Lest we forget | Tom Camfield

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Posted 3/20/22

WE WILL NOT CONVENIENTLY FORGET during this newest war in which we are involved the years that Donald fought so hard to dump billion after billion into a useless wall with his name on it that did …

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Lest we forget | Tom Camfield

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WE WILL NOT CONVENIENTLY FORGET during this newest war in which we are involved the years that Donald fought so hard to dump billion after billion into a useless wall with his name on it that did little but inconvenience livestock and wildlife along the Rio Grande. Or the excuses he came up with in turning back fleeing Hispanic refugees from the brutality of Central America. The callous separation of parents and children . . .

Trump promised his supporters an “impenetrable” border wall between the United States and Mexico. Instead, the $15 billion wall reportedly has been breached thousands of times in areas where it was completed, and the smugglers who cut through it were able to do so with cheap power tools available in retail stores.

CUT THROUGH 3,272 TIMES — Unpublished data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection obtained via the Freedom of Information Act showed that Mexican smugglers cut through the wall 3,272 times over three years, according to The Washington Post. In some cases, they replaced the areas they cut with tinted putty, essentially creating secret passages.

The incidents cited by the Post referred only to cases where the wall had been cut. But it was also breached in other ways. One report last year found some smugglers were building effective ladders with about $5 worth of material. In another famous case from 2020, a stiff wind knocked over a segment.

Trump repeatedly promised to build a “big beautiful wall” across the southern border that Mexico would pay for. U.S. taxpayers pad instead.

President Joe Biden has since suspended wall construction and said he would be returning the $2 billion Trump diverted from the Pentagon budget for the project.

Meanwhile, for the benefit of those who do not read prolifically each day, a headline that popped up just recently read: “Donald Trump is furious about the stumbling launch of his social media app Truth Social, report says.” So it’s not like he’s gone away. The story that followed the headline read “Donald Trump asked why the Truth Social app is not dominating the competition, reported the Daily Beast . . . The app’s February rollout was plagued by technical difficulties and currently it is trailing its competitors  . . .  Sources said the former president has been heard swearing and complaining about the app’s apparent lack of success . . .”

Donald was still praising his good friend Vladimir the autocrat as a “genius” and “very savvy” Feb. 23 as the latter secretly deployed troops in Ukraine. On the following day, Feb. 24, the limited Russian incursion broke into all-out war — and Ukrainian women and children have been subjected to the shelling of civilians (including hospitals) ever since. According to the latest report I’ve seen, some 2,500,000 Ukrainians had fled their country (the UN announced Friday, March 11).

Along the way, a Seattle Times headline read “Last Vestiges of Russia’s free press fall.”

I don’t think this is any time to ignore Donald as he continues efforts to gain control of the news and attempts to control, one way or another, the U.S. government.

Our Congress, of course, is to be praised for its current bilateral unity in providing financial and material aid to Ukraine and heading the way in supporting NATO.

As I said in an exchange of comments to a recent blog, it’s been a while since gas hit over $4.00 a gallon. Middle of the George W. Bush presidential regime following hurricane Katrina (2005). Biden has just finished his first year and seems to be doing well on all fronts, including dealing with Russia.

I’m not surprised that Big Oil has responded to the fact that “Russia is the world's largest producer of crude oil (including lease condensate) and the second-largest producer of dry natural gas, after the United States. Hydrocarbons play a large role in the Russian economy, as revenue from oil and natural gas production and exports accounts for more than half of Russia's federal budget revenue.” This quote is a few years old, but you get the idea.

No surprise to me that sanctions on Russian products and its economy in general have left us with this small price to pay in lieu of throwing the lives of our troops into the fray and setting off World War III — escalation to the use of Nukes, etc. The Russian problem should be short-lived if it continues to be properly handled via gas prices, NATO, etc.

Russians could face prison sentences up to 15 years for spreading information that goes against their governmen's positions.

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  • Justin Hale

    "Migrants were encountered 1.7 million times in the last 12 months, the highest number of illegal crossings recorded since at least 1960." (New York Times 2021).

    So who did a better job securing our border? Trump or Biden.

    "Another report from Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., estimated that Biden has spent about $2 billion in total to halt the wall’s construction."

    “President Biden is paying professional construction contractors to babysit metal to the tune of $2 billion and counting, while at the same time we’ve seen a 20-year high number of migrants crossing our open border,” Lankford said.

    “Stubbornly refusing to spend money approved for the wall is not ‘executing’ the law. It’s ignoring the law and ignoring the very real national security concerns posed by illegal entry across our very open southern border,” he added.

    (https://headlineusa.com/biden-wasting-100m-in-taxpayer-funded-border-materials/)

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    I'll bet most Americans, other than Trump haters, don't care a whit about Trumps social media app. But you be sure to stay tuned to everything Trump says Tom and he will play you like a cheap fiddle.

    And who cares what Trump said about Putin, Trump is no longer President, and the atrocities being committed in Ukraine are on Bidens watch not Trumps. It's pathetic that you feel compelled to drag Trump into the mix.

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    Biden took office and decided to shut down oil exploration/leases and the price has gone up steadily, then the war in Ukraine added immensely to that rise. Does anyone believe that Biden would have made that same move today?? No way.

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    As Robert Gates, former defense secretary in the Obama administration, once put it, Biden has “been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”

    Monday, March 21 Report this

  • MargeS

    Robert Gates, who oversaw the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2006 to 2011, told us President Trump failed to plan properly for the evacuation of Afghans who had helped the U.S. fight the Taliban.

    But he sa***es the Republican nominee over several paragraphs, saying Trump is “in a league of his own” when it comes to demonstrating his credibility on foreign affairs. Gates rips Trump for his famous wall, his vocal support of torture, his embrace of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, and his skepticism of NATO. He also attacks Trump as “cavalier about the use of nuclear weapons,” with “a record of insults to servicemen, their families and the military.” He criticizes the GOP standard-bearer as “willfully ignorant about the rest of the world, about our military and its capabilities, and about government itself.” Politico, 2016

    Seems Mr. Gates doesn't care for either president, and probably the other presidents he worked under, from both parties.

    Wednesday, March 23 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    "Trump failed to plan properly for the evacuation of Afghans who had helped the U.S. fight the Taliban.".....Who was the commander in chief when the US pulled out of Afghanistan?

    Wednesday, March 23 Report this