But give him four more year and he’ll get it right… 🙂
President Obama made much of his duty to protect at Wednesday’s debate. But his record shows little heed for that, not just in Benghazi, but also inside America, which may be Mexico’s new cartel battlefield.
According to a CBS News report, three of Mexico’s cartels are fighting pitched battles in Chicago, and it’s their turf wars that are driving its murder rate skyward in violence that shockingly resembles that of Juarez, Mexico.
Chicago recorded 391 murders this year, a sharp 40% rise for the year, signaling even to laymen that there’s a new thug on the block adapting easily to Chicago’s hub geography, local gangs and entrenched culture of political corruption.
“We know that the majority of the drugs here in Chicago, cartels are responsible for,” DEA Special Agent in Charge Jack Riley told CBS. “We know the majority of murders are gang related. So it’s very clear the connection and role.”
But though this would be recognized as spillover from a foreign war in any other country, there’s no such recognition from the Obama White House on what in fact is a threat from abroad to the U.S. homeland.
In fact, the White House has gone out of his way to deny a problem, and in fact to exacerbate the problem — refusing to enforce immigration laws for one, and refusing to cooperate in a major investigation from Congress on why U.S. lawmen were letting 2,000 guns flow to Mexico’s cartels without Mexico’s knowledge in a failed effort to “trace” them, known as Operation Fast and Furious.
Drug cartels now seem to be sufficiently emboldened by Washington’s climate of drift to begin to make good on their threat to target U.S. lawmen, which is more evidence of spillover.
U.S. Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie was shot and and killed Tuesday in what may have been an ambush trap laid by drug lords in retaliation for the Border Patrol apprehending 10 drug mules in the badlands of Arizona between Naco and Bisbee.
The attack area was significant — the Brian Terry station, named after the U.S. Border Patrol agent killed by Mexican cartels with “Fast and Furious” weapons.
Were the cartels sending a message?
Perhaps, because in another little noted story, they already targeted Central Intelligence Agency employees inside Mexico, shooting two last month in what was originally reported as a case of mistaken identities, but later found to have been an organized attack, confounding Washington as to what they were capable of.
Yet neither the political establishment, nor the mainstream media seem to view this evidence of the war in Mexico spreading to the U.S. as anything more than a simple law enforcement problem.
It’s been found in Congress this week that the Obama administration failed to protect the U.S. ambassador in Libya by denying him the security he needed.
That’s because to have done so might have meant admitting that America has enemies.
Now we are seeing the same Benghazi logic out of the White House as U.S. cities slowly get taken over by cartel turf wars, U.S. lawmen get targeted, and Obama’s Homeland Security chief, Janet Napolitano, declares “our border never has been safer.”
For President Obama, the war Mexico is fighting is separate from the human smuggling and drug rackets at the root of the cartel activity in the U.S. Gun flows and illegal immigration are actually encouraged.
Obama told debate moderator Jim Lehrer that his top duty as chief executive is to protect the country. The reality is that his actions have consistently come second to protecting his political fortunes.
Ever wonder how Mexico got to its weakened condition on fighting gangs? Look no farther than how the Obama administration is meeting this challenge. (IBD)
Jose Antonio Vargas, the writer and activist who went public last year with his status as an undocumented immigrant, was arrested for a driving infraction in Minnesota on Friday, but federal immigration authorities did not detain him or take any other action, officials said Saturday.
Vargas, a former Washington Post reporter who revealed his status in The New York Times Magazine and touched off a debate in the journalistic community, was initially pulled over by a state trooper for driving while wearing head phones.
When the trooper ran the license, it showed the status [of the license] was canceled. It also indicated there may have been fraudulent activity associated with the license. That’s why [it might have been] canceled. That triggered the trooper to look into that further and contact ICE
An ICE official with knowledge of the situation wrote in an email that “Mr. Vargas was not arrested by ICE and no detainer was issued.”
Vargas was arrested by the state patrol and put in jail for not having a valid driver’s license, Roeske said. He was released several hours later and is slated to appear in district court on Oct. 18. (KFYI)
Driving with out valid license (doubt he has insurance) and illegal and Obama official just don’t care.
Victor David Hansen:
The American Left used to champion free expression. We were lectured — correctly — that the price of being repulsed by occasional crude talk and art was worth paying.
Only that way could Americans ensure our daily right to criticize those with greater power and influence whom we found wrong and objectionable.
When 1950s comedian Lenny Bruce titillated his audiences with the F-word and crude sex talk, liberals came to his defense. They reminded us that vulgar speech is not a crime: The First Amendment was not just designed to protect uplifting expression, but also rarer blasphemous and indecent speech.
For liberals, the burning of a flag on campus and the full frontal nudity of Penthouse magazine were also First Amendment issues.
When artist Andres Serrano photographed a crucifix in a jar with his own urine (“Piss Christ”), the avant-garde Left not only protected Serrano’s constitutional right to offend millions, but also saw no problem in the U.S. government subsidizing the talentless Serrano’s sophomoric obnoxiousness.
But the worldview of the Left is self-contradictory. One of its pet doctrines is multiculturalism — or the idea that non-Western cultures cannot be judged critically by our own inherently biased Western standards.
Female circumcision or honor killings in the Muslim world don’t merit the same attention that a woman’s right to free abortion pills from her Catholic employer does in the West.
When it comes to the Middle East, we neither criticize strongly enough the region’s sexism, homophobia or racism, nor do we defend without qualification our own notions of free expression as inherently superior to the habitual censorship abroad.
Fear plays a role, too. Championing the right of Andres Serrano to show his degrading pictures of Christ wins liberal laurels. Protecting novelist Salman Rushdie’s caricatures of Islam might earn death.
The Obama administration went to great lengths to blast — and even arrest — an Egyptian-American Coptic Christian for posting on the Internet a juvenile movie trailer ridiculing Islam and offending Muslims.
After riots across the Middle East and the murder of the U.S. ambassador in Libya, American officials did not wish to concede that radical Islam hates the United States — even when Barack Obama is president.
And they did not want to admit their own lax security standards, not a film trailer, led to the horrific murders in Libya, or that in an election year their Mideast reset policy is in shambles.
No obnoxious American in the last half-century — not Larry Flynt, Daniel Ellsberg, or even Julian Assange — has warranted so much condemnation for his antics from the president of the U.S., the secretary of state and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as have one crackpot preacher in Florida and an inept Coptic film producer.
Outraged Arab-Americans in Dearborn, Mich., demonstrated in favor of anti-blasphemy laws last week. They demanded an end to any expression that they find religiously offensive — and thereby prove to be embarrassingly clueless as to why many in their communities left their own homelands to come to America in the first place.
The new Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, recently lectured the U.S. on its decadence and wants a global ban on the caricaturing of Islam. He, too, forgot why he once fled to the United States to be educated, employed and to freely say things that would have gotten him killed in his native Egypt.
Another Egyptian immigrant, frequent CNN and MSNBC guest pundit Mona Eltahawy, recently spray-painted over a public anti-jihadist poster that she disliked.
In her world, defacing public property is OK if by her own standards she judges it offensive. Eltahawy, like the Dearborn protestors, is oblivious to the fact that her self-appointed censorship would soon turn her adopted country into just the sort of intolerant society from which she, too, fled.
It is past time for U.S. officials to insist that our traditions and laws apply equally across the board, regardless of where we come from, or what we look like, or the anger and danger we incur from abroad.
Schools could do better by cutting back on their multicultural classes and reintroducing study of the U.S. Constitution. All immigrants need to pass a basic test on the Bill of Rights as part of winning citizenship.
“Speaking truth to power” is not Sandra Fluke grandstanding to ovations at the Democratic convention on behalf of government-supplied free contraception.
It is instead our elected officials reminding rampaging Middle Eastern terrorists and bigots they will not alter our Constitution — and better not try. (IBD)
Big Brother is watching you you racist, bigot, and domestic terrorist! 🙂