Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Token gesture? Obama authorizes 1,200 troops to the border

Could it be that Obama might be seeing the light of day on Arizona’s problems? He has authorized 1,200 National Guard troops to the Arizona border. 
New York Times: LOS ANGELES — President Obama will send up to 1,200 National Guard troops to the Southwest border and seek increased spending on law enforcement there to combat drug smuggling after demands from Republican and Democratic lawmakers that border security be tightened…
The troops will be stationed in the four border states for a year, White House officials said. It is not certain when they will arrive, the officials said.
The troops will join a few hundred members of the Guard already assigned there to help the police hunt for drug smugglers. The additional troops will provide support to law enforcement officers by helping observe and monitor traffic between official border crossings. They will also help analyze trafficking patterns in the hope of intercepting illegal drug shipments…
The soldiers will not directly make arrests of border crossers and smugglers, something they are not trained to do. 
In typical Obama fashion, this is more about appearances than actually fixing the problem. 1,200 National Guard troops on the Arizona border alone might make an impact, but 1,200 troops over four states is not even a spit in the bucket.

At any rate, this token gesture is an acknowledgement that Arizona and Governor Brewer were right along. Now that polls show that Hispanic voters in the west have swung toward Democrats, Obama and the Democrats have less reason to hold their unpopular positions. I am sure they all will be trying to sell themselves as tough on border security after this maneuver.

Obama’s token gesture with the 1,200 troops has prompted Mexico to add their two cents (like we give a damn). 
Regarding the Administration’s decision to send 1,200 National Guard servicemen to the US Southern border, the Government of Mexico trusts that this decision will help to channel additional US resources to enhance efforts to prevent the illegal flows of weapons and bulk cash into Mexico, which provide organized crime with its firepower and its ability to corrupt.
Additionally, the Government of Mexico expects that National Guard personnel will strengthen US operations in the fight against transnational organized crime that operates on both sides of our common border and that it will not, in accordance to its legal obligations, conduct activities directly linked to the enforcement of immigration laws. 
How’s that for chutzpah? Mexico cannot police the outflow from its own border, but is going to dictate how we police ours. I cannot wait until we an a Pro-American president back in the White House who will actually tell Mexico what time it is.


lady di said...

What exactly will this small band of troops accomplish and will they be allowed to ask to see proof of citizenship and send those without proof back over the border?

Madison said...

Okay so our national defense (1200 troops) aren't trained to make arrests, but they are trained to shoot. Maybe instead of arresting the illegal immigrants crossing the border they could do their job and protect our national security by shooting at them. That ought to deter at least some of the criminaliens. I know if I was guaranteed to be shot at by a trained professional it might give me pause.

Solid Rock or Sinking Sand said...

I really enjoyed reading the posts on your blog. I invite you to come over to my blog and if you like what you read then follow me to. God bless, Lloyd

Jenny said...

Could it be that Obama might be seeing the light of day on Arizona’s problems? Obama has no intention of seeing the light - those troops will be pushing paper or sweeping out the latrines. This administration has no interest in enforcing the law.

Z said...

You're right...the states had asked for far more guardsmen in order to be really effective......well, another gesture is right. AND, he also does not embrace the idea of a fence! So, our soldiers are probably much more apt to get hurt?
I guess he had getting out of town to Chicago for Memorial Day on his mind instead of really thinking this through from the American point of view........couldn't drop by to pay Arlington his respects now, could he.

I'm glad I found your blog...good one! All the best.

Christopher - Conservative Perspective said...

7,000 mile border, 1,200 troops?

Do the math, just under 6 per mile = a token.


Osumashi Kinyobe said...

Obama is flexing his useless gesture and statist muscles here. If he was truly serious, he would not have fawned over the Mexican president. He would have held a unified front with Governor Brewer and supported reasonable action concerning residents and visitors to the US.
Just my thoughts.

Lucas said...

Smoke screen, obviously. Why would Odumbo want to prevent the arrival of more democrats?

Sparky said...

Token. The troops will be unarmed and totally ineffective. Plus, most of the "troops" will be desk jobs.

IDEA: Hire the unemployed and put them to work building a really BIG FENCE with gun turrents. This helps solve two problems in one.

Anonymous said...

Christopher said...
7,000 mile border, 1,200 troops?

Do the math, just under 6 per mile = a token.


May 26, 2010 12:16 PM

Double check your math.

Clifton B said...

lady di:

From what I have read, they will basically be observers and paper pushers. This is typical Obama smoke and mirrors designed to give Dems talking points in the midterms but not designed to produce results.

Clifton B said...


Given the criminal element that has recently been spilling into the border states (Arizona in particular) shoot to kill, might not be a bad idea. The 1,200 is basically there for show, nothing more.

Clifton B said...


Thanks Lloyd, I checked out your blog and I like. It is always good to see someone openly stand up for their faith.

Clifton B said...



Clifton B said...


Thanks Z, and welcome to ABC. I hooked you up with blog of the day.

I saw that vacation nonsense. Can you imagine GWB taking two vacations in the middle of Katrina? Yet our puppy dog press, gives a big YAWN for Obama's two vacations while oil blackens our shores.

Clifton B said...


It is worse than that, it is like 1 troop for every 6 miles.

Clifton B said...


You are correct. It also points out the whole arbitrariness of statist control.

Clifton B said...


Exactly, the left are not going to stop the flow of illegals before they can give them the right to vote.

Clifton B said...


Your idea would be an actual stimulus plan and on that kills two birds with one stone.

Clifton B said...


Agreed, for all the money wasted on theatrics, we could actually build a wall.

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