The true test of our patriotism is whether we will serve our returning heroes as well as they've served us.
~ Barack Obama
Robin Abcarian is a seemingly partisan writer for the L.A. Times who is disturbed by the inevitable comparisons between Sgt. Tahmooressi and Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. She writes:
The situation of Marine reservist Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, 25, who has been jailed in Mexico since March 31 after being busted on the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border with three firearms in his car, is not remotely comparable to the situation of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held for five years by the Taliban.You mean, apples and oranges? The evidence points to Bergdahl being a deserter who likely sought out the Taliban thinking that they were just poor misunderstood freedomfighters who needed hugs. If the intelligence engine in the Mideast weren’t hamstrung, we might have extracted Bergdahl with a team instead of using him for more appeasement politics (I'll give you two knights and rook and a bishop for that pawn). Tahmooressi is a veteran who was trying to adjust to civilian life. He was actually trying to not enter the country and they wouldn’t let him not enter. When a country gives you no choice but to violate their laws it’s time to drop the narrative about the sacredness of a nation's laws. Given Abcarian’s obvious political bent, I wonder if he would acknowledge that intruders from the other side of the border are not here by accident, and have voluntarily broken our laws. The main difference there is that Tahmooressi tried to preemptively deport himself so that he wouldn’t violate their laws, and the intruders from the other side avoid deportation.
“You don't insult an ally, especially when you are asking it for a favor.”You mean like not talking about ‘whose butt to kick’ when you are talking about an ally’s role in taking care of an oil spill? (Abcarian is taking offense at the language in one letter to the White House condemning the actions of Mexico.) In the early Obama Doctrine, no nation was more an ally than any other, certainly not Britain and definitely not Israel. Alliance is a two-way street. As far as I know, Mexico is not our ally but a corrupt and irresponsible leech. Mexican politicians create a disastrous economy, blame us for not taking in all the people damaged by their incompetence, and all that Obama can offer in return is more appeasement by agreeing with them. Tahmooressi’s treatment is an insult to the U. S. of A., and we should cut the money we send to Mexico until we get him back.