Every time I hear Sen. John McCain talking about border security I picture him strolling along the
United States/Mexico border with Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu talking about building “the danged fence” and having Babeu tell McCain “you’re one of us, Senator.”
Then I laugh. What a dog and pony show the dynamic duo put on.
McCain and Babeu were milking the border for every political mile they could when it comes to the age old problem of moving contraband north from Mexico to the millions of consumers with an insatiable taste for the dope and cheap labor that’s come from down south for generations.
Smuggling was here long before McCain showed up in Arizona in 1981, married well and then immediately moved to Washington and Congress. It’ll be here long after McCain leaves.
Last week McCain and fellow U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake appeared before an invitation-only made-for-TV presentation in Mesa, put on by The Arizona Republic, Channel 12 KPNX and azcentral.com.
The new border duo put on a great show for the audience. They even had a widow from southern Arizona there who blames border violence for the murder of her husband. Considering a murderer hasn’t been identified, caught and prosecuted we all need to take a wait and see attitude on who killed her husband and if it really was border crime related.
The East Valley Tribune reported the two border buddies touted the “VADER,” or Vehicle Dismount and Exploitation Radar. According to manufacturer Northrop Grumman’s website, the device, which came into use during the Iraq War, detects people on the ground and relays their location to enforcement agents in real time. An increase in border fencing would cover “approximately 700 miles.”
There’s that “danged fence” again.
One report I read said the federal government has spent more than $100 billion on border security and now they want to spend another $50 billion. The feds want to double the number of U.S. Border Patrol agents from 20,000 to 40,000. No doubt the military industrial complex Washington caters to are jubilant about making billions in the name of border security.
If $100 billion didn’t fix the problem, maybe another $50 billion will. That’s Washington logic.
It’s got to be driving McCain and Flake nuts trying to figure out why the “greatest country in the history of the world” can’t control “those Mexicans.”
While Washington was looking the other way and making their benefactors richer, thanks to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, throwing away America’s human and fiscal resources, chasing a handful of international terrorists and generally operating “stuck on stupid,” the Mexicans that Washington thought were only good for cheap labor were building and refining an organized crime empire that runs with the precision of Wal-Mart and makes money like Wall Street. It’s a global conglomerate that could give two hoots about the “danged fence.” For all we know they’ll be making money off the billions that will be spent on the VADER and the fence thanks to their investments and ownership of legitimate businesses in the U.S.
It’s all about the power and the money and the U.S. is playing a losing game of catch up with the real power brokers when it comes to the border. Mexico based organized crime is kicking our butt.
Mexican organized groups have extended their tentacles throughout the U.S. while McCain, Flake, the “Gang of Eight,” an impotent Congress and a pathetic president piddle around Washington. The beltway circus and its cast of clowns need to understand “the enemy is inside of the wire,” meaning the bad guys who threaten our way of life are amongst us and growing like a well watered weed.
McCain’s latest border dog and pony show is nothing more than a politically emotional rallying point to try and justify years of throwing billions of our tax dollars at the borderline money pit while neglecting the real threat that’s already here.
Retired Mesa master police officer Bill Richardson lives in the East Valley and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.