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Trump's Leadership Fail, Not Funding Delays Border Wall

Trump's Leadership Fail, Not Funding Delays Border Wall
In this file photo, a portion of the new steel border fence stretches along the U.S.-Mexico border in Sunland Park, New Mexico. Congressional Republicans have a new talking point about President Donald Trump’s border wall, that it's not really a wall. The issue recently arose as Congress squabbled over government spending. (Rodrigo Abd/AP)

By Friday, 28 April 2017 02:49 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Alexander the Great conquered much of the known world, naming scores of cities after himself. But he paled in comparison to Genghis Khan, who conquered every one of Alexander’s cities. However, even Genghis couldn’t conquer the most valued prize — Xiangyang, gateway to southern China and the most important city of the Song Dynasty.

And why not? Simple. It had a very big wall.

The Song knew that walls worked. They had been used for thousands of years to protect those behind them and preserve a civilization’s very way of life — strategic assets for defending, and advancing, society’s interests.

But don’t they now serve only as symbols of intolerance? Not a chance. Just ask the Israelis.

During the Second Intifada, when Palestinians waged deadly terror attacks against Israel, the Israeli government finally had enough; it authorized the construction of a barrier between the West Bank and Israel. It worked.

In 2002, as construction commenced, there were 73 suicide bombings, killing 450 and injuring 2000. But as the wall progressed, the carnage lessened, dropping to just 12 attacks in 2006. Today, hostile infiltrations have become virtually nonexistent.

Has the wall isolated Palestinians, and have tourists been denied access to historic sites in the Palestinian Territories, such as Bethlehem? As this author can attest firsthand, not at all.

And because border-crossing agents employ the latest technology and profiling techniques, explosives ending up in terrorist hands has vastly decreased, making everyone safer.

Likewise, Egypt constructed a border wall between it and the Gaza Strip as a way to stymie terror groups and prevent the unchecked flow of refugees.

Several European countries have strengthened their borders to control the massive number of unvetted refugees streaming from the Mideast, some of whom committed deadly terror attacks.

Closer to home, talks continue about sealing the southern border to impede illegal immigrants, drug cartels, human traffickers and tax-evading cargo smugglers. But we’re talking about the Mexico-Guatemala border, where those trying to enter illegally wreak havoc on Mexico’s physical and economic security.

How ironic that the Mexican government vigorously criticizes American efforts to secure its border, yet often brutally repels those crossing its border. And there is even talk of Mexico constructing a southern border wall. Unbelievable.

The problem is that President Trump has been improperly framing the border wall issue. Sure, the wall will reduce illegals. More importantly, it will deter drug smuggling — and protecting America’s youth trumps thwarting illegals simply looking for a better life.

A wall would hinder human traffickers who often rape and murder their "cargo," or leave them to die in the back of a truck.

And it’s only a matter of time before a terrorist crosses the open border with a weapons of mass destruction. So when Phoenix gets vaporized, we’ll at least know why. And walking across the open border isn’t an exaggeration, as many miles are completely devoid of barriers and border patrol agents.

A wall wouldn’t be "anti-immigration," at all, but anti-illegal immigration. Too many forget that America welcomes over a million legal immigrants per year — the most in the world.

But it’s time to think about finding other work than the presidency for Donald J. Trump if he can’t fund the wall. And it appears that’s exactly what has just occurred, given his dubious claim that he’ll "revisit" the issue — later.

This is becoming a pattern. Like his vague pledge to revisit healthcare "later," his brushed-aside commitment to investigate voter fraud; the untouched Iran nuclear deal; and America’s still-in-place unfavorable trade deals with China. The fact that Mr. Trump has been blaming Democrats is insane.

In case the president hasn’t realized it, the Republicans control everything in Washington, D.C. They don’t need Democratic support. Mr. Trump’s inability to get his own people on board is a colossal failure of leadership. Ditto for blaming the Democrats for the failure on healthcare reform.

Maybe he should be more concerned about why there is no national ad campaign explaining to the American people why a border wall is necessary.

Funding is not the issue. A mere $10 billion is peanuts, as the government spends more than that per day! So build the wall, at least partially, with non-violent prisoners (saving billions in prison costs), and illegal immigrants.

The bottom line is that this is a personal issue masquerading as a political one, the result of a president shooting from the hip and insulting people rather than acting presidentially.

Donald Trump is fast becoming the poster boy for the major difference between the two parties. That, Democrats wield power, while Republicans merely hold office.

It’s time to build a border wall, because as Ronald Reagan correctly stated, "A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation."

President Trump, let’s get it done. And if not, prepare to be "deported" in the next election.

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.

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It’s time to think about finding other work than the presidency for Donald J. Trump if he can’t fund the wall. It appears that’s exactly what has just occurred, given his dubious claim that he’ll revisit the issue, later. This is becoming a pattern.
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