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Senators Want National Guard On Border

From an outraged (that anyone would even suggest such a thing) Associated Press:

Louisiana National guard members stand near the area where what appears to be small oil globs have washed ashore at Fourchon Beach as efforts continue to contain BP’s massive oil spill on May 13 in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana.

Senators press for National Guard troops on border

By Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press Writer, May 20, 2010

WASHINGTON – Homeland Security and Pentagon officials are at loggerheads over a plan to send National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, even as President Barack Obama is pledging to bolster security there.

The Guard stalemate has festered for nearly a year, and frustrated lawmakers are demanding action to stem the spread of violence and drug trafficking that has spilled across the border into their states. The inaction raises questions about whether the White House is convinced the federally funded deployment is necessary, or whether border states will be forced to bear the costs of dispatching the Guard troops on their own

Fueling the discord over sending the National Guard to the border was the U.S. response to the Gulf oil spill, which has included federal authorization for deploying up to 17,000 National Guard troops.

Those costs, however, are likely to be borne by oil giant BP PLC, which leased the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon that exploded off the Louisiana coast April 20, killing 11 and releasing a huge, continuing oil spill.

We strongly suspect that paying for the National Guard will be at the very bottom of BP’s to-do list.

The oil spill notwithstanding, border state lawmakers say they need help too.

"If you’ll indulge me, we think we have another crisis on the border," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano at a hearing this week. "I want to know about whether you’re going to send the Guard to the border or not." …

"People’s homes are being violated, and their families can’t take kids to the bus stop," the senator fumed. "And you are very familiar with the issue, because you yourself asked for the Guard to go to the border back in 2006."

Napolitano, a former Arizona governor, responded that the request involves the White House as well as the Pentagon and the Homeland Security Department, and is still in the interagency process. While she said she would like the decision to be made as soon as possible, she added she could not say when she would have an answer

Ms. Napolitano herself asked for National Guard troops to be sent four years ago, and yet she is still saying that she “would like the decision to be made as soon as possible”?

People are being literally slaughtered on the border. How long did it take to decide to send troops to the Gulf to guard against the (possible) danger of tar balls? Don’t US citizens deserve at least as much protection as pelicans?

Still, these unnamed apart from McCain (but undoubtedly Republican), Senators missed the boat. They should have asked for National Guard troops on the US/Mexican border to guard against the ecological disaster that the illegal aliens are causing down there.

Can’t Congress hear Mother Earth crying out?

Won’t they at least ask for UN ‘blue helmets,’ if only to direct the traffic?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 20th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Senators Want National Guard On Border”

  1. canary says:

    If Obama had followed Bushes order, and responded to the requests , when he first came into office, it would not be a more dire situation. Obama is slow to react to crisis, cause he’s to busy partying, shopping, and vacations.

    • Right of the People says:


      That’s because you just can’t let a good crisis go to waste. They take time to exploit.

      If they send the Guard to the border I hope it is at least mechanized infantry with aviation support. Sending more guys on foot would only endanger them especially if they put some stupid ROEs in place. At least being inside of a Bradley or M-1 they’ve got some protection. And by aviation support, I mean Apaches not just Blackhawks. If those gomers want to fire at us with automatic arms (like the drug runners already regularly do) then we need reply with equal or greater force like a 23MM chain gun or a maverick missile.

    • canary says:

      The liberals didn’t appreciate the volunteer minute men who went to the borders and built walls.
      I mean it’s 2010 I’m sure they can put up an invisible electric fence with mechanics that make zap sizzle noises & let off smelly smoke. That might slow them down.

      At the least cheap tall rolls of barbwire or step it up to IED’s.

      If IED bombs are good enough for US troops to walk on, while giving humanity aid to the Taliban who’ve blow up their own schools, at least the illegal immigrants would have the advantage of knowing the proximity of where they’d be lined up.

  2. NoNeoCommies says:

    Arrest any and all environmentalist protesters and force them to perform community service by cleaning up after these poor, downtrodden illegals.
    They will quickly decide to either stop protesting or be very anti-illegal.

  3. Reality Bytes says:

    And voters wants the Senate in front of a firing squad.

  4. TwilightZoned says:

    “…action to stem the spread of violence and drug trafficking that has spilled across the border into their states”

    Land mines would work well.

    • Right of the People says:

      Claymores would be better, more dispersion of the shrapnel over a wider area.

      Seriously, Canary’s idea of a razor wire fence but armed with flash-bangs instead of IEDs would be a hell of a deterrent. The bright flash temporarily blinds them and the loud bang can even break eardrums and disorients the hell out of them. Couple this with a sensor and you could have agents there in a flash to respond. Even if they didn’t I don’t think too many wets would try it more than once.

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