I'm astounded that American troops are just now building a military base in Iraq near the Iran border! Holy crap, shouldn't this have been done like five years ago?

BARDA, Iraq -- The Pentagon is preparing to build its first base for U.S. forces near the Iraqi-Iranian border, in a major new effort to curb the flow of advanced Iranian weaponry to Shiite militants across Iraq.

The push also includes construction of fortified checkpoints on the major highways leading from the Iranian border to Baghdad and the installation of X-ray machines and explosives-detecting sensors at the only formal border crossing between Iran and Iraq.

Sounds like it's easier for the Iranians to carry weapons into Iraq than it is for me to get on a plane! Why don't we "redeploy" the bazillions of lounging TSA employees from our airports to the Iraq-Iran border?

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