CONSERVATIVE TRIBUNE: MAJOR; Active 4-Star General: Obama’s Border Crisis Threatens America’s Existence



The ongoing border crisis is much more than just a flood of illegal immigrants searching for amnesty and a better life.  It is a crisis that is threatening America’s national security, and even it’s very existence as we know it, as deadly diseases, drugs, weapons, even terrorists are being smuggled into the country, with doctors andagents being threatened to stay silent about it.

While Border Patrol and Customs agents are being overwhelmed by the thousands of unaccompanied children coming across the border, criminals and cartels are having a field day, moving back and forth across the border to smuggle things in and out of the country, sometimes with the assistance of corrupt Mexican military units.

Texas has increased it’s law enforcement personnel on the border, and numerous militia units are working together to fill in the gaps where they can to secure the border.  But the cries are ringing out for armed soldiers, either National Guard or regular military, to defend the border against the “invasion”.

Now an active-duty, 4-star Marine General and US Southern Command Commander John Kelly is speaking out about the dangers of the ongoing crisis at the border, and his warnings are dire, saying the crisis could very well threaten America’s existence. (H/T WND)

Particularly in regards to the drug trade, murder rates and terrorist activity brewing in Central America, Kelly says, the waves of Latin Americans sweeping through Mexico and illegally into Texas presents a threat to the U.S. every bit as serious as Iran or North Korea.

“In comparison to other global threats, the near collapse of societies in [this] hemisphere with the associated drug and [illegal immigrant] flow are frequently viewed to be of low importance,” Kelly said in an interview with Defense One. “Many argue these threats are not existential and do not challenge our national security. I disagree.”

Kelly has been warning about this threat before, during testimony before both the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, complaining that budget cuts have tied the hands of his Command, forcing him to watch as criminal activity goes unchecked.

“Last year, we had to cancel more than 200 very effective engagement activities and numerous multilateral exercises,” Kelly said, explaining that a full 74 percent of “actionable illicit trafficking events” simply go unanswered, because he doesn’t have the funds or resources to do anything about it.

“I simply sit and watch it go by,” he continued. “And because of service cuts, I don’t expect to get any immediate relief, in terms of assets, to work with in this region of the world.”

Worse yet, he continued, with smuggling routes wide open for business, it’s far more than cocaine or children seeking a better life getting a free pass across the border.

“Clearly, criminal networks can move just about anything on these smuggling pipelines,” Kelly said in testimony before the House Armed Services Committee in February. “Terrorist organizations could seek to leverage those same smuggling routes to move operatives with intent to cause grave harm to our citizens or even quite easily bring weapons of mass destruction into the United States.”

“Supporters and sympathizers of Lebanese Hezbollah are involved in both licit and illicit activities in the region,” Kelly told Congress. “Members, supporters, and adherents of Islamic extremist groups are present in Latin America. Islamic extremists visit the region to proselytize, recruit, establish business venues to generate funds, and expand their radical networks. Some Muslim communities in the Caribbean and South America are exhibiting increasingly extremist ideology and activities, mostly as a result from ideologues’ activities and external influence from the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. Mr. Chairman, we take all these activities seriously.”

Kelly also points out that the bulk of immigrants in this flood are coming from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, three of the most dangerous and deadly countries in central America.  Known as the “Northern Triangle”, these three countries are all near the top of the list in criminal and gang activity, with high rates of murder and drug smuggling.

“Chairman, gone are the days of the ‘cocaine cowboys,’” Kelly testified. “Instead, we and our partners are confronted with cocaine corporations that have franchises all over the world, including 1,200 American cities, as well as criminal enterprises like the violent transnational gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, that specialize in extortion and human trafficking.

“The FBI has warned that MS-13 has a significant presence in California, North Carolina, New York, and northern Virginia, and is expanding into new areas of the United States, including Indian reservations in South Dakota,” he concluded.

Roger Noriega, an American Enterprise Institute Fellow and former official in George W. Bush’s administration, knows all about how dangerous MS-13 can be.

“There’s going to be a time when MS-13 fires an RPG into an Alexandria [Va.] police car, and [Americans] are going to say, ‘What the hell happened?’” Noriega said.

General Kelly says that now more than ever our nation needs to deploy the military to our porous southern border, to protect against far worse threats than mere illegal immigration.

“Some of my counterparts perceive that the United States is disengaging from the region and from the world in general,” Kelly said. “We should remember that our friends and allies are not the only ones watching our actions closely. … And in the meantime, drug traffickers, criminal networks, and other actors, unburdened by budget cuts, cancelled activities, and employee furloughs, will have the opportunity to exploit the partnership vacuum left by reduced U.S. military engagement.”

Thank God this General is speaking out.  We desperately need to deploy the military to our southern border, ASAP.  A crisis involving illegal immigrants, and even infectious diseases they may be carrying, can be handled to a certain extent without disrupting or causing too much damage to the country.

But we cannot sit idly by while criminal cartels and terrorist organizations work to exploit our undefended border.  They can and will bring death and destruction to our country.  And when that happens, the blood of the innocent will be awash in the Oval Office, unless President Obama moves now to fully secure the border and stop this existential threat in it’s tracks.

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