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I'm so glad we have Mexico's blessing on the National Guard deployment

I read the by the Mexican embassy and thought it was very good of them to give us the go-ahead to deploy the Guard on our side of the border.  As long as it is a benefit to their country, it's all good.  Take the first paragraph, for example.

Regarding the Administration’s decision to send 1,200 National Guard servicemen to the US Southern border, the Government of Mexico trusts that this decision will help to channel additional US resources to enhance efforts to prevent the illegal flows of weapons and bulk cash into Mexico, which provide organized crime with its firepower and its ability to corrupt.

Yes, because the illegal weapons and cash are obviously coming from the US.  What provides organized crime with firepower and its ability to corrupt is a corrupt government.

Additionally, the Government of Mexico expects that National Guard personnel will strengthen US operations in the fight against transnational organized crime that operates on both sides of our common border and that it will not, in accordance to its legal obligations, conduct activities directly linked to the enforcement of immigration laws.

Fantastic!  So it's ok to deploy the troops just so long as it doesn't enforce the laws.  Love it.

Mexico is determined to continue working on its side of the border to enhance the security and well-being of border communities, and to deter and dismantle organized crime and its links to drug trafficking and human smuggling.

But wait, they just told us we couldn't stop the human trafficking.  Which one is it, guys?

As part of our joint strategy in the fight against transnational organized crime, there are actions that our two governments have undertaken together, and there are other measures taken independently by Mexico and by the US within their respective territories. In this regard, the Mexican Government fully respects the sovereign decisions of the US Government, but underscores that joint responsibility must continue to underpin our joint efforts in rolling-back transnational organized crime operating on both sides of the border.

I'm all for jointly attacking the problem so long as both sides recognize what the problems are and can agree to common goals. That being said, as far as the security of our nation is concerned, those decisions are for the US to make and we can make them unilaterally.  That is the definition of sovereignty.

Welcome Home - Compilation of soldiers coming home to surprise loved ones

I've seen videos like this in the past but this one has some additional scenes that are new to me.  I have never served in the military,but as a father, and a son, it brings a tear to my eye to see this kind of thing.  The look on the faces of the kids is priceless.

Grenade throw - FAIL!

How not to throw a grenade.  Good thing this was with a non-lethal version.  That poor guy was left standing there looking into his hide thinking "What the..." poof!

There is something familiar about the new logo for the DoD Missile Defense Agency

The Daily Show: Code Pink vs. USMC recruiting center in Berkley, CA.

This is a couple of years old but still made me laugh.  Rob Riggle, Daily Show reporter and ex-Marine, goes undercover to report on Berkeley, CA's reaction to a new Marine recruiting station. I think he handles himself well...

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Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day is this Wednesday, November 11, 2009.  This year a friend of mine, Julia Kapsoff, has recorded a single called Theme for a Soldier.  I asked her for permission to share it and she agreed.  The file is attached below.

To all of the Vets out there, thank you for serving.

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by Dr. Radut