by: COLONEL KENNETH ALLARD (US ARMY, RET.)
Forgive the temerity of a former Beltway insider who arrived in Texas just as soon as he possibly could. Have the people back in Washington lost their minds? This is not an unfair question, since Texas Gov. Rick Perry just days ago mobilized the National Guard to defend the nation's southern border. Article 4, Section 4 of the Constitution contains some tough language about foreign invasions, specifying that this is a responsibility of the feds, not weekend warriors.
Severe intellectual confusion suddenly seems to have eclipsed even the Washington Redskins as a reliable cause of Beltway embarrassment. Consider the following: "Our border is secure," says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. "It's a hell of a pinprick operation," says Secretary of State John Kerry about the Israeli offensive in Gaza. "What exactly are they trying to hide?" asks President Obama on the shootdown of a Malaysian airliner, apparently by Russian separatists in Ukraine.
POLL: Will the Islamic Jihadists attack in the United States?
Seriously, which planet are these gentlemen living on? Or better yet, was it Harvard, Columbia or the Jane Fonda School of Strategy that taught them to react to global and domestic challenges with such consistently sophomoric absurdities? These liberal conceits are only part of a larger heresy - one that defies eons of recorded history, as well as more recent events, to advance the dewy-eyed notion that "borders don't matter." Even worse: the notion that military power is an elusive, amoral concept best consigned to the history book of the 19th century. Let's tackle those heresies in reverse order:
Mr. Obama must know that Russian separatists are trying to hide their likely complicity in the mass murder of nearly 300 innocent air travelers blown out of the sky. The culprits were just sober enough to launch one or more SA-11 missiles, gifts from Vladimir Putin in pursuit of Russian expansionism beyond a border he deplores. Unlike some Americans, Mr. Putin knows what a border means and is not particularly fussy about ends.
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