Huachuca Wildlife

Defense Department officials said national security has to be the primary goal of the developemt buffer around Fort Huachuca, that environmental protection is a "fortunate happenstance."

WASHINGTON — Border construction near Yuma will receive almost $1.3 billion of the $3.6 billion the Defense Department said it will divert from planned military projects under the national border emergency declared in February by President Donald Trump.

Among the 127 Pentagon projects scheduled to lose funding this year for Trump’s border construction push is a planned ground transport equipment building at Fort Huachuca. The Army base near Sierra Vista will lose $30 million that was budgeted for that project in fiscal 2019.

The funding shifts – announced in a letter to lawmakers Tuesday and calls Wednesday to those who lost projects in their districts – sparked outrage from Democrats, many of whom accuse the president of robbing the military to feed his ego.

“They are illegally stealing money from our troops for a useless border wall that Congress resoundingly denied,” said Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, in a statement.

“It violates bipartisan congressional intent; it violates the U.S. Constitution; and it violates our nation’s fundamental values,” said Gallego, a Marine Corps veteran and member of the House Armed Services Committee.

But in his letter Tuesday to the committee, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the money would be directed toward border projects that would allow for more efficient use of active and reserve troops – which were ordered to the border by Trump. He called the border projects “force multipliers” for the troops on the border.

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HwyRovr

20 July 2019 – “The Trump administration has not installed a single mile of new wall in a previously fenceless part of the U.S.-Mexico border in the 30 months since President Trump assumed office, despite his campaign promise to construct a ‘big beautiful wall.

“In a statement U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the federal agency overseeing border barrier construction, confirmed that all the fencing completed since Trump took office is ‘in place of dilapidated designs’ because the existing fence was in need of replacement.

“The agency said that it had built 51 miles of steel bollard fence with funding that was set aside during fiscal 2017 and 2018. But while the funding was meant both to replace outdated walls and to place barriers where there previously had been none, the government has only completed the replacement projects. The projects to secure areas with no fence are still in the works.”

HwyRovr

The Great Wall of China was an abject failure after 200 years to construct 13,000 miles of stone it did not stop the Mongol hoards from invading China. As a defensive measure against invading forces, it has been about as useful to China as a Bible on a battlefield. It can give you comfort, but it just won’t stop the enemy. The Great Wall was nothing more than an ambitious project contrived by a vainglorious emperor (sound familiar?). Although considered to be unique in the world similar examples of such stupidity can be found around the world. Hadrian’s Wall in the north of England was an attempt to divide the civilized (?) world of the Romans from the barbarians of Scotland – it also failed.



Moving ahead we have the Dutch of New Amsterdam building a 12 foot (actually only 9 feet) wall in 1653 to keep the bad guys out. Sadly, for the Dutch, the British ignored the wall, sailed around and took New Amsterdam by sea – BTW, that is now New York and the site of the wall is now known as Wall Street.



Another costly and stupid failure was the Berlin Wall. In 1961, migration from East to West Berlin had become so voluminous that East Germany constructed a militarized and fortified barrier zone (composed of multiple walls and fences) across the city to prevent unregulated movement between the two sectors. It was a failure – and I should note that while based in Berlin from 1962/1965 I was escorted many times by tunnel across the border. The Berlin Wall remained for 28 years, until 1989. It wasn’t until Soviet influence declined that political support for the wall began to erode. Finally, one night, a combined assault by citizen demolition crews and avid souvenir hunters began tearing down the Wall, allowing Easterners to cross once more without hindrance. BTW, Ronnie the Dim had NOTHING to do with the wall coming down.



Moving now to the Israel/Palestine wall touted by the intellectually challenged. Israel claims the various walls (yes, there are more than one) are to protect its citizens from attack. The building of walls by Israelis in disputed territory is deepening the crisis, and pushing a peaceful agreement between the two sides further into the future. The walls, in other words, are just adding fuel to the political fire. And as for trying to stop the bloodshed? This summer saw a new wave of violence in the region.


HwyRovr

"During the 2016 election, the liar-in-chief repeatedly pledged that, as president, he would get Mexico to pay for the construction of his much-promised wall along the U.S. southern border.

"On Tuesday, his administration revealed it would be paying for the wall instead by diverting funds meant for the construction of elementary schools, hazardous waste warehouse facilities, and fire stations, among other Department of Defense initiatives.

"The revelation came in the form of a list of projects that DOD sent to Capitol Hill that it says it will now be putting on hold as the president transfers funds from that department to wall construction. All told, DOD pinpointed more than $1 billion in mainland priorities that it was now shelving, in addition to $1.8 billion in foreign-based projects, and nearly $700 million in projects based in Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands—all U.S. territories."

deaton

Well Rovr I guess since President Trump was Constitutionally elected, and inaugurated he’s now the Chief Executive Officer of the USA. As the CEO he’s constitutionally authorized to move funding to a project he feels is more relevant to protecting the citizens of this great Country! I applaud this decision! BUILD the damn wall! Now, Rovr if you don’t like it, elect a different President. TRUMP 2020, keeping America GREAT![thumbup][beam] Commander DOT, Bring it ON HG[batman]


HwyRovr

Wrong, but no surprise. DOTs are so easily manipulated by the conman-in-chief.

deaton

OK Rovr, where is your beef? That the President wasn’t elected? That he was not inaugurated? That he’s not the President? That he doesn’t have the authority to determine what is important with regard to our national security? That he can’t re-purpose funds directed for the “defense” of our Country? Sorry, as our President he can do and is doing his Constitutional duty of defending my Country from all enemies both foreign and domestic and just because you dislike the President and believe a lot of propaganda from MSDNC and WAPO you can’t do a thing about it! You’re only option is to vote for “Hurricane Joe” or whoever the DIM’s nominate in 2020! Also conman-in-chief should be Commander in Chief! There is nothing funny about misspelling a word. It is a grievous mistake and one I take very seriously. Finding humor in such a situation demonstrates why DOT's are always incensed when their ignorance is pointed out because they do not value accuracy in communication. . Rovr 09/03/2019 C’ya [thumbup][beam] Commander Dot


HwyRovr

What in the world ever happened to the insane concept that , “MEXICO WILL PAY FOR THE WALL!" shouted incessantly by the idiot-in-chief and is equally ignorant minions. For the truly stupid supporters of the lying draft dodger, I will repeat, "MEXICO WILL PAY FOR THE WALL!" Anything else – even one thin dime of taxpayer money - is unacceptable. The people of the United States of America DO NOT WANT TO PAY FOR A STUPID WALL! The only crisis in America is an ignorant, petulant, man-child squatting in our White House.

Mr Lemons

I think it's clear what you're against as revealed by various comments on various subjects. But what are you for? For example, if Mexico did "PAY FOR THE WALL" would you be okay with the border wall being built?







Also, please refrain from name-calling if you can. Ad hominem attacks are weak.


HwyRovr

Stating facts, such as "idiot-in-chief" and "ignorant minions" is not name calling. However, if you are so upset why aren't you taking Commander DOT, the two "V"s and sad Lil "COC" (still the most appropriate acronym ever used here) for their use of "name calling." And to answer you question the wall is a totally stupid idea put forth by a totally stupid person (fact, not name calling) because throughout history walls have never worked. And BTW the lying, draft dodger has yet to install even one foot of NEW wall. Now tell me why you are willing to endanger our military to fund a wall that we were promised would be paid for BY MEXICO?

Mr Lemons

So, it doesn't matter who pays for the wall, you're against it being built because it's a "stupid idea." The wall has been proven to be effective in slowing illegal traffic in the San Diego area. Please provide a factual source for your "walls have never worked" statement. Here's a link to the Border Patrol twitter account that shows 60 miles of new wall in the Yuma sector with 450 miles expected by the end of the 2020: https://twitter.com/CBP/status/1165433447181144066 Yes, some fences are also being replaced. The military will not be endangered. Congress appropriates more money for the military than they request (34 billion last fiscal year). https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-budget/447787-throwing-more-money-at-the-pentagon-wont-make-us-more







I really don't care who pays for it (although I am glad that you're contributing to it). Arizona will benefit from fewer illegals aliens sneaking across the border.


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