It’s now been confirmed that a Mexican drug cartel has seized control of 2 ranches in Laredo, TX. Law enforcement officials are saying that they consider this an act of war:

In what could be deemed an act of war against the sovereign borders of the United States, Mexican drug cartels have seized control of at least two American ranches inside the U.S. territory near Laredo, Texas.

Two sources inside the Laredo Police Department confirmed the incident is unfolding and they would continue to coordinate with U.S. Border Patrol today. “We consider this an act of war,” said one police officer on the ground near the scene. There is a news blackout of this incident at this time and the sources inside Laredo PD spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Word broke late last night that Laredo police have requested help from the federal government regarding the incursion by the Los Zetas. It appears that the ranch owners have escaped without incident but their ranches remain in the hands of the blood thirsty cartels.

The situation in Laredo is both intense and fluid. It’s times like this when a real commander-in-chief is missed the most.

President Obama’s passive stance towards border security has emboldened the drug cartel’s terrorists/mercenaries. Had he taken this issue seriously rather than just playing amnesty politics with it, he might’ve sent a serious National Guard/DEA presence to the region to not just prevent their violent attacks but to go on the offensive against the cartels.

Obama’s border security policy is summed up in 1 word: A-P-P-E-A-S-E-M-E-N-T. He’s done nothing to tell the drug cartels that are terrorizing the Tuscon Corridor or downtown Phoenix that they’ll pay a heavy price in blood, armaments and territory for each of their attacks.

If we had a real commander-in-chief who’s primary interest was protecting U.S. citizens instead of playing election politics, things might not have even escalated to this level. If the cartels suffered substantial damage because the DEA and other U.S. security assets were on the offensive against them, the cartel’s capabilities likely would’ve been seriously degraded.

This is President Obama’s first national security crisis. If he doesn’t pass this test with high marks, he can kiss a second term good bye. The American aren’t going to re-elect a president whose economic policies have led to a spike in unemployment and whose national security policies are best described as appeasement. To oldtimers like me, President Obama’s and DHS Secretary Napolitano’s national security policies are looking too much like the disastrous policies of Jimmy Carter and Zbigniew Brzezinski.

That’s almost as scary a thought as dealing with a Mexican drug and human traffickers.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

4 Responses to “President Obama’s First Crisis”

  • walter hanson says:

    Gary:

    Lets not forget it’s actually worse than that. Appeasement is giving somebody something hoping they won’t do something bad to you.

    What Obama has done is surrender. Remember in Arizona while the government is suing Arizona because they have the nerve to challenge they also posted signs in US territory it’s dangerous to be travelling here. So since they were already running around creating the danger you can’t say Obama is engaged in appeasement.

    This only reinforces it.

    I wonder how the mainstream media will cover this?

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Gary Gross says:

    Ed Morrissey is saying it’s a hoax so I’m giving that alot of weight. Still, the reporter that Pat Dollard cited in his post is a credible reporter, too, so I’m a bit betwixt & between on this.

    At this point, I’m leaning towards trusting Ed but I’m not closing the door that it’s really happening.

  • J. Ewing says:

    Let’s see… Patton 101: Concealed envelopment to cut off all lines of retreat, set up a kill zone along the most likely line of retreat, frontal assault with heavy armor to force the retreat, and snipers to disorganize the defenses. 1500 Guardsmen could probably handle this, assuming we had a CinC with any qualifications whatsoever for the job he holds.

    The only thing left would be to make certain that the body counts (and maybe pictures) were shown widely on TV, so the next crop of vermin might learn.

  • LadyLogician says:

    I am still skeptical of this story even though the Cypress Times has ANONYMOUS confirmation from the Laredo PD.

    Founder of the San Diego Minutemen Jeff Schwilk tipped me off to this story and passes along the following information on the location. The ranches are said to be “near Mines Rd. and Minerales Annex Rd about 10 miles NW of I-35”.

    Update – Statement from Mr. Schwilk)

    I can personally vouch that this info came in late last night from a reliable police source inside the Laredo PD. There is currently a standoff between the unknown size Zeta forces and U.S. Border Patrol and local law enforcement on two ranches on our side of the Rio Grande. The source tells us he considers this an “act of war” and that the military is needed on the border now!

    Whether it is lone members or squads is not certain.

    http://www.thecypresstimes.com/article/News/National_News/BREAKING_MULTIPLE_RANCHES_IN_LAREDO_TX_TAKEN_OVER_BY_LOS_ZETAS/31835

    This is probably one of those that we let play out before we comment further.

    LL

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