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Shaking loose some change from Obama? Not on the border or the Drug War.

A story from the Associated Press is yet another illustration that when it comes to the border, the Obama policy is pretty much the same as the Bush policy and the Clinton policy and so on …

AP source: Guard to seek volunteers for border:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is developing plans to seek up to 1,500 National Guard volunteers to step up the military’s counter-drug efforts along the Mexican border, senior administration officials said Monday.

The plan is a stopgap measure being worked out between the Defense Department and the Homeland Security Department, and comes despite Pentagon concerns about committing more troops to the border — a move some officials worry will be seen as militarizing the region.

Senior administration officials said the Guard program will last no longer than a year and would build on an existing counter-drug operation. They said the program, which would largely be federally funded, would draw on National Guard volunteers from the four border states. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the details have not been finalized.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

June 30, 2009 at 11:49 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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