No Lib Outrage for Andrew Tahmooressi
We tolerate armed incursions by Mexican authorities and a flood of unaccompanied minors and other illegal aliens but are quite content to let a Marine with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder who made a wrong turn on his way to San Diego twist in the breeze of the Mexican judicial system.Tahmooressi has been held in a Mexican jail since March 31, when he was arrested after poor signage caused him to accidentally cross into Mexico. In his truck were three legally purchased guns[.] ...Cue the chirping crickets, for it appears the Obama administration, which has as ample an opportunity to free Tahmooressi as it did deserter Bowe Bergdahl, is quite content to let Tahmooressi sit in jail, his case already botched by two assigned attorneys who failed to submit any evidence for the Mexican courts to review[.]
From the famous "latte salute" to the Marine holding the presidential umbrella, President Obama's respect for our men in uniform has been open to question. Unless, of course, they desert their post in Afghanistan to try to join the Taliban, like Bowe Bergdahl. Then you have the parents to the White House and trade the Taliban general staff to obtain their release. After all, we leave no one behind. Except, maybe, for Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi.Jill Tahmooressi, Andrew's mother, has never been invited to stand by the president on the White House lawn. Nor has she ever received a phone call from President Obama, as she testified Wednesday before a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee. Presidential calls of support are reserved for basketball players like Jason Collins, whom Obama called to say "he was impressed by his courage," according to a White House spokesperson, for announcing that he was gay.For our part, we are impressed by the courage of Sgt. Tahmooressi, who served two tours of duty fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, and his mother. Her son fought the enemy instead of trying to join them. And for making a wrong turn into Mexico while carrying legal American firearms in his trunk as he journeyed to San Diego for treatment of his PTSD, he now sits in a Mexican jail ignored by the country he risked his life for.
Tahmooressi's release came only after a strong diplomatic push from former Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico and Reps. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Matt Salmon (R-AZ). Speaking by phone on his way to board a plane with Tahmooressi, Richardson said the trio, along with talk show host Montel Williams, met with Mexico's Attorney General and Ambassador to the US, advocating for his liberation.
President Obama is perfectly content to apply the weight of his office to advance the causes he cares about. So his failure to wield his power on behalf of Sgt. Tahmooressi raises a pointed question: Does he even care? ...In May, the president stood in the Rose Garden to proudly announce that his administration had negotiated the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity in Afghanistan, trading five terrorist killers to the Taliban in exchange for a soldier who reportedly deserted his front-line unit less than two months into his first tour of duty.