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    US troop presence at border to be reduced

    WASHINGTON (AP) When the number of U.S. troops stationed at the Mexican border is reduced next year, their duties are expected to shift from being on the border to flying above it.

    About 1,200 troops now help Border Patrol agents spot illegal border crossers and human and drug smugglers. The office of Rep. Michael McCaul, a border state Republican, said Tuesday that number will be reduced. It is unclear how many troops will remain.

    A federal official briefed on the new strategy said the reduced force will focus its efforts on aerial surveillance. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the plan has not been announced.

    Lt. Col. Robert L. Ditchey, a Defense Department spokesman, said officials are still working out details of the future of troops at the border.
    Source is from Yahoo News: US troop presence at border to be reduced - Yahoo! News

    Me, personally, I'm not sure how good or bad of a move this is. What's your take on this change in defense?

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    Re: US troop presence at border to be reduced

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    Source is from Yahoo News: US troop presence at border to be reduced - Yahoo! News

    Me, personally, I'm not sure how good or bad of a move this is. What's your take on this change in defense?
    This is a good move. They should not be guarding our border anyway. Leave law enforcement to civil authority.

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    Re: US troop presence at border to be reduced

    Quote Originally Posted by smb View Post
    This is a good move. They should not be guarding our border anyway. Leave law enforcement to civil authority.
    M1 tanks pointing over the border works for me.
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    Re: US troop presence at border to be reduced

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    M1 tanks pointing over the border works for me.
    Just what we need....another war of aggression.

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    Re: US troop presence at border to be reduced

    Quote Originally Posted by smb View Post
    This is a good move. They should not be guarding our border anyway. Leave law enforcement to civil authority.
    Protecting our borders is originally what our soldiers were suppose to be used for you know....
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    Re: US troop presence at border to be reduced

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    Source is from Yahoo News: US troop presence at border to be reduced - Yahoo! News

    Me, personally, I'm not sure how good or bad of a move this is. What's your take on this change in defense?
    It's stupid. What's even more stupid is announcing it to the world.
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    Re: US troop presence at border to be reduced

    Quote Originally Posted by smb View Post
    Just what we need....another war of aggression.
    If no shots are fired then there is no war. At least according to some people around here.
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    Re: US troop presence at border to be reduced

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    M1 tanks pointing over the border works for me.
    nah, no need to do that. Just authorize the agents in the field to shoot on sight anyone crossing the border illegally. Bullets are much cheaper than the shells for an M1 tank.
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    Re: US troop presence at border to be reduced

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Protecting our borders is originally what our soldiers were suppose to be used for you know....
    That is not true. There original job was to protect our soveriegnty...not the same thing. They could be called to protect our borders if there was a viable military threat which there is not. There is a viable law enforcement issue on the border and in our country that should and has been until recently a matter for civil and not military authority. It continues to befuddle me how conservatives who loudly profess the support for the troops continually want to put our troops in untenable positions and in harms way at the slightest provocation. I find it to be a lazy mind's solution to whatever problem is trying to be solved.

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    Re: US troop presence at border to be reduced

    Quote Originally Posted by smb View Post
    That is not true. There original job was to protect our soveriegnty...not the same thing. They could be called to protect our borders if there was a viable military threat which there is not. There is a viable law enforcement issue on the border and in our country that should and has been until recently a matter for civil and not military authority. It continues to befuddle me how conservatives who loudly profess the support for the troops continually want to put our troops in untenable positions and in harms way at the slightest provocation. I find it to be a lazy mind's solution to whatever problem is trying to be solved.
    And what is one of the ways that you protect ones soveriegnty? Answer: By protecting our borders.

    What is your solution? Note: Anyone with an ounce of brain will know that amnesty of any sort will not be acceptable unless/until we get our borders secured.
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