Whatever Happened To ‘Leave No One Behind’? [OPINION]
Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi made a wrong turn and wound up in Mexico. Mexican authorities say the fact that he entered their country with a rifle, a shotgun, a pistol and hundreds of rounds of ammunition constitutes a federal crime. For that he has been held in a Mexican jail for six months and what has the US Government done to extricate him? Nothing.
The Administration negotiated a swap of five terrorists for one US Army deserter but it's done nothing to bring back a Marine who served honorably for two tours in Afghanistan.
Thank goodness Sgt. Tahmooressi didn't accidentally drive across the border into some hostile mid-East nation! How many illegal aliens have crossed the border from Mexico in the last six months? How many of those illegals were armed? How many of those illegals smuggled drugs into the USA? How many of those illegals are reaping illegal benefits from the kindness of America?
At least three options seem possible to me.
- Call up the guys in SEAL Team 6 or some other covert team to go in and extricate Tahmooressi.
- Threaten to round up EVERY illegal alien and send every one of them back to Mexico to put an incredible drain on their economy.
- My third option is a missed opportunity. Recently Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto visited the United States and we let him go! We should have kept their President hostage until they turned over Sgt. Tahmooressi. Seems simple to me.
I'll admit all three options are probably unlikely but Tahmooressi's fate should make all of us think before we spend vacation dollars south of the border. If accidentally turning into Mexico gets you at least six months in a hell hole jail...without a trial...what would happen to an American tourist for a DWI, a speeding charge or something involving an abundance of Tequila?
If one of the loyal, American fighting men who defend our nation against Mid-Eastern nut cases can get screwed over like Sgt. Tahmooressi I hate to think what might happen to an average, tax paying American citizen.
I think it is a national disgrace that nothing more has been done to extricate this brave American. Our fighting men and women are taught never to leave a fallen comrade behind but it truly is a travesty when our government leaves one behind