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The US border situation isn’t a national emergency, Pentagon officials tell Congress

By Quartz

Congress members tasked with overseeing the US’s massive military grilled Pentagon officials today (Jan. 29) on one of Donald Trump most controversial orders—sending troops toRead full story

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  • Note the answers are in response to questions posed by Dems. Try living along the border. Telling people that they ought to move if they don't like it is like telling Chicagoans that they should leave if they think there are too many murders.

  • To be sure, the President is the Commander in Chief and has the prerogative to direct military deployments. At the same time it seems in the past, both Republicans and Democrats would argue that the President should listen to the Admirals and Generals on how to deploy troops (or bring troops home).

    To be sure, the President is the Commander in Chief and has the prerogative to direct military deployments. At the same time it seems in the past, both Republicans and Democrats would argue that the President should listen to the Admirals and Generals on how to deploy troops (or bring troops home).

    Yesterday’s hearings were quite revealing in how misguided troop deployment to the border was. Even more, how ludicrous the non-existent national emergency really is in face of actual national security threats.

    According to the article:

    Pentagon officials’ answers during the hearing suggest that they don’t believe an emergency declaration is warranted.

    US troops there aren’t operating on an emergency footing. 

    Rep Joe Courtney (D) ”Given the threat description that surrounded this order,” are the service members on the border getting the extra bonus that active duty troops receive when they’re deployed to an area near hostile fire or mine explosions”

    VADM Michael Gilday (Joint Staff Operations Director) “No, sir,”

    Rep Paul Mitchell (R) “What is the military is doing at the border that couldn’t be handled by the Department of Homeland Security, if they had the funding for it.”

    VADM Michael Gilday “None of the capabilities that we are providing are combat capabilities - It’s not a war zone along the border.”

    Rep Bill Keating (D) “Does the 2018 “National Defense Strategy,” the Pentagon’s annual review that’s used to allocate resources based on security threats, contain the term “Southern border,” or the word “caravan?””

    Pentagon Officials “No”

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