by Allen West on July 8, 2014
Innocent children are not the only ones flowing over our southern border. If they can get in, you can be quite certain the bad guys can too – and do. And now a top U.S. general has an alarming assessment.
In order to put this into context, I’d like to take a moment to explain how our military focuses its efforts globally, based on geographic areas of responsibility (AORs). They are also referred to as Geographic Combatant Commands, and include: CENTCOM (Central Command), PACOM (Pacific Command), AFRICOM (Africa Command), EUCOM (European Command), NORTHCOM (Northern Command, Continental USA), STRATCOM (Strategic Command), and SOUTHCOM (Southern Command). Here in south Florida, in Doral near Miami, is the location of USSOUTHCOM and its responsibility is our southern hemisphere.
The Commanding General of USSOUTHCOM is Marine Corps (Active 4-Star) General John Kelly, and he is gravely concerned about what is occurring in his AOR.
As reported by Defense One, Gen. Kelly says he’s been unable to combat the steady flow of illegal drugs, weapons and people from Central America, and is looking to Congress for urgent help. Gen. Kelly has asked Congress this year for more money, drones and ships for his mission – a request unlikely to be met. Since October, an influx of nearly 100,000 migrants has made the dangerous journey north from Latin America to the United States border.
General Kelly firmly stated to Defense One, “In comparison to other global threats, the near collapse of societies in the hemisphere with the associated drug and [undocumented immigrant] flow are frequently viewed to be of low importance. Many argue these threats are not existential and do not challenge our national security. I disagree.”
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