By Marcos Ommati/Diálogo June 08, 2020 On April 1, the United States announced enhanced counternarcotics operations in the Caribbean Sea to combat the flow of illicit drugs into the U.S. by malign actors taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. President Donald Trump made the announcement together with Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley, and Admiral Karl L. Schultz, 26th commandant of the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Diálogo spoke with Adm. Schultz, former U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) director of operations (J3), about his main goals, challenges, and COVID-19, among other topics.Diálogo: What is your main goal and biggest challenge as the USCG commander?Admiral Karl Schultz, commandant of the United States Coast Guard: I think as part of a service team, and that is what the commandant position is, I am in the business of manning, training, and equipping Coast Guard men and women. We have 11 statutory missions, and I got to roll them up under three lines of effort: securing the Homeland, fostering economic prosperity, and advancing our other national security interests, a lot of which falls under support of the combatant commanders, including our relationship with SOUTHCOM. One of my signature efforts over the last two years has been addressing Coast Guard readiness, and a key pillar of that readiness in our service is what I call the mission-ready total work force. It is building capacity in the workforce, which ties back to broadening the diversity of our work force. We are putting the tools in our people’s hands to get out there and do the important work for the nation.Diálogo: Is COVID-19 also considered a big challenge?Adm. Schultz: I think COVID-19 plays a role in every aspect of people’s lives across the globe right now, and certainly impacts the Coast Guard. I am really proud of our Coast Guard men and women. We continue in our relationship with SOUTHCOM to have many cutters in the area of responsibility doing counternarcotics work during the entire pandemic. We are doing rescue work, and I mentioned one of our key lines of effort is enabling economic prosperity –— there are 361 ports in the nation and 25,000 miles of navigable waterways. We are enabling the economy, but it is obviously taking some body blows here — container shipping is down 20-30 percent. Prices of a barrel of oil are affecting the energy sector as well, but we are doing our best to keep the economy going and help the economy get back on track here, while we do rescues, counternarcotics, and migrant interdiction, which are the whole portfolio of Coast Guard missions.Diálogo: You served as director of operations at SOUTHCOM. What is the most important lesson learned from your tenure and how are you using that experience in your current role?Adm. Schultz: I think the key take away was maybe more of a revalidation than a lesson learned. One of the things that I truly appreciated about my two years at SOUTHCOM was the partnerships. SOUTHCOM is integrated with more than 30 countries in the Western Hemisphere. I look at where we were 10 years ago, but I have been around in this counternarcotics mission most of my 37 years in the Coast Guard, in some form or fashion, and I see the level of contribution partner nations make. I would say that 50 to 60 percent of all those narcotics interdictions have partner nations’ contributions. I think somewhere between 20 to 40 percent actually have partner nation end game results in those interdictions. I really enjoyed that SOUTHCOM excels at building partner capacity.Diálogo: How is the USCG contributing to the current counternarcotics fight that was launched on April 1?Adm. Schultz: I believe that SOUTHCOM commanders Admiral [Kurt] Tidd, General John Kelly, and now Admiral Craig Faller talk about the Coast Guard being SOUTHCOM’s Navy. We remain, in my opinion, the primary force provider on any given day. We certainly welcome the uptick of the U.S. Navy hulls and capabilities, and the Department of Defense assets that are contributing to this counternarcotics operation. I will not get into too many specifics because of operational sensitivities, but we are all in the fight. We will remain in that fight, because between 60,000 and 70,000 deaths occur on American streets every year from drug overdoses and drug-related violence, so this is important. I have witnessed first-hand over my career, including my time at SOUTHCOM, the destructive, corrosive, destabilizing effect of drugs in Latin America, and those corrosive effects of the drugs in places like El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. So, we are all in the fight and we will remain committed to the president’s guidance.Diálogo: Can you please elaborate on the USCG’s relationship with Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIAF-South)?Adm. Schultz: JIATF-South has been around for more than 30 years, and I think it is the premiere joint interagency, international, collaborative center in the world when it comes to counternarcotics work. And clearly, they have the lead role under Admiral DeQuattro [Rear U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Pat DeQuattro, JIAF-South director] with detecting and monitoring. We are one of the services that provide forces and end game capability, so yes, JIATF-South is absolutely critical, along with the partner nations present there, in countering drug movements. I would just add that the U.S. Coast Guard, in partnership with SOUTHCOM, to include partner nations’ contributions, clearly remains committed in this region. I am not exactly sure what the new normal will look like, but I think doing the new normal together through a collaborative partnership lens is going to be important for the security and safety of the Western Hemisphere.
“When people say I’m not out there all morning, that is a blatant lie. “I think it might’ve been someone else trying to be mischievous and telling him what to say. “Whatever. It’s done and dusted. I just want to be positive now.” QPR chairman Tony Fernandes intervened in the public disagreement, but Redknapp does not believe Taarabt has been disciplined by QPR for his part in the row. “I don’t hold grudges,” Redknapp said. “He got pushed into writing a load of stuff that wasn’t true. I don’t think he’s been fined and I wouldn’t want to fine him. “I’ve always been a manager where people go, ‘You do love a problem player’. “The big difference is the ones I’ve had before keep producing on the pitch. “Unfortunately at the moment Adel needs to produce. He’s got great talent. “He could be an incredible, incredible footballer for this football club.” Redknapp, who recalled how he rescued Taarabt from Tottenham’s reserves when he was Spurs boss six years ago, ruled the midfielder out of Monday’s match with Aston Villa. “He’s been ill all week,” Redknapp added. “He’s had a sore throat, so he’s not been available to train. He’s going to train this morning (Saturday).” Redknapp will thrust Taarabt into his QPR side as soon as he proves his fitness. “I’ve had ups and downs with him before, but I’ve had more ups than downs with him,” Redknapp added. “I’ve brought coaches in here that think I’m off my head to keep sticking with him and trying to get him onside. They’d have bombed him out ages ago, but I haven’t. “I said to (first-team coach) Glenn Hoddle when he came in, ‘Have a look at his ability’. And Glenn went, ‘Corr, he can play’. “About three days later, Glenn’s going to me, ‘Why doesn’t he train?’ And that’s the problem. “He’s got to get himself in good shape, get fit and if he does that his talent is fantastic. “If he’s ready to play, I’ll be the first one to pick him. “We need him fit and we need him playing. He can change a game. “He needs to do that for his own good and the good of QPR.” Rob Green is available following illness which kept him out of the Liverpool match and could displace Alex McCarthy in goal. Defender Nedum Onuoha (hamstring) and midfielder Sandro (groin) are doubts. Midfielders Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch (both hamstring) remain out alongside long-term absentee Alejandro Faurlin (knee). Defender Rio Ferdinand was an unused substitute against Liverpool and has stated his intention to retire at the end of this season. The former England captain and Manchester United centre back has had a challenging time at QPR, but Redknapp cannot fault his efforts. “It’s been very difficult, (but) Rio’s a fantastic professional,” Redknapp said. “He’s different class. I’m delighted to have him at the club.” Redknapp has told the 25-year-old Taarabt to look to the example of the world’s leading players – Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale – who combine their talent with hard work. “He’s not a Messi,” Redknapp added. “If you want to be a Messi, a Ronaldo, a Suarez or Bale, they all have one thing in common – they work their socks off with and without the ball. “They’re incredible footballers. There’s no-one to compare with them.” “When I get the hump I do tend to say what I feel. He has tested me. He’s tested everybody. (But) I’m the one that’s stuck with him. “When you’re on someone’s side so much and you get let down, at some stage you tend to crack over it. “Like with your kid misbehaving, you say, ‘Don’t do that, don’t do that’. In the end you get the hump with them enough and you send them to bed, or whatever. That’s how I felt last Sunday. “The only person that can help Adel is himself. I want him to do that. I still believe in him. “I love watching him do things on the football pitch. I love it when he does something special. “I just want him to come and train hard and get back in the team. We need him.” Redknapp wants to move on from the feud with Taarabt, who spent last season on loan at Fulham and AC Milan, but admitted he was hurt by the suggestion he was rarely present at training. “I’m out on that training ground every single day,” Redknapp added. Harry Redknapp has likened Adel Taarabt to a misbehaving child and admitted he felt like sending the Morocco playmaker to his bedroom – but insisted he still believes in him. Although Redknapp said he held no grudges, the QPR boss could not resist revisting last week’s public spat over Taarabt’s weight and offering an explanation for the row. “It was something that happened before the game and during the week,” said Redknapp, who lost patience following last week’s last-gasp loss to Liverpool. Press Association
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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Wellington 50 Clearwater 39 Clearwater28102â€”22 Wellington:Gilmore 2, Phelps 5, Reichenberger 7, Nance 22, Pettegrew 3, Snipes 8, King 3. Total: 16 (3) 9-20 50. Wellington11161013â€”50 Wellington12987â€”34 In the girls game, Wellington capped off a 13-7 season and an 11-2 run down the stretch. In the final half of league play, Wellington was 4-1 with its only loss coming in an overtime heart-breaker to Andale. And this was done without its second leading scorer Avery Rusk, who is out with a stress fracture.The game Thursday, wasnâ€™t their best. Wellington did what it had to do. It built a 12-2 lead in the first quarter and was in front 21-10 at the half. The Lady Dukes would be outscored 10-8 in the third but would outscore the Indians in the fourth 7-2 for the 12-point win.Lauryn Snipes led the Crusaders with 14 points. Follow us on Twitter. Clearwater: Cotham 5, Reibenspies 10, Klausmeyer 5, Oberlechner 2. Total 9 (0) 4-9 22. Clearwater691410â€”39 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” It was Senior Night at Crusaders gymnasium and although there wasnâ€™t a lot of poetic basketball, it was a good evening for the silver and red.Wellington boys would finally topple Clearwater 50-39. Earlier in the evening the Wellington girls beat the Indians 34-22.Now comes sub-state. The pairings will be released Saturday by the Kansas State High School Activities Association.â€œWe are back to square one,â€ said Brian Buchanan, Wellington head boy basketball coach. â€œWe are 0-0 and from this point forward it will be about who wants it the most.â€Â Both Wellington teams have a shot of winning their respective substates. The boys will be playing at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The girls will be playing at 6 p.m. on Friday. Both teams will await word on whether or not they will play Mulvane or Rose Hill.For the boys, Wellington has beaten the top seed Winfield team at its place already three weeks ago. If the Crusaders want to go to the Class 4A State Tournament in Salina they will have to do it again.The Wellington girls will be the top seed going into the Winfield sub-state. They have won against all three teams during the regular season.On Thursday night, it was about finishing business.The Crusader boys finished the regular season at 10-10 with a victory over Clearwater. The Indians had beaten the Crusaders twice before, including the Chaparral Tournament Championship. One could argue those games were easily Wellingtonâ€™s worst games of the seasons.But Thursday, Wellington was pretty much in control. Having come off a last-second heartbreaker loss to Circle on Tuesday, the Crusaders were in no mood to lose another one. And they led this game from start to finish.Wellington opened with an 11-6 first-quarter lead. They built a 27-15 halftime advantage. Although Clearwater had cut the lead to six on a couple of occasions in the third, Wellington would re-up the lead to 37-29 going into the fourth quarter.Clearwater would stick around trailing by seven with 1:26 to play. But with the Indians being called for a 10-second violation, that would be all there was to write. The Crusaders would outscore Clearwater 5-1 in the final minute to win by 11.Trevor Nance led the Dukes with 22 points. Clearwater: Wells 2, Neises 14, Smith 2, Mills 5, Hall 9, Bates 7: Total 6 (6) 9-18 39 Wellington: T. French 5, Snipes 14, S. French 5, M. Adams 5, Zimmerman 5. Total 11 (2) 6-11 34 Wellington 34 Clearwater 22