Texas law enforcement reports members of Islamist terrorist groups crossing the Mexican border into the Lone Star State in recent years. And there have long been suspicions regarding an ISIS presence near Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, based on Mexican sources in law enforcement and armed forces who spoke to the governmental investigative organization Judicial Watch.
A 68-page report from the Texas Department of Public Safety told of 143 “land border crossing encounters with watch-listed individuals in southwest border states between November 2013 and July 2014,” who were among well over 400 individuals from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria and 30 other Mideast, African and Asian countries crossing or trying to cross into the U.S. without authorization. In response, Rep. Ron DeSantis, R- Fla., last month convened the House Oversight Committee’s National Security subcommittee he chairs to address the issue of terrorists exploiting our porous southern border. And DeSantis has brought his concerns front and center in his U.S. Senate campaign.
With it this easy for terrorists to enter America — and we don’t know how many have come here undetected — is there any doubt that the U.S. homeland is vulnerable to an ISIS attack like the ones last month in Brussels, killing 32, and last November in Paris, slaughtering 130?
President Obama likes to say, “you know, the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.” But the threat of Islamist terrorists using Mexico as a launching ground for jihadist attacks within America smacks of another Cuban missile crisis.
In the fall of 1962, the U.S. discovered that the Soviet Union was deploying nuclear missiles within the territory of its communist surrogate, Cuba, just 90 miles away from our shores. The Russians, naturally, lied and denied. But Obama’s Democrat predecessor, President John F. Kennedy, presented satellite photos to Moscow proving the missiles’ presence.
“This urgent transformation of Cuba into an important strategic base — by the presence of these large, long-range, and clearly offensive weapons of sudden mass destruction — constitutes an explicit threat to the peace and security of all the Americas,” Kennedy told the nation on Oct. 22nd of that year. He added that “missiles in Cuba add to an already clear and present danger” from the Soviet Union.
JFK also pointed out that “the 1930s taught us a clear lesson: aggressive conduct, if allowed to go unchecked and unchallenged, ultimately leads to war.”
Kennedy took action, blockading Cuba. (He also added a dose of appeasement, secretly withdrawing U.S. nuclear missiles from Turkey and Italy.)
ISIS is of President Obama’s own doing; it would not be what it is, in control of so much of Iraq and Syria and so rich from the oil there, if not for Obama’s pullback of U.S. forces from Iraq more than four years ago. Will he, like JFK, investigate and take action against whatever terrorist presence there is just south of our border?
Or will he tolerate this clear and present danger?