I have another simple question.
I very much enjoyed learning mid-east history from last time and want to pick your brains again?
When did we decide to let Mexico go to heck? I saw on the news this evening that some nice feller was running for a political office in one of the northern states of Mexico. And he was gunned down in the street by those nasty cartel fellers. They shoot folk running for office in the street. Now I bought myself a military force. I picked it up second hand when I began paying taxes. I figger it is the best in the world, though others seem to challenge that, at times. I share my army with the rest of you, for while we are many, we act as one. We have members of our military all over the world. Building nations and promoting peace, through force. We pay for this, you and I. Actually, off topic I had a kid waiting tables for us who was an economic major at U.V.M. and he could take your taxable income and the amount of it you contributed to the general fund and the known percentage of that, that was for the publicly known military budget, at the time. And calculate what you paid to the military. It takes me two, two-week pay periods, to buy one rifle bullet!!!!! But all of us together buy some powerful stuff don’t we. Sometimes I sit and wonder what my bullet did this month. Now we chose to have our military in Korea, and Germany, and Japan, and Cuba, and Iraq, and Afghanistan, Kurdistan, Pakistan. Hereastan, Thereastan, Everywhereastanstan!
Yet there sits Mexico.
Our friendly neighbor to the south.
If you added up all those deaths from our fairly recent terror attacks and wars in the stans.
And compared all the loss of life from Mexico, from straight up killings to deaths of human traffic left in locked trucks to all the lives destroyed by the drugs. What number is higher? Do we have any of our military in Mexico? If not why? Where is the greater threat, half way around the world or a place I can drive my truck to?
When did we choose to let this happen? Did Manifest Destiny die at the pacific? What if there was no border at all. And going from Arizona to Sonora was the same as going from Vermont to Massachusetts?