Sep 19, 2011

The Border: Pentagon Chafing at Border Role, Report Says "A report from the U.S. government says the Pentagon is cool to the idea of extending the deployment of National Guard troops along the Mexican border.

Military commanders have expressed concern about the seeming lack of a comprehensive strategy for the Guard and the long-term implications of keeping about 1,200 Soldiers tied down in the Arizona desert.
At the same time, the Department of Homeland Security says the Southwest Border Initiative launched in 2009 has paid off by cutting the flow of drugs and illegal immigrants into the United States.

The General Accountability Office said in a report issued last week that the big concern at the Pentagon is a "mission creep" situation in which the Guard's role evolves from a force for short-term emergency situations to one with long-term commitments to border security."

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