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And now for today’s commentary –
From Washington with John Block
I’m going to target a number of timely issues today. But the one in the headlines is the almost overnight collapse of the Afghan government. In the last 2 or 3 weeks the Taliban has taken control of the whole country. It is absolute chaos. I have for years hoped we could get out of Afghanistan. But not like this. After fighting a war for 20 years and spending more than $1 trillion, we have nothing. Think about our own fighters that died and their families. The Biden administration did not have a departure plan. It is humiliating. The whole world is watching.
I need to turn the page. Food insecurity in the world is up 32% from 2020. That is 1.2 billion hungry people. The COVID –19 pandemic has caused supply problems. In addition – incomes are lower and prices higher. The nations that hurt the worst are in Asia and Africa. The United States government is the leader in delivering humanitarian assistance. Big challenge.
Let’s turn back to USA. Last month immigrants detained crossing our southern border set a new record of 200,000. Some are returned to the country from which they came. However, 83,000 – that is 43% were released in the U.S. We don’t know where they go. In addition, thousands are not caught at the border. They go where they want to go. This is a crisis, and we are not dealing with it effectively. I know that we need immigrants, but we should select the ones that we want and bring them in legally.
Last on this week’s list – Turn to pigs. We raise pigs on my farm. I grew up with pigs – showing my pigs at the 4-H show, Knox County Fair and Illinois State Fair. But my pigs were not wild. Our southern states have a lot of wild pigs. They have been moving northward. They are in southern Illinois. My sows run in the field – not locked in pens in a barn. I worry about the wild pigs. They can spread disease. We don’t have African Swine Fever yet in the U.S., but wild pigs brought it into Germany. I bring this up because it is a serious risk to be concerned about.
Until next week, this John Block reporting from Washington, D.C. If you would like to review my radio shows going back more than 20 years, just go on-line to www.johnblockreports.com.