Memorial Day is over, but we are reminded of the sacrifices of our military heroes by a high profile story in the news right now. We have an explosive international incident developing over the false imprisonment of a U.S. Marine hero in Mexico.
Remarkably, our president and Secretary of State have not even chosen to bring this issue up with Enrique Pena Nieto, the President of Mexico.
I believe the United States has great leverage in this situation- if we had a real leader running this country. Unfortunately we have the weak, feckless, neutered, bowing Barack Obama.
Our president doesn’t understand American exceptionalism. Our fearful leader doesn’t believe in the greatness of our military. He certainly doesn’t understand what Donald Trump would call “the art of the deal.”
It’s time to explain the situation to our southern neighbor. It’s time to make an offer he can’t refuse. This is the letter a real leader of the United States would send to the President of Mexico to rescue a true American hero and patriot, who is languishing in a filthy, dangerous Mexican jail under false pretenses.
Dear President Enrique Pena Nieto,
Greetings from the United States of America – you know, the great nation just above your crime-ridden country, that has taken in millions of your citizens and spent hundreds of billions of dollars in welfare, food stamps, housing allowances, health care, education, police and prison costs, free meals at school, and income tax credits… spent on your citizens here in our country illegally.
I think you owe it to us to listen to what we have to say.
I write you today because you’re holding one of our citizens hostage in one of the hellholes that you call a federal prison. The citizen you are holding is MY MARINE.
His name is Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi. He is an American hero. During the four years he served in the U.S. Marines, he did two tours in Afghanistan. While on the battlefield, he saved the lives of eight Marines from the Taliban, and in a separate incident he saved a Marine from bleeding to death after that soldier lost both legs from an IED explosion.
This American hero is now languishing in your prison in Tijuana, Mexico.
What crime did he commit? Murder? Robbery? Kidnapping? Drug smuggling? No those are the things that happen to law-abiding citizens in your country every day.
But Sgt. Tahmooressi didn’t do any of those bad things. He accidentally drove across the border, in his own vehicle, with three legally owned guns. Yes, that’s his “crime.” Bad driving. This American hero entered your country because of poor signage leading to your border outside San Diego (possibly combined with confusion from his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
As a result of that honest mistake, MY MARINE has been under constant death threats from Mexican drug gangs in your prison. Because you can’t control your own violent prisoners, MY MARINE has been isolated in a filthy prison cell, chained to his bed for weeks. This is called torture and it is a violation of his civil (and human) rights.
I want to make sure you understand the gravity of this situation.
Your Mexican citizens enter our country illegally and we let them live and work here. Our citizens are kind-hearted enough to oppose deportation of millions of your citizens for fear of breaking up their families. We hire your citizens and provide them with a better life than they ever had in Mexico. They send money home to Mexico that keeps your economy afloat. That money comes from our citizens and taxpayers. Even Mexican felons are treated better in our prisons and legal system than they are in your country. That’s why your citizens are willing to die to escape to our country.
Let’s also discuss your military. This U.S. Marine hero made a mistake wandering into your country. But your military has purposely wandered onto U.S. soil many times, which is a violation of U.S. laws. But we have chosen not to arrest your soldiers. We’ve given our neighbors the benefit of the doubt. Is this how you treat us in return?
Let’s review the direct military aid we’ve gifted to your country. Between 2008 and 2011, the Department of Defense gave $428.7 million worth of equipment to Mexican security forces, including planes, Blackhawk helicopters, and scanners. Last year alone we trained over 3,000 Mexican troops. All this money came from U.S. taxpayers – like Sgt. Tahmooressi’s parents.
MY MARINE was armed with three firearms because he has the Constitutional right to own and possess those firearms in the United States of America. I understand that your country does not have those same rights. That’s too bad for you and your citizens. I’ve noticed that even though you have disarmed your citizens, gun violence is out of control in Mexico. It’s strange how in your “gun free” country, there are incredible numbers of gun murders. It appears that taking guns away from law-abiding citizens has not worked out very well for your disarmed citizens.
I understand that you have “issues” keeping your citizens from crossing over into our country and keeping drug lords from smuggling drugs into our country. Until now, we have never properly addressed these issues with you. I think that time has come.
But we will deal with those issues at a later date. Right now we have only one issue on the plate. Rest assured, the future of American-Mexican relations depend on the resolution of this issue.
I hope you will consider this a formal (but friendly) request, as one neighbor to another. As the Commander-In-Chief of Sgt Tahmooressi, I’m giving you until 5 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) tomorrow to return MY MARINE (along with his truck and weapons) to the U.S. border crossing in San Diego.
I will have the appropriate U.S. officials and military officers waiting there at precisely 5 p.m. to inspect the condition of MY MARINE and to report his physical and mental condition to me immediately. I expect him to be in perfect health.
If you choose to disregard my simple and reasonable “friendly” request, please be aware that I have already ordered the United States Marine Corps Commandant at Camp Pendleton to have his 100,000 Marines “Stand To” and ready to proceed into Mexico to retrieve MY MARINE.
One way or another MY MARINE is coming home. Whether you send him home, or we have to come get him. We leave no man behind.
If we are forced to retrieve Sgt.Tahmooressi at great effort and expense to the United States, we will also send you a bill for the $500 million or so we’ve spent on training and equipment for your military since 2008.
I’ll deal with the hundreds of billions of dollars we’ve spent on housing your citizens illegally in the United States at a future date – after this incident has been resolved to my satisfaction.
This is not a threat. THIS IS A PROMISE. I pray, for your sake and for your citizens’ safety, that you choose to do the right thing, neighbor. But know one thing – one way or another MY MARINE is coming home by tomorrow evening at 5 p.m.
The President of the United States of America
P.S. Semper Fi.
That is the message a real American President would give to Mexico. Instead of bringing our Marine home from Mexico, President Obama chose a photo op in Afghanistan on Memorial Day. That’s all you need to know about Barack Hussein Obama.
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