Another Failed Policy, Another Dead American

By Alden L. Benton

“The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government.”
~Thomas Paine

On Tuesday (October 2, 2012), I wrote about the president’s failures and his deceit.  Another policy failure of the Obama administration has entered the news.  Unfortunately, this failure cost yet another American life.

MyFoxPhoenix.com reports that one Border Patrol agent was killed and another wounded in an attack eight miles inside the United States near Naco, Arizona.  A third agent escaped unhurt.

The map shows southeastern Arizona and the area where one Border Patrol agent was killed and another wounded last Tuesday. Naco, Arizona, indicated by A, is where the agents were stationed. Map generated on Rand-McNally.com.

“According to Cochise County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Carol Capas, the shooting occurred after an alarm was triggered on one of the many sensors along the border, near mile marker 352 on Highway 80, about 1 a.m.  The three agents were on horseback and were investigating when they were shot at. It’s not known whether the agents returned fire.

Authorities have identified 30-year-old Nicholas Ivie as the slain agent.  He joined the U.S. Border Patrol in January 2008 and was a native of Provo, Utah,” according to Fox 10 News in Phoenix.

How many Border Patrol agents are going to die before the Obama administration gets serious about border security?

This is not about immigration.  This has nothing to with race.  It is about a violent, lawless, criminal element based in Mexico that has invaded and occupied sovereign United States soil.  It is about illegal drugs.  It is about human trafficking.  It is about the potential of terrorism.

In a 2010 story, Fox News reported that “in southern Arizona, where parts of five federal lands — including two designated national monuments — continue to post travel warnings or be outright closed to Americans who own the land because of the dangers of ‘human and drug trafficking’ along the Mexican border.”

Estimates of exactly how many acres of federal land are closed due to safety concerns near the border were not immediately available, but at least one lawmaker told FoxNews.com that the policy of “ceding” federal land to drug and human trafficking is unacceptable, according to the article.

Representative Rob Bishop (R-Utah), who still serves in the House of Representatives, said in 2010 that closing public lands and restricting how the Border Patrol operates in those areas

“…is a ludicrous message.  That policy in unacceptable.  That strikes of running a policy of appeasement to drug cartels instead of fighting back.  Someone has to say that not one inch of American property will be given to the bad guys and not one death is acceptable.”

Since the Fox News article appeared in 2010, two Border Patrol agents are dead and the affected public lands remain closed to American citizens.

Nevertheless, the Obama administration turns a blind eye or worse. In a ludicrous, but deadly attempt to eliminate our Second Amendment rights, the Obama Department of Justice allowed deadly automatic weapons to “walk” into Mexico as part of Operation Fast and Furious.

It was one of those weapons that was used in the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry along the U.S.-Mexican border in 2010.  Ironically, the station from which the dead and wounded agents operated from had been renamed in memory of Agent Terry.

The U.S.-Mexico border runs 1,969 miles from Imperial Beach, California to Brownsville, Texas.

Last year, according to Gateway Pundit, President Obama told an El Paso, Texas, audience that the border fence was complete.

“They wanted more agents on the border.  Well, we now have more boots on the ground on the southwest border than at any time in our history.  The Border Patrol has 20,000 agents – more than twice as many as there were in 2004, a build up that began under President Bush and that we have continued.  They wanted a fence. Well, that fence is now basically complete.”

At the time the president made that statement on May 10, 2011, only 5 per cent — 36.3 miles of fence had been completed in the El Paso area.  Watch the president lie to the citizens of El Paso here

According to Wikipedia, “U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that it had more than 580 miles of fence in place by the second week of January, 2009.  Work is still under way on fence segments in Texas and on the Border Infrastructure System in California.” 

Additionally, according to the U.S. Border Patrol website, “…nowhere along the entire border has Mexico installed any barrier of its own.  All the barriers between the countries have been paid for by the U.S. Taxpayer.”

Aerial surveillance spots two “high value” drug mules (smugglers) with five fully armed soldiers protecting them. Photo from U.S. Border Patrol.

In addition to drug violence, the southern U. S. border is vulnerable to increasing threats of terrorism spawned in the Middle East. 

Last February, Commentary Magazine reported on Iran’s attempts to expand its influence in the western hemisphere.  “Tehran makes no secret of its determination to carry its asymmetrical warfare to the Western Hemisphere…. Such provocations are part of what should be understood as Iran’s five-year push into the Americas,” according to an article by Roger F. Noriega.

President Obama has promised to “monitor” Iran’s activities, but as we have seen with the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, monitoring the situation did not save the life of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

According to Noriega,

In the last five years, Iran has begun to take full advantage of Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chávez’s unprecedented hospitality in the Americas.  Chávez’s petro-diplomacy has enabled Ahmadinejad to cultivate partnerships with anti-U.S. regimes in Cuba, Ecuador, and Bolivia as well.  Today, a shadowy network of commercial and industrial enterprises in several countries affords Iran a physical presence in proximity to the borders of its greatest foe.  It is increasingly clear that Iran intends to use safe havens in these countries to deploy conventional and unconventional weaponry that pose a direct threat to U.S. territory, strategic waterways, and American allies.

Having fallen dangerously behind in its effort to stop Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons, Washington can scarcely afford to cede ground to the Islamic Republic in what is, in global terms, the United States’ own backyard.  Iran, emboldened by its success in eluding significant Western sanctions and keeping American military force at bay, is becoming more provocative.  If Washington does not transition from monitoring to acting against Iranian advances in Latin America, it may find itself confronting a grave and growing threat that it can neither diminish nor evade.

The threats are clear.  Yet, Obama and his cadre of incompetents are asleep at the wheel while the security of the United States erodes.

Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, and Nicholas Ivie all died in the last three weeks because of the president’s ill-advised policies. 

Foreign terrorists are camped at the nation’s door in Central and South America.

Mexican criminal cartels control vast swaths of public land in the Southwest states.

Still, the president does nothing.

It is time for leadership and vision before more patriots die, not the endless campaign of an absentee president.


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