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Marine Corps commandant says deploying troops to the border poses ‘unacceptable risk’

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Posted By: Ribicon, 3/21/2019 4:47:10 PM

The commandant of the Marines has warned the Pentagon that deployments to the southwest border and funding transfers under the president’s emergency declaration, among other unexpected demands, have posed “unacceptable risk to Marine Corps combat readiness and solvency.” In two internal memos, Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller said the “unplanned/unbudgeted” deployment along the border that President Trump ordered last fall, and shifts of other funds to support border security, had forced him to cancel or reduce planned military training in at least five countries, and delay urgent repairs at bases.(Snip) Neller, a four-star general, said because of the

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It´s far more important to have joint training exercises with Australia, South Korea, Indonesia, Scotland, and Mongolia than it is to secure our own borders.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: stablemoney 3/21/2019 4:51:42 PM (No. 8499)
That´s pretty darn pathetic from the Marine Corp commandant. I think the Marines deserve a better commandant.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Kerryman 3/21/2019 4:52:07 PM (No. 8524)
The proper response is “Aye, aye, Sir” General
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Reply 3 - Posted by: SALady 3/21/2019 4:54:33 PM (No. 8514)
Whoever is releasing "internal memos" needs to be tried for treason, and shot or hanged -- I´m OK with either option!!!!!!

This piece of "journalism" only serves one purpose -- to embarrass the president!!!!!

Fortunately, our president doesn´t tend to give a damn and doesn´t get embarrassed!!! He just continues to do what is right for this nation, and that includes doing whatever is needed to secure and protect our southern border from the current invasion by illegal aliens!!!!!!!!!!
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Reply 4 - Posted by: earlybird 3/21/2019 5:02:11 PM (No. 8494)
His commander is the President of the United States. He may be disappointed, but the border is far more important right now than anything else he named.

I agree with #8. This “leak” was intended to embarrass the President. He will survive but will understandably be taking a long hard look at whoever might have leaked it.

His general needs to toughen up, suck it up, and be a real Marine.

Here is his bio:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Neller
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Reply 5 - Posted by: earlybird 3/21/2019 5:03:15 PM (No. 8516)
Clarification:

He (the President) will survive but will understandably be taking a long hard look at whoever might have leaked it.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: bubby 3/21/2019 5:15:07 PM (No. 8510)
What would this Marine Corps commandant say if an "unplanned/unbudgeted" war broke out tomorrow? Would the Marines be unavailable? Who knew that "training exercises" overseas was necessary to make the Marines combat ready? How did we ever secure victory in the Pacific in WWII without such training exercises? Get a new commandant that´s not a whiner President Trump!
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Reply 7 - Posted by: CommanderMAGA 3/21/2019 5:24:56 PM (No. 8521)
Thank you for your service Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller. Have a nice retirement.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: HotRod 3/21/2019 5:30:12 PM (No. 8512)
Why does the general think the invasion of the southern border falls outside Marine Corps business?
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Reply 9 - Posted by: subal 3/21/2019 6:06:45 PM (No. 8526)
His bio reads like a "REMF"!
Only real action seems to be in DC traffic jams.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: tom7 3/21/2019 6:19:01 PM (No. 8530)
Odd that General Nellie resents having to spend money defending US soil because it reduces the money he can spend to defend foreign countries.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX 3/21/2019 6:19:37 PM (No. 8513)
Another desk General heard from.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: jalo1951 3/21/2019 6:25:57 PM (No. 8500)
So if our trained Marine Corps might be exposed to an "unacceptable risk" if they are deployed to the border why isn´t the rest of the country at risk? It appears this commandant has just made Trump´s case for a wall.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Schnapps 3/21/2019 6:40:01 PM (No. 8505)
Semper Fi asco
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Reply 14 - Posted by: MainelySane 3/21/2019 6:40:32 PM (No. 8495)
I think it´s the function of our armed forces to defend our borders from invasion. The Commandant needs to be fired if he doesn´t understand that.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: crimea river 3/21/2019 6:41:33 PM (No. 8525)
Semper Fickle
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Achilles 3/21/2019 6:42:19 PM (No. 8501)
You freaking traitor. I think you and your whole damn family need to be put up against a wall for treason.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: preciosodrogas 3/21/2019 6:59:52 PM (No. 8523)
Issue the order cancelling all activities by this B**** general (no cap) except those deemed appropriate by the CINC and issue traveling orders to the South Pole for a 2 year tour. During which time he is to pick up every penguin pile.
But no, he will be allowed to retire with full benefits. Such only hurts the CINC and overall military moral because he disrespected because this whiner gets away with shading a superior office.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: red1066 3/21/2019 7:09:35 PM (No. 8520)
The unacceptable risk should to those storming the border.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: DVC 3/21/2019 7:11:32 PM (No. 8515)
By the time a general officer gets to this point, most have figured out that picking a fight up the chain of command, and trying to embarrass your boss is a really, REALLY bad career move.

This guy isn´t as bright as most, apparently. Time for Dumbo to retire and find someone else to do the job.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: Geoman 3/21/2019 7:24:07 PM (No. 8531)
Re: #4 - I followed the link and was not surprised to see that he made his flag ranks, including his promotion to Commandant under Obama. That distinction should be a huge red flag for our current president.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: grampus 3/21/2019 7:24:09 PM (No. 8507)
Thanks to #4 for the biog link. In his photo, the general is decorated like a Christmas tree. Mostly "I was there" awards. I know, it´s the custom but in this case seems rather "showboaty."
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Reply 22 - Posted by: judy 3/21/2019 8:01:40 PM (No. 8527)
Did he complain when Obama sent troops to the borders?
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Reply 23 - Posted by: panther361 3/21/2019 8:04:30 PM (No. 8504)
Consider how drastically the left has cut our military. The CIC is restoring it as best he can considering the flak he is getting from Congress. They are the keepers of the checkbook. It is to this I believe the General refers. Semper Fi, sir.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: chumley 3/21/2019 8:21:36 PM (No. 8518)
Like most flag officers this wenis is not a warrior or a leader, he is a politician. He should not be allowed to issue orders to anyone.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: Skinnydip 3/21/2019 8:40:52 PM (No. 8511)
Good thing he wasn´t in charge for that unplanned/unbudgeted WWII.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: Saryden 3/21/2019 8:55:17 PM (No. 8522)
What #20 said! Also, Obama forced out many high officers... so many of those remaining may be acolytes. Reminds of our "career" politicians in Congress.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: Strike3 3/21/2019 10:41:41 PM (No. 8517)
"We follow orders or people die." - Colonel Nathan Jessup

I hope the commandant is ready for retirement.
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Reply 28 - Posted by: anniebc 3/21/2019 10:46:13 PM (No. 8497)
Conduct unbecoming of a Marine.
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Reply 29 - Posted by: snowoutlaw 3/21/2019 10:50:41 PM (No. 8509)
Without even looking I figured this sounded like an Obama person. Besides in the LATs so for sure its all a load.
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Reply 30 - Posted by: DVC 3/21/2019 10:50:48 PM (No. 8503)
There are flag officers who are real warriors and who keep their eye strictly on the mission. I have known some personally.
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Reply 31 - Posted by: dirtyjersey 3/21/2019 10:59:37 PM (No. 8508)
Times like this it´s a shame that R. Lee Ermey isn´t around.
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Reply 32 - Posted by: lana720 3/21/2019 11:03:14 PM (No. 8528)
How about the unacceptable risk to your fellow, legal American citizens?
Send this guy to KP duty, now! He’s no Marine.
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Reply 33 - Posted by: XCenturion 3/22/2019 2:46:58 AM (No. 8506)
Hey commandant lest we remind you that the Commander in Chief is calling the shots on the border, not you, you snowflake. Appointed during the Obama administration in 2015 as the USMC Commandant, I see the end of Neller´s mediocre military career rapidly approaching.
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Reply 34 - Posted by: Trigger2 3/22/2019 4:29:52 AM (No. 8496)
This General needs to be removed.
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Reply 35 - Posted by: LaVallette 3/22/2019 4:54:00 AM (No. 8498)
What is the point of training for its own sake when you are confronted with a real threat to the borders of the USA. Your priorities and questioning of the legitimate orders of your civil superiors, make you unfit to lead the marine Corps.
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Reply 36 - Posted by: M2 3/22/2019 6:31:40 AM (No. 8502)
What is wrong with this picture? If there is an unacceptable risk at the border, doesn’t that necessitate someone to remove the risk? And who is supposed to remove that risk if not the Marines? I thought it was our troops´ job to keep the country safe? No?
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Reply 37 - Posted by: Goose 3/22/2019 6:47:03 AM (No. 8519)
Whatever happened to Adjust, Adapt and Overcome?
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Reply 38 - Posted by: winnie1 3/22/2019 9:35:15 AM (No. 8529)
Attention General Neller…..

Protection of America comes first before any of your priorities!
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