Saturday, January 06, 2007

Run Away! Run Away!
That's an ORDER!

The troops of the National Guard have acquitted themselves well as of late in Iraq and Afghanistan. But now we see this;

Guard soldiers back off from armed men out of Mexico

Matthew Benson
The Arizona Republic
Jan. 6, 2007 12:00 AM

A Border Patrol official says National Guard troops acted appropriately this week when they abandoned their post near the border southwest of Tucson as four gunmen approached from Mexico.

It is the nearest that Guard members have come to an armed conflict on the border since spring when President Bush pledged up to 6,000 soldiers to help slow illegal immigration along the nation's 1,950-mile southern border.

No shots were fired in the incident, and no one was injured. Border Patrol spokesman Mario Martinez stressed that "there was no attack."

"What are we paying our National Guard to do (along the border)? That is the question," said Don Goldwater, who led a failed campaign for governor last year on his promise to crack down on illegal immigration.

"We're putting the National Guard down in harm's way along the border with no intention to allow them to protect themselves."

And the real kick in the teeth? Those Guardsmen were following the orders of some gutless bureaucrat in DC. There's no doubt in my mind that those Guardsmen were ready, willing and able to wax these four armed invaders from south of the border.

You know, the last time we had armed bandits from Mexico cross into The United States, we sent troops under General John "Black Jack" Pershing to chase them down.

Now our troops are ordered to run away.


Blogger Dad29 said...


I don't know if the NG are actually carrying weapons down there. The assignment was to "watch" and do administrative stuff...

But the President is not concerned with National Security--so why the Hell should the NG's be?

8:58 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

According to the news story, A team of four or five Guard members, armed with M-16s, were watching for border crossers at an observation post when they spotted four men carrying what appeared to be rifles.

Then again, maybe it was a good thing they didn't open fire. Then they would have been found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison for killing international drug smugglers.

10:54 PM  
Blogger Cableguy said...

I can only hope that this was some kind of decoy maneuver. Maybe the guard will pretend to run away next time, only to open fire on the banditos with mk 19 automatic grenade launchers and M2 brownings (They’d have to say they were aiming for their tequila bottles with the .50 cal though.)

Hey, it can happen damn it!

2:32 AM  
Blogger Dad29 said...

I wouldn't be surprised.

That's GWB's New World Order.

What say we journey southwest? I'll bring my (damn accurate) .30-06 (an old WWII German Mauser with a 1950's re-barrelling) and a few hundred rounds.

2:39 PM  
Blogger Histor the Wise said...

Do remember that Pancho Villa never was caught by Pershing, who only succeeded in wasting tax monies.

Incidentially, one Army scout once told Pershing "We've surrounded Villa - on three sides."

4:25 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Do you remember that they at least did something?

5:51 AM  

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