In capitulating to the drug cartels and appeasing the Mexican government the Obama Administration has ordered 900 National Guard troops to abandon their patrols against smugglers along the border as reported by Brian Bennett for the Los Angeles Times. In explaining the troop withdrawal to Congress last week Brian J. Lepore, a director at the U.S. Government and Accountability Office, said their presence on the southwest border "threatened to strain diplomatic relations with Mexico."
The Mexican drug cartels move $50 billion in bulk product and bundled cash across the border each year, and have established supply lines, distribution networks and operational cells in hundreds of communties throughout the United States.
Although the Obama Administration insists that there is no spillover violence from rival drug cartels for control over smuggling routes the dead bodies on the north side of the border stubbornly belie the President's absurd claim.
Former DEA supervisor Phil Jordan insists that the drug traffickers' most gruesome tactics including beheadings are occurring on American soil, and says three beheadings in the last year -- two in Arizona and one in Oklahoma -- "have cartel written all over them" as reported by KRGV: "'One is too many; two is too many. Three should send an alarm,' says Jordan."
In October 2010 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security acknowledged that the narco insurgents from Mexico in fact were sending hitmen or "sicarios" into Arizona to locate and kill those who are stealing their product as reported by Jerry Seper for The Washington Times: "In a memo first sent in May but widely circulated since, the department said a group of '15, very well-equipped and armed' assassins complete with body armor had been sent into the state to identify, locate and kill the drug thieves, who are thought to be independent operators."
That Homeland Security warning fell on deaf ears in the Obama Administration.
The House Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing last May on security along the Mexico-U.S. border, and law enforcement officials from the border states testified the Obama Administration is deceiving the public by insisting there is no spillover violence from the drug cartels as reported by Gary Martin for the Houston Chronicle. For example, Steve McCraw, Texas Department of Public Safety director, "said 22 murders, 24 assaults, 15 shootings and five kidnappings in Texas were linked to Mexican cartels since 2010": "There has been a proliferation of organized crime in Texas."
And it's only going from bad to worse said Zapata County, TX Sheriff, Sigi Gonzalez as reported by KGNS: "Things are getting more violent. The smugglers are getting more brazen. They're being given orders to confront us, so it's not more secure."
Indeed, in December 2010 the Sinaloa cartel murdered U.S. border patrol agent Brian Terry in southern Arizona when he stumbled upon a trafficking operation, and to add insult to injury the guns were supplied to the narcos pursuant to the Obama Administration's gun walking operation known as Fast and Furious as reported by Richard A. Serrano for the Los Angeles Times.
But don't let a dead federal agent get in the way of Obama's open borders folly as he trolls for Latino votes in an election year.
Of course, if President Obama believes that Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California no longer are part of the United States -- effectively ceding the territory back to Mexico -- then he would be right that there is no spillover violence on the border.
Given the treasonous abdication of duty by President Barack Obama to secure the nation, states increasingly are stepping into the breach to stop the narco terrorists at the border. For example, Texas has now deployed its own naval fleet to patrol the Rio Grande River as reported by Jason Whitely for WFAA: "the state is spending almost $3.5 million in tax money for six 34-foot gunboats, each which can operate in as little as two feet of water. The vessels are outfitted with automatic weapons and bulletproof shielding." Earlier this month the Texas Department of Public Safety commissioned the third of six such patrol boats in its new Tactical Marine Unit as reported by State Sen. Jeff Wentworth for My San Antonio.
The drug smuggling and spillover violence has sent farm and ranch land values plummeting along some stretches of the Texas-Mexico border as reported by Logan Hawkes for Southwest Farm Press: "few buyers are willing to gamble on property plagued by serious border issues including drug cartel violence and an increasing influx of illegal immigrants streaming into the Valley to escape what some term the most violent region on earth."
The White House decision to retreat from the southwest border is especially troubling given the increasing ties between Muslim terror groups and the Mexican drug cartels.
Earlier this year Michael A. Braun, the former intelligence chief for the DEA, testified at a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee that "collaboration between Latin American drug cartels and groups such as Iran's Quds Force and the Islamic terror group Hezbollah is growing 'far faster than most policymakers in Washington, D.C., choose to admit'" as reported by Guy Taylor for The Washington Times: "If we don't do something about it and really get serious about it, I think there's gonna be hell to pay at some date in the probably not too distant future,” said Braun.
According to a former U.S. intelligence agent terror group Hezbollah has established itself in Mexico, and is providing explosives training to the drug cartels as reported by 10News:
He told 10News the group receives cartel cash and protection in exchange for Hezbollah expertise. "From money laundering to firearms training and explosives training," the agent said. * * * Tunnels the cartels have built that cross from Mexico into the U.S. have grown increasingly sophisticated. It is a learned skill, the agent said points to Hezbollah's involvement.
Last fall Iran -- a long-time sponsor of Hezbollah -- allegedly hoped to involve Los Zetas in a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the United States but thankfully the solicited man was a DEA informant which resulted in the terror bust. At a recent House Foreign Affairs Committee multiple U.S. intelligence officials testified "that Iran is prepared to launch terrorist attacks inside the United States" as reported by Greg Miller for The Washington Post.
The chaos on the border certainly does not seem to trouble Obama who would rather enjoy the perks of the Presidency -- golf rounds, indulgent vacations, lavish parties -- than address the the nation's security. Indeed, with all his giggles, smiles and smirks it's as if President Obama is gleefully celebrating the country's collapse.