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What A Waste

More Wall:

Construction of the 30-foot, 2.5-mile-long wall began in February and lasted eight months. Nielsen watched as welders affixed a sign to the wall to commemorate the event. It’s now the tallest barrier on the entire 2,000-mile-long southwest border.

“Looking at this, I would not attempt to climb it,” Nielsen said.

A plaque with President Trump’s name was welded onto the wall after the ceremony as Nielsen and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan watched.

Eight months to build 2.5 miles means 2 years 8 months to build 10 miles. Congress authorized around 50 miles which would take 13 years 4 months to build at the current rate. This was a replacement for an existing structure, so truly new construction would take longer.

Nielsen apparently missed the news that the bad guys will just tunnel under it or buy battery powered saws and cut a door.

Just put up a few billboards with Trump on them and forget Wall.


1 Badtux { 02.23.19 at 9:51 am }

On the plus side, this stretch of Wall will prevent drugs from flowing into the United States… oh wait, trebuchets can easily fling bales of marijuana over a 30 foot wall.


2 Bryan { 02.23.19 at 11:40 am }

And those bales can injure Border Patrol agents on the US side who didn’t know what was going on, which is why the Border Patrol doesn’t like the concept of solid concrete walls.

3 Badtux { 02.27.19 at 11:32 am }

I think Trump wanted something like the Great Wall of China, which is basically rammed earth between two stone walls with guard stations on top of it and was so effective that China got conquered through it not once, but * twice*. Usually by the invaders just paying the gate-keepers to hold the gates open.

Instead, Wall is a bollard fence. LOL. And now Trump saying Wall good, bollard fence is Wall, Trump like Wall, Trump smash!

(BTW, we know what a guard station on top of a wall is in the modern era. “Target practice”. LOL.)

4 Bryan { 02.27.19 at 3:15 pm }

That’s basically what they have in some places along the Rio Grand/Bravo although they call it a levee. Now they want to put a bollard fence on top so none of the people living on the river side of the levee have access to their property.

There has never been a barrier that could stop corruption, that’s why most of the illegal drugs move through ports of entry [until the next tunnel gets built.]

What in hell is the Border Patrol going to do if they start loading stones into their catapults/trebuchets instead of bales of hemp? We’ll have an arms war on the southern border.