership and comm skills. Heck, most Army units stateside struggle to keep training interesting and realistic. With the threat of armed drug smugglers and human coyotes, this would definitely add to the thrill factor. With the occasional civilian interactions it would also provide good training for all those nation-building tasks our leaders love so much. I could even imagine visiting units from other Army or Marine units rotating in for training just like they do at the NTC.

    We’ve got enough troops. If there is a shortage, we could always start with bringing them back from Korea, Bosnia, Germany, etc. They’d do us more good on our border than overseas.

  4. As long as they don’t interfere with civilian operations [or hopefully assist with instead of interfere] such as legal, Sherrif authorized county patrols and interdiction operations, I’d say its a great idea. However, if they treat the locals poorly [juristictional turf war crap], I can see this really pissing people off.

    In other words, if the military does this, they better work WITH the locals, not try to usurp athority from the locals or there will be massive backlash.

    And yes, there ARE deputized, civilian patrols out there in Arizona right now, who pay for their own gear, ammo, and transportation. All volunteer.

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