We discussed this the other day how the U.S. military confirmed extremist infiltration on out U.S. southern border.
Here LTCOL Allen West discusses what the most serious concerns are and what we need to do to secure our borders. He joined Charles Payne in for Neil Cavuto on Fox Business to discuss the best way to handle this immediate threat.
Here is the major issue for the United States: the US Southern Command, headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida doesn’t have any organic combat troops assigned to it. When you consider the force deployed in our hemisphere, our southern underbelly, you’ll find it’s predominately the U.S. Coast Guard. Gone are the days of having a military base and a light infantry brigade of the U.S .Army in Panama — heck, we gave the canal away. Panama was the home to our Jungle Warfare center and school: no more. When I was assigned to the II Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Lejeune, we would deploy a small Company(+) sized element called a Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) under the deployment name UNITAS. It was a small expeditionary force of about 250 Marines who sailed Latin America, mainly for host nation combined operations. At my last checking, we still did have a presence at Soto Cano AB in Honduras, which is mainly used for training and logistical support — but it does offer itself as a base of operations under Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B).
My point is that here we have a combatant command, USSOUTHCOM, which does not have assigned forces it can utilize to thwart the threats from the south. And if we know this, guess who also knows this? The enemy. (complete story here)