Shouldn't you be deleting or at the very least altering this commentary by
now? It has been quite a while since it was announced that friendly fire, not
drug smugglers in an ambush, was what resulted in the agent's death.I would hope you point this out in the very near future and stop running
opinions once you learn that are contrary to published facts about an incident
you are commenting on.Thanks.
"The death of a border patrol agent in what appears to be an ambush by drug
smugglers..."The tragedy is that people with radical political
views, including the Editorial Board of the DN, as well as Mitt Romney, are
overzealous and premature in jumping to unsupported conclusions, and in
politicizing the deaths of this Agent, and the Ambassador in Lybia.Mature, thoughtful, rational people WAIT until the facts are in before trying
to draw any conclusions!Now we have reason to believe this was a
case of friendly fire ... will DN Editorial Board issue an apology?
The Washington Post is reporting that Agent Ivie's death and the wounding
of another was caused by "friendly fire". Balistic analysis of the
bullets likely lead to this conclusion.We're all on a
hair-trigger to blame poor border security or Mexican illegals. In this case,
we were all wrong.This is a tragedy for the families and a greater
tragedy if it were in fact an accidental shooting such as "friendly
Hold on a second. Drug smugglers do not equate to the dude crossing the boarder
for work. Linking the two, which is what was tried here, is a most dishonest
argument to make. It is as if we should view at all people who get speeding
tickets as hardened criminals because an officer was killed during a high speed
pursuit with a drug dealer. I have no doubt the loss of this mans
life is horrific. It was in no doubt a tragedy of huge proportions to those
that were friends and loved by this man. This is not in doubt.But
this is like the death of a Utah State Trooper being killed while pursuing a
drug trafficker, and loosing his life in the process. It in no way relates to
all the other people that he stopped for other reasons. The trafficker is not
and indicator on society or those other people who travel that road.the two problems, illegals and drug trafficking, are two separate issues, that
have separate problems, and solutions. Lets not confuse the issue here.
As someone who actually is familiar with the border, the most nonsensical part
of this opinion is how illegal immigration doesn't relate to Agent
Ivie's murder. I have no idea where to even start when refuting this
unadulterated bury-our-head-in-the-sand argument.
The news this evening (KSL = NBC) stated that there is an investigation going on
because this may have been a case of friendly fire between Border Patrol
agents.That would be especially tragic.
I believe you are correct in stating that this killing cannot/should not be
confused with illegal imm. However you then go right ahead and attempt to
connect it to drug smuggling? As with the Ole saying about your cake, you
can't have it and eat it too. In all of the many news articles, press
releases & TV coverage I have found no mention of any drugs being
intercepted in connection with the event, so what makes it so set in your mind
that it was?
There were questions about border security before these tragic murders. Eric
Holder would rather sue Arizona that work on border security. Holder has an
agenda that is not reality based.
Yes, there are border security problems. Big problems.But please
don't fall for Rob Bishop's lies about how environmental and
wilderness regulations along the border "hamper" our Border Patrol.
Bishop claims Border Patrol officers are "locked out" of wilderness
areas.False!I talked with about a dozen Park Rangers and
Border Patrol officers at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and one Arizona
Department of Public Safety officer who all told me that they actually capture a
much higher percentage of illegals within wilderness areas that they do on
private land.Why? When electronics detect movement, they can be
sure it's probably illegal in a wilderness area and not some farmer
spreading manure or rounding up cattle.Bishop is using this lie to
push forward his anti-environmental nonsense.Don't fall for
it.And, if you care about honesty in government, vote for Donna
McAleer next month.