Let’s leave aside that this is apparently a “tense exchange” for Politico, where politics should be conducted like yoga classes. DeSantis isn’t the first Republican to say that it’s time the military get involved in the border crisis; both Sen. J.D. Vance of Ohio and Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas, among others, have supported the idea in one way or another, much to the consternation of the left. He’s also not the only Republican presidential candidate to float the idea of sending the military the border to stop the crisis; as Agence France-Presse reported, three other candidates — former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, businessman and conservative activist Vivek Ramaswamy, and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott — all pledged they would deploy the military to end the crisis. In addition, former Trump administration Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, alleged in a memoir that while The Donald repeatedly floated the idea of deploying missiles to the southern border to fight cartels during his presidency, he decided against it because of the potential legal ramifications and an increase in asylum claims, according to WTSP. Of course, there’s a simpler way of doing this, which would have involved pressuring Mexico to enforce its own laws and get a handle on its sprawling organized crime problem decades ago. The issue is that no one in power there wants to take the steps necessary in order to dismantle the drug and human trafficking pipeline, and no one here has ever sufficiently felt the need to, either. A military presence at the border would finally send a message that America isn’t simply just going to view Mexico as an ally with a significant crime problem but, as far as it comes to enforcing laws against organized crime, as a failed state that must be treated accordingly. “The reality is, they are overrunning our border,” DeSantis told O’Donnell. “They’re sex trafficking. They’re human trafficking, and they’re bringing in massive quantities of drugs. I mean, our country is being invaded and hurt by what they’re doing. And the question is, do we just throw up our hands and do we say, there’s nothing we can do about it? Or does a leader take action?” Yes, this kind of diplomacy might lead to a “tense exchange” — tenser than the one DeSantis had with O’Donnell, even — but one suspects it might get better results than we’re getting now. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
The Mexican drug cartels are invading our country and poisoning tens of thousands of Americans every year.Yet the elites think we’re supposed to just throw up our hands and let it happen? Not on my watch. A new sheriff is coming to town and accountability will be administered. pic.twitter.com/PNzeMZEQWS — Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantis) September 12, 2023