Border violence – where are the feds?
June 16, 2010 1 Comment
A retired army officer and border-reform advocate is blasting President Obama for his lack of resolve in dealing with the deteriorating situation on the Mexican border.
In another example of the violence in Mexico as a result of the drug war, officials there say a gang of gunmen recently raided a drug rehabilitation center in a Mexican border state capital and killed 19 people. The raid occurred late Thursday night at the Faith and Life center in Chihuahua City, about 210 miles south of Ciudad Juarez, which is just across the border from El Paso, Texas. The attackers reportedly left messages accusing the victims of being criminals.
Lt. Col. Christopher Hatley (USA-Ret.) recently published Provide for the Common Defence (Strategic Planning Press, 2009), in which he warns of the consequences of President Obama’s failure to get serious about the border.
“These are armies that they have,” he emphasizes. “In the drug war last year alone in Mexico, 6,500 people were killed — so we need to take a look at this from a national security standpoint.”
That, he argues, is where the federal government comes in. “[W]hose mission is it to defend the nation?,” Hatley asks. “It’s not the local police officer…it’s not the Border Patrol agents — it is the Department of Defense and the military departments.”
Hatley says sending just 1,200 unarmed National Guardsmen to do “back office functions” is Obama’s latest dodge on border defense. He proposes at least 44,000 troops be initially deployed along the 2,000-mile border with Mexico to shut off the flow of illegal drugs and illegal aliens.