Cut ‘will hurt’
BARBADOS AND ITS REGIONAL COLLEAGUES stand to lose much-needed financial support in fighting the scourge of illegal drugs and surviving fallout from natural disasters, if the United States of America goes ahead with budget cuts at the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), an agency which helps in security operations throughout the Caribbean.
It is against this background that Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has called on the United States government to revisit the decision to make the cuts.
“ . . . I think it should concern in the region. Not only from a security perspective but certainly . . . for them to respond to humanitarian missions in this region,” he said.
“So I would like to use this opportunity to say that certainly from where I sit, it does concern us slightly that given the difficulties that we are having in terms of increased drug shipment through the region, given our vulnerability to natural and man-made disasters that we probably need more support in the region as opposed to less support.” (SDB Media)
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