What to do with our troops?

Today, I have been thinking about the problem of all our troops coming home. We should not leave them unemployed.

“Veterans are 50% more likely to become homeless than the average American.” Now, add to that our dismal economic climate and it’s hard not to worry about the 33,000 U.S. troops who’ll return home from Afghanistan by the end of next summer to high unemployment levels. What will they do?

Compare the number of troops we have along the U.S. border with Mexico to the more than 28-thousand U.S. troops stationed along the South Korean border with North Korea. The 1,200 guardsmen aid a little more than 20-thousand border agents along the Mexico border, and it’s just not enough.

The corporate media in the USA is extremely powerful and dumb down all Americans.  They want cheap labor pouring across US borders to drive down wages, so they invent simple phrases to confuse Americans.  “We are a nation of immigrants” is a meaningless phrase used to end rational discussion about what is best for the American people.  England and Mexico are also nations of immigrants.  In fact, most scientists agree that man originated from a spot in Africa, so every nation on Earth is a nation of immigrants and everyone’s ancestors were immigrants.  Even the misnamed “native Americans” came from Asia, albeit a few thousand years before those from Europe.

US citizens are not demanding new immigration laws, they just want the federal government to enforce existing laws.  If the nation needs more immigrants, quotas can rise and those selected screened for diseases, criminal records, and motives.  People who break the law by entering the US illegally, then break more laws by working illegally using false identification, do not qualify as potential good citizens.  To keep the gates for cheap labor open, corporate television along with corporate sponsored politicians have used irrational slogans to convince many Americans that putting US troops on the border is unconstitutional, illegal, impractical, dangerous, and futile.  This is why the few thousand “National Guardsmen” recently deployed to the border are prohibited from guarding the nation; they can only perform menial chores.

The US Constitution prohibits posting US troops on the border.

The US Constitution says NO such thing.  In fact, Article VI states:

“Section 4. The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on application of the legislature, or of the executive (when the legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence.”

So the US Constitution clearly requires the federal government to protect states from invasion.  Almost a million aliens illegally pouring across the border into states each year is clearly an invasion.

The Posse Comitatus Act prohibits US troops from guarding US borders.

Again this is false!

This 1878 act was enacted to prevent Union troops from continuing to enforce federal laws in the defeated South after the American Civil war.  Here is the text as modified by Congress in recent years:

“Sec. 1385. – Use of Army and Air Force as posse comitatus  Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”

Guarding US borders from foreign invasion is not “law enforcement.”  The US Army exists to defend the US from foreign invasion, which is expressly authorized by the US Constitution.  Guarding the Mexican border was the Army’s primary peacetime mission until 1940, and no one ever declared this was in violation of this 1878 act.  The US Border Patrol wasn’t even formed until 1924, so claiming the intent of this law was to prevent US Army troops from guarding the border is absurd. Clearly, defending the US border was a primary mission of the US Army for decades after this act was passed.

Some may argue that Chapter 18, Section 375 of Title 10 US Code prevents military personnel from direct participation in law enforcement.  However, defending US borders from foreign invaders is not law enforcement, it’s the basic purpose of the US military.  While defending these United States from invasion, civilian law enforcement may be called upon to assist the US military.  Does anyone believe the Border Patrol must operate fighter aircraft because the US Air Force can’t intercept aircraft crossing into the US because that’s “law enforcement”?

     When you read about proposals in Congress to put US troops on the border, those are not proposals to allow US troops on the border, but proposals to force the President to put troops back on the border.  However, recent Presidents have listened to their corporate advisors and their slogans and ignored the threat of unsecured US borders.

The National Guard should guard the border, not active duty troops.

Another myth!

The National Guard is an organized militia to deal with state and national emergencies.  Guarding the US border is a full-time mission that the federal government is required to perform by Article IV of the US Constitution. The few states along the border shouldn’t be expected to defend the entire country from invasion. This myth is also spread by imperial minded Generals who prefer to rule an empire overseas than to defend their own citizens.  Whenever citizens demand the Army protect their nation, Generals dodge this issue by stating that it may be a mission for the National Guard, so as not to waste resources of the US Army.  This is absurd; the primary mission of the US Army is to protect US citizens, and the US Constitution requires the federal government to protect states from invasion.  If there is a major war and the Army would likely deploy its border troops overseas, then National Guard troops from any state can be mobilized to guard the border until the war ends.

The US Army hasn’t the resources for border troops.

The answer is yes we do.

     The active duty army has 500,000 full-time troops supported by over 300,000 civilians.  The Border Patrol has 9700 agents.  Certainly, the Army can form a infantry division of 10,000 troops to actually defend the USA, or Congress can authorize more troops.  Cut Surplus Army Units identifies more than 10,000 unneeded positions in the US Army that can be cut to form an infantry division. There are several US military bases along the border that can host an infantry battalion for border security:  NAS Whidbey Island, WA; Minot AFB, SD; Selfridge ARNG base, MI; Fort Drum, NY; Laughlin AFB, TX; Fort Bliss, TX; Fort Huachuca, AZ, Yuma Proving Grounds, AZ; and NAS El Centro, CA; plus several military facilities in the San Diego area.  Some Army officers may express concern that border duty will hurt readiness for Army missions overseas.  They don’t understand that defending the USA is their primary mission!

I will contiune this blog tomorrow. There is information over load at this time.

The US has the answer to the unemployed troops. You need to ask yourself why they won’t use them?

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