Skip to comments.Mexico's Act of War
Posted on 04/14/2005 8:42:25 AM PDT by churchillbuff
What would you call it if a neighboring country used its military forces to escort illegal border crossers, including drug-runners, to border areas known to be less secure?
I'd call it an act of war.
And that's what the Mexican government stands accused of doing this week not just by the Minuteman Project President Bush derides as a "vigilante" movement, but by Border Patrol officers and elected U.S. officials.
President Bush still has a little time to save face though it is slipping away quickly.
He can change directions, admit that the Mexican border poses the No. 1 national security threat to the United States and take definitive action to secure it, or he can face the almost certain risk of a major terrorist attack on this country with the border providing the entry point.
There are simply no other choices for Bush.
The "cheap labor" argument no longer holds water not when we are squandering billions on ineffectual homeland security provisions that are rendered meaningless by the openness of the border.
Members of the president's own party in Congress are the whistleblowers on this latest outrage. He can't blame partisan politics. The president's support on every other issue of importance to his administration depends on a quick reversal of his misguided border policies.
Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., and chairman of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, had some harsh but appropriate words for Bush's blindness to the border threat:
The president of Mexico is threatening to sue any member of the Minuteman who have contact with a Mexican national, threatening to take the U.S. into the International Court of Justice at the Hague over the passage of Prop 200 in Arizona, and is providing transportation to Mexican nationals trying to sneak into the U.S. ... One could say he is acting in the best interest of his nation. Isn't it unfortunate we cannot say the same thing about President Bush?
Border Patrol sources say the Mexican army recently moved about 1,000 troops to the Agua Prieta region, just south of where the Minutemen are. These troops, the sources say, are diverting all of the illegal alien and drug-smuggling traffic away from the Minutemen.
Only dramatic action by Bush can save his presidency from disgrace.
He needs to place troops on the border to supplement Border Patrol agents. He needs to support congressional efforts to hire 10,000 more Border Patrol agents over the next five years. And he needs to work with Congress on a bill to seal the entire Mexican border with a security fence.
Those should be the minimal conditions Congress requires even for discussion of the president's misguided call for a "guest-worker" amnesty program.
Even if the nation were not facing an imminent threat from cross-border terrorism, this would be the only responsible course of action. But today, after what Americans witnessed Sept. 11, 2001, we all recognize the next attack could be far worse.
It's time for Bush to admit he was wrong that he made a mistake, that he miscalculated the threat the open border represents.
Yes, he will open himself to criticism by those who will never support him. But he can still win back the tens of millions of responsible Americans who only want what is best for this country.
Time is running out for the Bush administration and the future of his party.
If Republicans don't provide Americans with an alternative and responsible immigration and border policy, the party will go the way of the Whigs and the Bull Moose Party.
The clock is ticking and the bomb that will doom the Republicans and destroy the Bush legacy and kill untold numbers of Americans could go off at any moment.
"The clock is ticking and the bomb that will doom the Republicans and destroy the Bush legacy and kill untold numbers of Americans could go off at any moment."
The sad part is the fact that the democrats are just as much at fault but they won't be the ones to take a fall.
It's expected that the Democrats will try to drill holes in our collective boat. We elect Republicans to fill those holes. If they refuse to do so, why vote for them?
Ping the pingers
"We elect Republicans to fill those holes. If they refuse to do so, why vote for them?"
I guess it's because my only other choice are the hole drillers.
May be Joe Farah should give President Bush the exact time like 8 days, 4 hous, and 32 minutes. (sarcasm).
Joe Farah is a Buchananite bitter loser who made all types of wrong predictions and analysis and this another one of them.
Do you think Bush was smart and correct to call the Minute Men "vigilantes"?
That's gonna leave a mark!
Americans are fed up with being legally forced to fund the destruction of our own country while the US government and it's skirt-hanging political subdivisions play patty cake with each other!
And once again, back to your true agenda.
Apparently we have a co president named Vincente Arafat who's too busy promising one thing and doing the opposite and our true president doesn't want to rock the boat.
It's also time to b---h-slap his friend Fox and tell him to tend to his own countries problems instead of exporting them here and telling us how to handle them.
Me too! This has got to be President Bush's biggest mistake. I pray he realize this error before it is too late.
Step 1: Lock down our Southern Border.
Step 2: Introduce HUGE fines for employing illegal aliens.
Step 3: Forbid the granting of citizenship to children born of people here illegally.
Step 4: Round up illegals by whatever means necessary and expell them. Do not allow access to driver licenses, healthcare, welfare, food stamps or any public program, except for a one way trip home.
Step 5: Expand, as appropriate, legal immigration AFTER the current crop has assimilated. No one who has ever been deported can legally immigrate.
The sad thing is we don't have any who will try to stop it. Pres. Bush won'ty try to fix it nor is there anyone in his cabinet who will try as well. Rove tore into Tancredo for bringing up the issue of loose borders. It would be nice to see the Repubs. start acting like Repubs again(communism bad, protect borders, fiscal respon). If a Demoncat in 08 goes to the right of the Republicans they can win.
"Sure, a Democart may get elected in the meantime."
And that democrat will work to dismantle everything a conservative belives in.
I've been reading the Constitution, and cannot figure out something. How is
it that we are being invaded on our southern border, and there are almost no
members of Congress who are opposing this? There are maybe a handful who
are vocal. What am I not getting?
The Constitution is being trampled upon. Congress, do something!
The Congress shall have Power
Clause 15: To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of
the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican
Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion;
I don't disagree with you, but I believe this issue not to be a clear partisan issue. I think you have an equal mix of Republicans and Democrats on both sides of this issue.
I think the Goveror of one of these States should formerly request Federal action from the President. Ike didn't have any problem sending the Airborn into AL in 57.
A first step would be to deploy USCG troops and airborn survalience on the border as I believe he could without worrying about DOD deployment on US soil.
Back them up with a USMC "FAST" action response group like we have had at GITMO for years that will hold the Mexican Army there till our AIrborn drops behind them if they "wander over".
Wouln't hurt to have a BN of infantry for show on stage..
You're darn right. If Hillary become President, she will have all those illegal Mexican votes to get her there. Illegals are not dumb; they understand that Democrats will steal the tax payers blind to accommodate them and their numerous family members. So will George Bush, but he has only three years left while Hillary may have a lifetime appointment, as the country will no longer be a Republic by then, but will become more like a banana republic.
For those that hold out a slim hope that he will change his mind, you will be holding out for eternity because it isn't going to happen. And Bush's legacy will be Impeachment when an attack happens here again and it can be proven the attackers used our open borders.
I voted for Pat Buchanan in 2000 and was scared straight by our near miss with Al Gore. I like Tom Tancredo but I don't think he has a chance. Look at the way some freepers adopt democrat tactics to attack Tancredo with the race card etc.
Voting against the republicans will only serve to elect Hillary Clinton who the democrats will follow blindly and few republicans will have the cajones to oppose her. Personally I suspect that many republican congressmen will simply fall on their knees and worship Hillary as well.
Prison time for employers who hire illegals.
I agree, the idea that the Republicans are saving us from the Democrats is a fallacy, since the Republicans have actually been more pro-active on letting illegals into the country lately
We're being taken for a ride just as blacks are being takend for a ride in the Democrat Party. The Republcians believe that, no matter what, we'll hold our nose and vote for them because they are the "lesser of two evils".
Well, no more. I will not sit here and let you "lock-step" Republicans tell me I'm going to ruin the country if I don't vote Republcian any more. The conservative agenda is NOT being served by either party, and I will no longer roll over and hope and pray that the Republicans will do the right thing.
If the Republican party really stands for what is in it's platform then it needs to perform. We here in "real" Amercia fought hard to get and keep the majorities we now have. I expect my elected officals to fight just as hard.
I would think that by now the Republicans would have realized that even if they adopted the entire Communist Manifesto they would be ripped by the Democrats and the press. It's time for them to adopt the attitude of a great American who, when faced with certain defeat, was quoted as saying "D-mn the torpedoes - full speed ahead!"
as if the RINOs aren't already doing just that
Remember what the country learned after 4 years of Carter? :)
Then it'll be back to business as usual, and we'll pass the guest worker amnesty."
Hillary is a whole lot smarter than Carter.
The only way any action will take place on this issue is to go to the courts. Here's an interesting idea which some municipalities are trying:
I what we are learning after 4 years of Pres Bush is that not all "conservatives" are the same. Why not allow a Demoncat president so at least maybe the Repub. congress will hold that person to the fire. Not the case today. Congress will not stand up to the Pres and do the right thing. Hell, put Hillary in and lets hold her accountable. Something we can't do today.
Everyone knows that the Democrats hate America and are trying to destroy it. We were counting on the Republicans to save it. That might not happen. If the border is not secured the Rats win. In the meantime, it will destroy our Party. That doesn't even factor in the destruction it will cause our nation. The Republicans are the only ones who can stop this thing but most of them are fiddling while Rome burns.
I suggest we hold off going to war with Mexico just now. But that's just me.
Ad hominem attacks against Farah won't change the facts in his editorial.
You can call everyone you want a "Buchananite" but it won't do a thing to quell the invasion nor save the Republican Party from shooting its foot off.
"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government,
"The Congress shall have Power to provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections
I couldn't have said it any better. I think your talking points need to be sent to everyone in Congress and the administration.
Finally, a touch of reality Travis.
The truth is its the democrats turn. Hillery Clintons turn.. And the border issue will make it SEEM like Bush DID NOT do it on purpose.. Elect Hillary , of course.. because of elitist protocol..