The MexiChurian Candidate (And President) Remembered—Billions For Africa, But Not One Cent For Border Security
The MexiChurian Candidate?,
September 15, 2004]
For a man who sought to define himself
as the national security President and protector of
America, George W. Bush often put foreign
interests—mainly those of Mexico—over the well being of
the United States. Bush was certainly
the best friend Mexico ever had in the White House.
Perhaps Bush`s conflicting
loyalties show the genius of the human mind for
convenient compartmentalization. Certainly the recent
trend in the Presidency has been to think globally
rather than nationally. A new extreme occurred when
then-Presidential candidate Barack
Hussein Obama declared himself to be a
Citizen of the World in Berlin.
More and more, White House occupants see themselves
as High Poobah of the Planet, rather than the American
people`s elected President. They certainly want to be
seen as first among equals by their
peer group of other national leaders.
I wrote about the first Bush term in my 2004
The Mexichurian Candidate?, partially to
investigate whether I could find a single case of his
choosing the interests of Americans over Mexicans. I
couldn`t identify a single one—not the
water debt, nor an objection to
dangerous NAFTA trucking and no concern for
Little has changed since then.
In 2006, GWB had his usual celebration of
Cinco de Mayo in the White House for
Mexican friends, and
remarked, "Cinco de Mayo is a day of special
pride for citizens of Mexico, but it is, as well, for
Americans." What a bizarre mental gyration, even for
In the same year, a 2004 campaign video [WATCH]
came to be widely viewed on
YouTube where Bush expressed
sentiments that many
restrictionists would consider reconquista–that
to Mexicans, the border crossed them.
There was a noticeable uptick in
workplace enforcement during the Bush administration`s
final year. But Department of Homeland Security honcho
Michael Chertoff himself explained why he pursued a
crackdown strategy: "Americans will soon say, `OK,
it`s now time to allow more legal immigrants in…
Ultimately, we`re going to have to go back to Congress
and ask for comprehensive immigration reform." [Chertoff
to renew push on workers,
By Nicole Gaouette,
LA Times, Oct
Other good news was polluted as well.
sentence commutation of imprisoned Border Patrol Agents
Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean on his last
full day in office (Jan 19) was long advocated by many
citizens. But it came with more than one bitter pill.
Bush could have freed the men immediately, but instead
left them in prison until March 20.
Worse, Bush allowed Mexico City to play the US
Justice Department like its private mariachi band
regarding the case.
A top Mexican official recently
admitted meddling. Carlos Rico, the assistant foreign
minister for North American affairs, stated, "The
political maneuvering [of
Americans] was stronger than the efforts
of the Mexican government," [Bush
commutes sentences of Border Patrol agents,
By Todd J. Gillman And Laura Isensee, Dallas Morning
News, Jan 20, 2009].
Jan 19 radio interview on the John and Ken
radio show with Congressmen Ed Royce and Ted Poe noted
the disinformation that came from the executive branch
to steer Congress the wrong way when it first began to
investigate the case for possible malfeasance. Homeland
Security Inspector General
Richard Skinner lied to concerned members of Congress,
telling them that Compean and Ramos were bad cops who
wanted to kill a Mexican on the day of the shooting.
Rep John Culberson (R-TX) later nailed
Skinner during a hearing on another matter, forcing the
IG to admit his wrongdoing under oath. A
press release from the Congressman`s office
dated Feb 7, 2007, stated:
"Richard Skinner admitted yesterday under oath that
his top deputies gave Members of Congress false
information painting Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos
and Jose Compean as rogue cops who were not in fear for
their lives and who were `out to shoot Mexicans`.
"In my opinion, this false information was given to Members of Congress
to throw us off the scent and cover-up what appears to
be an unjust criminal prosecution of two U.S. law
enforcement officers whose job was protecting our
country`s borders from
Rather than being rogue cops, Ramos
insisted on a trial instead of a plea deal
because they wanted to be completely exonerated.
That strategy might have worked out
if the Justice Department hadn`t worked so hard to
railroad them. After the 2005 shooting, the Justice
Department sent agents to Mexico to find the butt-shot
drug smuggler Aldrete-Davila to recruit him
to testify, and agreed after he was offered a
border-crossing card—which he used to
smuggling in more dope!
Justice was further thwarted when the jury was not
permitted to hear that Davila was a major drug
smuggler—he swore that he
brought a single load across to help out his poor sick
The defense was
not allowed to present evidence that the
border near the shooting was a dangerous area, where a
lot of armed smugglers passed through. The whole trial
was a travesty, a
"grotesque injustice" in the words of
It`s hard not to conclude that Bush went along with
the ruination of the lives and careers of two decent
border officers to please his friends in Mexico City and
at the same time show the border remained open for
illegal business. Whether Bush worked against American
security out of his dumb
Mexophilia or for
nefarious reasons is more vexing.
There`s also clear evidence of Mexican meddling in
the case of
Deputy Sheriff Gilmer Hernandez of Edwards
County Texas who was similarly railroaded into jail for
doing his job.
While on duty, Hernandez investigated a truck
filled with illegal alien smugglers which had run a red
light, and whose passengers then attempted to run him
Hernandez then shot out the tires as the drug
smugglers tried to escape and one of the passengers was
slightly injured by flying debris. Mexico`s
consular office insisted that the Justice Department
prosecute Deputy Hernandez for performing law
enforcement against Mexicans. Bush complied.
Photos of Gilmer`s return to his home of Rocksprings,
Texas, after his release from 10 months in jail show the
town`s high regard for the man:
Mexican meddling in American
is a common event.
If the Democrats had wanted, they could have easily
accused of Bush having a
Mexican Watergate over all the
judicial misbehavior in the prosecutions
against border officers. But the Dems probably figured
that Bush was destroying his legacy well enough on his
own. A Congressional inquiry is unlikely so we will
never learn how dirty it can be at the top.
Another morally repugnant legal case was Bush`s
support for Mexico and the International Court against
justice for the American families of two teenaged girls
raped and murdered in 1993.
Jennifer Erdman and Elizabeth Pena were brutally
tortured and killed as part of a
gang initiation. Instead of properly acceding, as a
member of the Executive branch, to the Texas court`s
conviction and sentence of death for murderer
Jose Medellin, Bush
challenged the separation of powers and national
ordering a review of the case.
Mexico had decided at a late date that Medellin`s
right to consult with the local Mexican consulate had
been neglected, and that should allow him yet another
As the Governor of Texas, Bush had
overseen 152 executions. But when Mexico City
threw a hissy fit over one of its citizens,
Bush took the side of the killer against the
long-suffering families of the girls.
In the larger political arena,
Presidente Bush exposed his sovereignty
dissolution agenda in his stealthy efforts to
arrange the North American Union,
an additional scheme to benefit Mexico and harm
Americans. The plan for more "integrated"
economies would include lots of US taxpayer money
invested in Mexican infrastructure (despite the fact
Mexico is a wealthy country, consistently
#14 in world GDP).
After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President Bush sent
our troops into Afghanistan to take out dangerous
jihadist training camps. However, FBI reports in 2005 of
at least one narco training camp in Mexico
brought no attention whatsoever from the White House.
Eight years of Bush permissiveness toward Mexico has
left it a
national security disaster for America that
President Barack Obama will have to face.
As we bid a fond, none-too-soon farewell to Bush, it
should be noted that his preference for non-American
do-gooder activities also extended to Africa.
Bush happily signed onto the anti-AIDS campaign
Bono. If the United States were flush with
cash rather than trillions of dollars in debt, and if
all citizens had reasonable access to healthcare, a tax
expenditure of $48 billion for African AIDS treatment
might be almost tolerable.
As perhaps the most grandiose expression of his
compassionate conservatism, the President acted like
Mr. Generous and the taxpayers were stuck
with the hefty tab:
U.S. triples AIDS, malaria, TB funds for Africa
France-Press, July 30, 2008].
“President George W. Bush on Wednesday signed
legislation tripling funds to fight the killer diseases
of AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in the world`s poorest
countries, mainly in Africa.
“Congress approved a package earlier
this month which lifted funding for the five-year
program from 15 billion dollars, set in 2003, to the
48 billion dollars signed into law by Bush.
“The U.S. president had called during a trip to Africa in February for
Congress to double funding for the program to 30 billion
dollars, but the final sum was much larger.”
Millions of Americans have
no healthcare, but the Bush and Congress have
given $48 billion in medical aid to Africa.
What`s wrong with this picture? Everything.
Bush should have spent the citizens` money on the
American people when there is so much need at home for
But it was wrong for Bush to direct taxpayer funds on
do-gooder foreign projects to spiff up his image when he
has indebted the country for
trillions of dollars with nothing to show for
And if misplaced generosity with money borrowed from
an unfriendly communist country isn`t bad enough, some
of the expensive AIDS drugs are being stolen from sick
Getting high on HIV drugs in S Africa [BBC
Dec 8 2008].
“Anti-retroviral drugs used to
treat HIV/Aids are being bought and smoked by teenagers
in South Africa to get high.
“Reports suggest that the drugs are being sold by patients and even
healthcare staff for money.
“Schoolchildren have been spotted smoking the drugs, which are ground
into powder and sometimes mixed with painkillers or
James Madison remarked
in 1794, "Charity
is no part of the legislative duty of the government."
Some conservatives are singing Bush`s praises because
there have been no more terror attacks after 9/11, while
most Americans believed that there would be.
True enough, but he has managed
to shred the conservative movement with his
taxpayer-funded "compassion" and stunning
trillion worth of additional debt). Not to
mention his acquiescence to Mexican and foreign
interests, which has been excessive and relentless.
At least Obama had the honesty
to declare himself a one-worlder, as one expects of a
far left politician. Bush has been slyer,
wrapping himself in the flag when it suited him but he
has undermined the sovereignty and Constitution he swore
Good-bye and good riddance.
Brenda Walker (email
her) lives in Northern California and publishes
She still thinks Bush
behaves as if
someone in Sombrero-land has blackmail-quality photos,
perhaps from the mysterious party-dude years.