DATELINE LAREDO, TX: [via Pro8News, Laredo] “A convoy of three military trucks loaded with Mexican soldiers crossed into the United States from Mexico at Laredo’s Bridge #2.” It gets worse . . .
Customs & Border Patrol just let them barrel right in. Yep. CBP was on the phone with Mexican officials, trying to ascertain just what was going on, as they’d been alerted that the trucks were headed their way. Not knowing what to do (!?!?!?), they allowed the Mexican soldier-laden trucks passage into Texas.
Pro8 News states that CPB did not cough up this little gem of a news story. Nope. The newsies got it from the ever popular “other law enforcement agency.” (I don’t know WHICH agency, but if I had to guess, it might be one looking to deflect attention away from their own problems, no?)
Mexican officials claimed that this was a simple case of soldiers deployed to Nuevo Laredo who didn’t know the area, got lost, and made their way across the border without realizing it.
Um. Wha…? Hey, Señor…I got a great idea…since the Gringos are so clueless about borders n’ all, we could just drive right in and claim we got lost, right? By the time they figure it out, we’ll have annexed Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California!
And you wonder why Texas is busy passing it’s OWN border security legislation.
I realize that the ATF’s mission is not border security. But given the fun and games they’ve been up to lately, I think it’s entirely fair to examine how this little soirée plays from an ATF point of view. So let’s see if we can connect the dots, shall we?
Take a thoroughly-corrupt Mexican government. Add in a Mexican military, also corrupt. Add a dash of weapons allowed to go across the border by the ATF. Factor in that American LEO’s have no standing within the borders of Mexico, and if they go in armed, would be treated like any other criminal with a gun. Realize that the Americans play by the rules and will not cross the border. Then send three truckloads of armed, Mexican soldiers (!) over the border, just to see what happens.
Now it could be that this is all innocent. A mistake. Yeah. When los monos fly out of my nalgas. Right. Accident. I’m thinking of a couple more likely scenarios:
- They were pwning the CBP, ATF, FBI, ICE, and all the other alphabet soup of LEOs, showing us how ineffective and clueless our border security really is. (As if we didn’t already know.) Yo, Gringos! ¡Usted es mi perra!
- It was an attempt to see what would happen, testing our responses, intel to be used as needed.
- It was an attempt to put the FUD factor (fear, uncertainty, doubt) into the locals, showing them that US law enforcement is, at best, a paper tiger, and they better show some respect to El Hombre, or else.
- It was payback from the Federales, for leaving them in the dark over Fast ‘n Furious.
- They’re still pissed about the Frito Bandito commercials back in the 60s. And they’ve got a bad case of the ‘munchies.’
Keep in mind, even if this WAS simply a case of Federales Gone Wild, that doesn’t make things better. It’s one thing to suspect that American border security is non-existant. It’s quite another to see it for yourself. Pay no attention to that man behind the (immigration/customs curtain) I am the Great and Powerful Oz! Um…not so much.
The more interesting question? What’s Obama, Napolitano & Co. gonna do about it? They seem to be real cozy with Calderon and the rest of the thugs-in-charge down Mehico way. Are they going to very publicly call for An Investigation To Make Sure The Offenders Are Disciplined? Are they gonna bitch-slap Calderon and tell him to shape up or forget any cooperation from us? Are they going to use this event as an opportunity for “crisis management” to divert attention away from the ATF scandal?
Um…if it’s door Numero Tres, they picked a lousy crisis to do so. Hint: usually, when you want to deflect attention, you do it by drawing the eyes of the beholders to something far, far away from the something you’re trying to cover up.
Understandably, the folks down in Laredo are none to happy about this turn of events. They know, firsthand, just what a joke border security is. But I’m guessing that none of them ever thought that they’d have to worry about the Mexican Army trodding on US soil.
So, people of Larado: ¿Cómo está ese ” esperanza y change” cosa que se resuelve para usted? Ever hear the old saw, Good fences make good neighbors? Border security is not about racism. It’s not even really about immigration. It’s about security. It’s that simple. And if we’re going to allow three truckloads of armed, Mexican soliders to just waltz right in, we have none. Or nada, as the case may be.