Presidential candidate, Texas Governor Rick Perry, on Saturday, may well have signed the death warrant of his campaign.
At a campaign rally in New Hampshire on Saturday, Gov. Perry answered a question about the ongoing violence on the Mexican border related to the drug trade in Mexico.
Gov. perry has come under some fire for being weak on illegal immigration in recent GOP debates. This may account for the answer he gave to the question of how a “President” Rick perry would handle the violence of the drug war in Mexico.
“It may require our military in Mexico”, was Mr. Perry’s answer. Fellow GOP candidate Ron Paul must be eagerly anticipating the next debate. Mr. Paul, who has made his name speaking out against U.S. intervention in foreign countries.
The idea that we would send our military into another nation as a para-police force should be troubling to almost every person of any political ideology.
Many have supported the use of National Guard troops on the border. Many more have supported the idea of bringing home regular Army troops to be used on the border. But on this side of the border, to stem the ever-growing tide of illegal immigrants, as well as the incoming illegal drug trade and the violence associated with it. The presence of the troops would almost certainly reduce the amount of drug and gang violence that spills over the border into the U.S. .
However to suggest that we send U.S. troops into Mexico raises some troubling questions. Not least of all, if our troops were sent to Mexico, who would they answer to? Would they be there under the command of U.S. General Staff, or operating under the orders of Mexico.
I would also be concerned the further lowering of the border in this fashion. It could be seen as a union in the image of the E. U. .
It doesn’t take much imagination to wonder who would fund such an expedition. At a time when we are attempting to reduce our debt and deficit. At a time when we are attempting to reduce our involvement in foreign affairs. Is this the time for a presidential candidate to be suggesting that we might consider invading Mexico. Because that is exactly what this would amount to. The Mexican government is not in charge of that area. The drug lords are. The U.S. would need to invade and occupy that part of Mexico. For how long? Who could tell. At what cost? Again, no telling.
Mr. Perry has just alienated pretty much every group he would need to win not just the primary, but also the general election. If they haven’t stuck the fork in him yet, they definitely have it in their hand.
Those who see themselves as libertarians will never support such an idea. Independent voters who are concerned over the economy and the debt will never support such an idea. Of course liberals of all parties will never support this idea. Conservative Democrats will not cross party lines with this in play. Only the most radical party hacks will support a GOP candidate who has said such a thing.
Gov. Perry has a very short time to walk back from this. If not, then my prediction is, that he will be the main course to be served up at the next debate. After that we can count him out.