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Fri Feb 11, 2022, 03:02 PM

Texas national guardsmen say border assignment is a waste of resources

Since Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott deployed thousands of personnel to the US-Mexico border, the operation has been slammed as overtly political and a waste of resources by Democratic lawmakers and even some of the National Guard members participating in the mission.

Last March, Abbott, who's up for reelection, launched "Operation Lone Star," citing a crisis at the US southern border. The operation -- which leaned on resources from Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas National Guard -- has swelled to more than 10,000 service members.

The speed at which the operation launched and its scope has fueled frustrations internally and among veterans of the Guard. Multiple members of the Guard who are deployed as part of Operation Lone Star and spoke to CNN described long hours with little to do, poor planning, and a lack of mission -- all of which, they say, are contributing to low morale among soldiers.

"As military, people know the term hurry up and wait. This is just the biggest hurry up and wait I was a part of, and there's really no set, 'hey, we're doing this, or hey, go out and do this.' It's just, we're sitting around doing nothing," one soldier said.

https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/10/politics/texas-operation-lone-star-border-immigration-abbott/index.html

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Jilly_in_VA Feb 2022 OP
Thomas Hurt Feb 2022 #1
NCjack Feb 2022 #4
walkingman Feb 2022 #2
patphil Feb 2022 #3

Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Fri Feb 11, 2022, 03:05 PM

1. Sure dude, didn't you know from the start that you were just an actor...

in a very expensive piece of political theater? Abbott doesn't care about you or what you are doing.

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Response to Thomas Hurt (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 11, 2022, 04:55 PM

4. Sorry for your situation, but your duty is get Abbott reelected governor.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Fri Feb 11, 2022, 03:11 PM

2. Abbott is the worst.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Fri Feb 11, 2022, 03:54 PM

3. I wonder how much this has cost the Texas taxpayers.

It's got to be in the millions.

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