Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Misplaced Priorities

Bush and company are bringing the war to the terrorists in Iraq. The benefits of such a move are slim, and approaching none, because Bush is ignoring a greater threat. Iran, Syria, and North Korea are all "threats", but there is a bigger problem, one that hits much closer to home.

Our borders are porous. It makes absolutely no sense to go after the terrorists in the Middle East if we're allowing them to waltz right into the United States.

According to Yahoo news, (
20050223/ts_usatoday/despitenewtechnologyborderpatroloverwhelmed) of the three million illegals who attempt to cross the US-Mexican border, we detain about one third.

That average may get one into the Hall of Fame, but this isn't baseball. This is national defense and the stakes are just a tad bit higher.

While the majority of the two million or so illegals are Mexican workers looking for a place to work, it is naive to think that all of the aliens are harmless. It would defy the laws of probability to assume that there aren't any terrorists among us thanks to inept border policy.

All the airport security in the world doesn't help if the terrorists don't take a plane.

If Bush is serious about terrorism, he'll secure the borders. His complacency tells me that he is more concerned with spreading democracy than keeping his fellow Americans safe.

As we live in a free society, we will never be completely safe. We will be attacked again. I am not asking Bush to do the impossible. I am asking him to hold up his Constitutional duty to "provide for the common defense".

It's really not too much to ask.


Loyal Achates said...

What, you think the agricultural industries that rely mostly on migrant workers would ever let Bush cut off their supply of cheap, non-unionized labor? Think again.

Apollo Kioku said...

Someone in the government should hire Tom Clancy as a doomsayer. He seems to have his eyes in the right place...

A Wiser Man Than I said...

I don't think Bush would cut off the supply of cheap labor, I think he should. A good leader does what is right, even if it is not popular.