Governor Kristi Noem has kept her travel details secret for “security reasons”. Now “security concerns” are why we don’t get to know where she’s sending our National Guard:
A battalion of the South Dakota Army National Guard was thanked by Gov. Kristi Noem, U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., for their sacrifice and service during a deployment ceremony Saturday.
Twelve South Dakota communities are represented in the deployment. The Journal agreed to release limited information on the deployment due to security concerns and the nature of the mission [Siandhara Bonnet, “South Dakota Army National Guard Deploy on New Mission,” Rapid City Journal, 2022.10.03].
We heard this same malarkey from Noem when she tried to hide details about her pimping out our National Guard to give her campaign photo opportunities between fundraisers in Texas. And just like then, whatever muzzle the Guard has put on the press doesn’t stop Noem from spilling details that make for nice campaign tweets:
Evidently Noem is sending the South Dakota National Guard on another stunt deployment to the border, which is not “open” and is not a “war zone”. And all the Guards and planes and false tweets Noem can muster won’t stop the flow of drugs, prostitutes, and workers that enter the country to meet American demand (Meth? Yeah, We’re Still On It).
Noem’s last border deployment achieved none of its stated goals; neither will this one. Instead of sending the Guard to the border, perhaps Noem should send our Guards to buzz the CAFOs along I-29. But addressing illegal immigration as a demand problem here in South Dakota and perp-walking one’s own ag-industrial campaign backers doesn’t make nearly as good campaign optics as pretending to ship our boys off to a secret war.