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  1. Warnings by Pompeo and others that Islamic State remained a dangerous threat fly in the face of President Donald Trump’s December declaration that the militants had been defeated and the United States would withdraw its roughly 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria.

    He was more vague in his SOTU speech.

    “When I took office, ISIS controlled more than 20,000 square miles in Iraq and Syria just two years ago. Today, we have liberated virtually all of the territory from the grip of these blood-thirsty monsters. Now, as we work with our allies to destroy the remnants of ISIS, it is time to give our brave warriors in Syria a warm welcome home.”

    http://time.com/5520715/state-union-donald-trump-fact-check/

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  February 7, 2019

      It was tempting fate to tell the militants that they were a spent force.

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  3. Joe Bloggs

     /  February 7, 2019

    This is a border fence designed to keep people in…

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  February 7, 2019

      Why was it necessary? The same people who rail against immigration levels here think the US is not entitled to control theirs.

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      • Joe Bloggs

         /  February 7, 2019

        I thought that an engineer would know to hang the razor wire on the outside of the fence to prevent people from getting in… not on the inside where it prevents people from getting out.

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        • NOEL

           /  February 7, 2019

          To put on the other side would mean troops in Mexico.

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        • Pink David

           /  February 7, 2019

          “I thought that an engineer would know to hang the razor wire on the outside of the fence to prevent people from getting in… not on the inside where it prevents people from getting out.”

          You thought wrong. You cannot control what happens on the other side, they can access and cut it given the time. It gets put on the controlled side because it makes it much harder to deal with coming over the top.

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      • Joe Bloggs

         /  February 7, 2019

        @Alan for perpetuating the myth of the migrant caravans, the same myth that was used to hold 800,000 federal employees at ransom during the trump shutdown, the same shutdown that cost the USA US$11billion in lost GDP.

        NOGALES, Ariz. — Wearing uniforms brandished with badges from deployments in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, 10 American soldiers dangled their legs off a concrete ledge, spitting out sunflower shells and tobacco juice, as they waited the better part of Thursday morning for their forklift to arrive.

        When it did, the soldiers, all trained as engineers, would begin constructing their 30th barricade, by stacking one shipping container on top of another and coiling concertina wire around its top. Most of the barricades they have made sit idly, waiting for a scenario where the Nogales border is so overrun with immigrants that U.S. Customs and Border Protection orders the Army to seal the border and stop all traffic.

        It’s the scenario President Donald Trump warned about when he sent 5,200 troops to the southern border to stop the approaching Honduran migrant caravan.

        The only problem: The migrant caravan isn’t headed anywhere near Arizona.

        https://www.nbcnews.com/news/military/along-southern-border-numerous-army-barricades-no-sign-migrant-invasion-n937026

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      • Joe Bloggs

         /  February 7, 2019

        Texas Republican whose district shares 820 miles of the border tells Rolling Stone that Trump’s border crisis is a “myth,” and that his wall is the “most expensive and least effective way to do border security.”

        https://www.axios.com/texas-republican-will-hurd-calls-border-crisis-myth-ec078ec4-1487-47b2-9ea7-9aa0148c3371.html

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      • Joe Bloggs

         /  February 7, 2019

        What happened to the border wall money Congress already gave trump? – “Trump’s administration has so far spent just 6% of the $1.6 billion allocated for any physical barrier upgrades on the southern border in the fiscal 2017 and 2018 budgets…”

        https://finance.yahoo.com/news/happened-border-wall-money-congress-144806763.html

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  February 7, 2019

          It’s been spent on a painting of Trump ?

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  February 7, 2019

            That wall looks terrible. No wonder the residents are appalled. It’s making the place look like Berlin, only more so.

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            • Joe Bloggs

               /  February 8, 2019

              Thank you Kitty. The Cult-45ers seem to think it looks attractive somehow. And completely miss the point that its design follows prison fence designs intended to keep people in…. which was clear enough in the original comment.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  February 8, 2019

              You should read the following ones 😀

  4. Pink David

     /  February 7, 2019

    Jussie Smollett’s case heads in a very predictable direction…..his phone records have been subpoenaed.

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  5. High Flying Duck

     /  February 7, 2019

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