In a fascinating read, via Defense One's Molly O'Toole, comes an apocryphal description - by John Kelly, GEN USMC - targeting our southern border, now known as an 'Existential Threat'. Probably too close to the truth for most of Congress to admit.
"In spring hearings before the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, Kelly said that budgets cuts are “severely degrading” the military’s ability to defend southern approaches to the U.S border. Last year, he said, his task force was unable to act on nearly 75 percent of illicit trafficking events. “I simply sit and watch it go by,” he said. But the potential threats are even greater. Kelly warned that neglect has created vulnerabilities that can be exploited by terrorist groups, describing a “crime-terror convergence” already seen in Lebanese Hezbollah’s involvement in the region.' - via Defense One's Molly O'Toole