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Former Top General: Taking Migrant Children From Their Families Is ‘A Disaster’
The Trump administration’s policy of separating the children of undocumented border-crossers from their parents is “a disaster and it will get worse rapidly,” retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey told Task & Purpose on Wednesday.
“Poor Mr. Trump has reached down and found the one way that politically is a disaster, is harmful to our international image, and won’t affect border crossing,” said McCaffrey, who led U.S. Southern Command from 1994 to 1996 and then served as director of Office of National Drug Control Policy from 1996 to 2001.
Immigrants from Mexico and Central America are a vital part of the U.S. economy, said McCaffrey, who calls for using fencing and technology to prevent people from crossing the border illegally while providing a path for refugees to legally enter the United States.
While McCaffrey said that both Democrats and Republicans are “packs of idiots” when it comes to immigration issues, he also feels that President Trump has made a bad situation even worse.
Firstly, McCaffrey said he does not see how separating children from their families will stop illegal border crossings. Second: The Department of Health & Human Services, which is in charge of the children, “can’t organize three guys to run out of a telephone booth at the same time, so they’re going to try to unload this problem, I bet, on DoD.”
A Pentagon spokesman confirmed to Task & Purpose that HHS has looked at possibly sheltering the children of detained migrants at three Texas bases: Fort Bliss, Dyess Air Force Base, and Goodfellow Air Force Base. So far, HHS has not asked the Defense Department for space at any of the bases to shelter children. HHS officials are also looking at a base in Arkansas.
However, news footage of children of illegal immigrants being held in cages, along with a well-publicized audio recording of the children wailing and crying for their parents, has helped create a public furor over the separations issue.
“The only thing I’ve seen my wife of 54 years actually cry about lately is that policy,” McCaffrey said.
President Trump indicated on Wednesday that he may reverse course on separating children from the families of people who enter the United States illegally.
“We're looking to keep families together,” the president told reporters at the White House. “We're going to be signing an executive order. We are also going to count on Congress, obviously, but we are signing an executive order in a little while. We're going to keep families together but we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don't stand for and that we don't want.”
GENEVA/DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to take military action to stop Tehran from getting a nuclear bomb but left open whether he would back the use of force to protect Gulf oil supplies that Washington fears may be under threat by Iran.
Worries about a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted since attacks last week on two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz shipping lane at the entrance to the Gulf. Washington blamed long-time foe Iran for the incidents.
Tehran denies responsibility but the attacks, and similar ones in May, have further soured relations that have plummeted since Trump pulled the United States out of a landmark international nuclear deal with Iran in May 2018.
Trump has restored and extended U.S. economic sanctions on Iran. That has forced countries around the world to boycott Iranian oil or face sanctions of their own.
But in an interview with Time magazine, Trump, striking a different tone from some Republican lawmakers who have urged a military approach to Iran, said last week's tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman had only a "very minor" impact so far.
Asked if he would consider military action to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons or to ensure the free flow of oil through the Gulf, Trump said: "I would certainly go over nuclear weapons and I would keep the other a question mark."
Minnesota Democratic Party staffer under fire for calling USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul a 'murder boat'
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday he is appalled by a state DFL Party staff member's tweet referring to the recently-launched USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul as a "murder boat."
"Certainly, the disrespect shown is beyond the pale," said Walz, who served in the Army National Guard.
William Davis, who has been the DFL Party's research director and deputy communications director, made the controversial comment in response to a tweet about the launch of a new Navy combat ship in Wisconsin: "But actually, I think it's gross they're using the name of our fine cities for a murder boat," Davis wrote on Twitter over the weekend.
'We are there to deter aggression' — Pompeo addressed CENTCOM on Iran mere moments before Shanahan announced his departure
TAMPA — Minutes before the Acting Secretary of Defense withdrew Tuesday from his confirmation process, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke at MacDill Air Force Base about the need to coordinate "diplomatic and defense efforts'' to address rising tensions with Iran.
Pompeo, who arrived in Tampa on Monday, met with Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr. and Army Gen. Richard Clarke, commanders of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command respectively, to align the Government's efforts in the Middle East, according to Central Command.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — The trial of Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher officially kicked off on Tuesday with the completion of jury selection, opening statements, and witness testimony indicating that drinking alcohol on the front lines of Mosul, Iraq in 2017 seemed to be a common occurrence for members of SEAL Team 7 Alpha Platoon.
Government prosecutors characterized Gallagher as a knife-wielding murderer who not only killed a wounded ISIS fighter but shot indiscriminately at innocent civilians, while the defense argued that those allegations were falsehoods spread by Gallagher's angry subordinates, with attorney Tim Parlatore telling the jury that "this trial is not about murder. It's about mutiny."
President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will "not to go forward with his confirmation process."
Trump said that Army Secretary Mark Esper will now serve as acting defense secretary.