CONGRESS FIDDLES WHILE AMERICA BURNS
February 26, 2009
CONGRESS FIDDLES WHILE AMERICA BURNS
report appeared in today's edition of the Washington Times on how
our government may finally have no choice but to take action in response
to the ever escalating violence that is taking place on a daily, if
not hourly, basis in Mexico.
We are now carefully reviewing our policies in both wars, and I will soon announce a way forward in Iraq that leaves Iraq to its people and responsibly ends this war.
And with our friends and allies, we will forge a new and comprehensive strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan to defeat al Qaeda and combat extremism. Because I will not allow terrorists to plot against the American people from safe havens half a world away.
As we meet here tonight, our men and women in uniform stand watch abroad and more are readying to deploy. To each and every one of them, and to the families who bear the quiet burden of their absence, Americans are united in sending one message: we honor your service, we are inspired by your sacrifice, and you have our unyielding support. To relieve the strain on our forces, my budget increases the number of our soldiers and Marines. And to keep our sacred trust with those who serve, we will raise their pay, and give our veterans the expanded health care and benefits that they have earned.
To overcome extremism, we must also be vigilant in upholding the values our troops defend - because there is no force in the world more powerful than the example of America. That is why I have ordered the closing of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, and will seek swift and certain justice for captured terrorists - because living our values doesn't make us weaker, it makes us safer and it makes us stronger. And that is why I can stand here tonight and say without exception or equivocation that the United States of America does not torture.
In words and deeds, we are showing the world that a new era of engagement has begun. For we know that America cannot meet the threats of this century alone, but the world cannot meet them without America. We cannot shun the negotiating table, nor ignore the foes or forces that could do us harm. We are instead called to move forward with the sense of confidence and candor that serious times demand.
Once again we have
a president who focuses his concerns that terrorist on some distant
soil might well be plotting and preparing to attack our nation. Certainly
this is a real possibility and one that needs to be dealt with effectively.
There have been
numerous intelligence reports about various terrorist training camps
operating in the Tri-Border Region of Brazil. (I would point out that
Brazil is within this hemisphere for those members of Congress who may
be geographically challenged!) There have been numerous reports about
illegal aliens from "Special interest countries" (countries
that are associated with the state sponsorship of terrorism such as
Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, etc) being apprehended as they attempted
to enter the United States by running our nation's borders.
Did you notice
that number of at least 230 cities? I am willing to venture a wild guess
that not all of those 230 or more cities are all to be found along the
Clearly the only
solution is to take on the cartels and win! There is no such thing as
"second place" in the war on drugs or terror!
failure of We the People to get involved in make our concerns known
to our politicians have nearly made the concerns of the great majority
of the citizens of this nation all but irrelevant to the politicians.
© 2009 - Michael Cutler - All Rights Reserved
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Michael W. Cutler graduated from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York in 1971 with a B.A. in Communications Arts and Sciences. Mr. Cutler began working for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in October 1971 when he entered on duty as an Immigration Inspector assigned to John F. Kennedy International Airport. In August 1975 he became a Criminal Investigator (Special Agent) for the INS at NYC.
He rotated through virtually every squad in the Investigations Branch. From 1988 until 1991 he was assigned as the INS representative to the Unified Intelligence Division (UID) of the DEA in New York. In 1991 he was promoted to the position of Senior Special Agent and was assigned to the Organized Crime, Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) which required that he work with members of other law enforcement agencies including the FBI, DEA, ATF, U.S. Customs and local and state police as well as law enforcement organizations of other countries including Israel, Canada, Great Britain and Japan, to conduct investigations of aliens involved in major drug trafficking organizations. He retired from the INS in February 2002, after a career that spanned some 30 years.
Finally, Michael Cutler has appeared on numerous television and radio programs including Lou Dobbs, Fox News, MSNBC and many other television and radio news-oriented programs to discuss the enforcement of immigration laws.
We cannot shun the negotiating table, nor ignore the foes or forces that could do us harm. We are instead called to move forward with the sense of confidence and candor that serious times demand.