talk about a war other than Vietnam for a minute?
Political debate is now focused on whether Democratic
presidential candidate John Kerry and his mates were
under fire at
Cam Ranh Bay and how close he was to the
Cambodian border (not very) three decades ago.
there are American foot soldiers under siege right now
our own borders.
neither party is doing much of anything to arm, fund, or
Instead, the Associated Press reported this weekend that
President Bush`s nephew,
George P. Bush, traveled to Mexico in search of
overseas votes and condemned the federal policy of
arming U.S. Border Patrol agents with plastic pellet
guns. According to the AP:
"Speaking in a mix of English and sometimes-halting
Spanish, George P. Bush said
his uncle was not to blame for the gun policy, which
angered Mexicans. He instead blamed it on `some
local INS guy who`s trying to be tough, act macho.`”
went further in defaming the character of our Border
Patrol agents and their supervisors: "If there has
been American approval for this policy, that is
reprehensible," George P. Bush said of the guns,
essentially paintball projectiles filled with chile
powder. "It`s kind of
barbarous.` ["Bush`s Nephew, in Mexico, Calls
Arming of Border Guards `reprehensible`, By Mark
Stevenson, Associated Press , Aug 21, 2004]
Newsflash, George P: Your uncle
abolished the INS last spring. As for the
pepperball gun policy, the Border Patrol purchased a
measly 14 of the pellet guns for agents in Harlingen,
earlier this month after conducting a study of
non-lethal weaponry. The guns were first made available
to agents to protect them against violent confrontations
in California and Arizona in
Patrol spokesman Doug Mosier noted that the guns were
purchased as part of a binational pilot project with—pay
attention, George P.—Mexico.
P. Bush calls it "barbarous" that we arm Border
Patrol agents with
plastic pellet guns. The true disgrace that we have
rendered our border guards defenseless, handing them toy
guns instead of real weapons.
criminals in Mexico who
traipse across our border have no problems with
"macho" displays of barbarism. Park Ranger
Kris Eggle was murdered by an AK-47-wielding Mexican
drug smuggler two years ago this month.
was 28 when he was gunned down—the same age as George P.
want to talk about "reprehensible?" What is
reprehensible is a prominent American citizen
disrespecting our federal immigration enforcement
officers on foreign soil while scraping for expatriate
Border Patrol agents and
Park Rangers on the southern border put their lives
on the lines every day to protect us from harm. They
should be thanked, not trashed.
George P.`s views were merely his own, they might not be
worth anyone`s time. But homeland security officials in
Washington have been doing their fair share of
undermining rank-and-file Border Patrol agents as well
from the comfort of their air-conditioned offices.
mobile unit of border agents in southern California
made a series of high-profile mass arrests of illegal
aliens in June, prompting the ire of ethnic activists
and Hispanic Democrats, Under Secretary for Border and
Asa Hutchinson iced the agents` efforts and publicly
criticized the arrests. Instead of backing his own men
and women, Hutchinson
assured the open borders lobby that his department
would bow to the "sensitivities"
surrounding interior enforcement.
retreat has had a devastating effect on border agents`
morale-and our safety. A
new survey of border security personnel
released this week by the
National Border Patrol Council revealed that almost
two-thirds of the workforce are
demoralized, and nearly half of these employees have
considered leaving their job within the past two years.
The council noted:
"Almost three years after the
terrorist attacks of 9/11, despite the expenditure
of billions of dollars and endless rhetoric from the top
about how anti-terrorism is our foremost priority, only
about half of these officers believe that our nation is
any safer from terrorist threats."[PDF]
Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of
Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores.
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