The U.S. Was firm with Mexico in 1914—but in 2014, not so much
Obama isn’t firm with anyone but Republicans.
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Today, as Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, USMC, languishes in a Mexican prison for a fourth month—he was arrested on minor charges on March 31—many Americans are frustrated by the Obama administration’s obvious lack of concern.
Yet it doesn’t have to be like this; America doesn’t need to be so craven in the wake of insults to our national honor. Indeed, as we shall see, an earlier US president—a Democratic president, in fact—was considerably more attentive to a US-Mexico issue. And considerably tougher.
Yes, the Obama policy in the case of Sgt. Tahmooressi is to do, well, nothing. A petition to the U.S. government, signed by more than 100,000 Americans, has drawn zero response from the White House.
Indeed, the only identifiable Obama policy toward Mexico is a slow-motion surrender to the human wave coming over the border. An estimated 292,000 illegals have crossed into the US just in the last few months. It’s not unfair to call this an invasion.
Is this really the best we can do? Must we be so supine? Americans looking for a more muscular alternative might look back to their own history; we might consider, for example, the year 1914, when an American president showed true resolve in the face of provocations from Mexico.