Okay, I like her a lot, and it’s her job to be diplomatic and keeps things copacetic with our neighbor to the south. And it’s also her job to be loyal to her boss’s (irresponsible) border control policies. And she was speaking on the fly here. And it sounds like she delivered an otherwise great speech that the paper said impressed even some of the Democrats listening to her, and it’s not like I don’t feel like a schmoe picking out one off-the-cuff answer and harping about it.
And foidermore, it’s not like I was always the hugest fan of the Minuteman Project, at least until the ridiculous, sanctimonious, obnoxious MSM-ACLU opposition to them (“They’re carrying legal firearms! They’re flying American flags! Some of them are pasty and wear rayon! They must be racists, or at least nutballs!”) has radicalized me to the point that now I’m ready to pick a fight just to support them and their right to peacefully assemble.
Anyway, Condi spoke at Frisco’s Commonwealth Club and, according to a Mercury News article that’s really not worth going through the long, intrusive registration process , she was asked about the Minutemen:
Most of the audience questions selected by club CEO Gloria Duffy centered on war and global diplomatic efforts, but Rice was asked for her opinion about the role of armed volunteers guarding the border with Mexico.
“As to enforcement, that is a role for the United States government and the United States government alone,” she said bluntly.
This is, of course, blatantly misrepresenting what the Minutemen were trying to do, and actually did, without any reports of civil rights violations during their one-month patrol–which is to notify legitimate law enforcement of border violations so the proper authorities could deal with the problem. You know, like a Neighborhood Watch program. Or Crimestoppers. Or the Guardian Angels in NYC.
Is Secretary of State Rice against Neighborhood Watch Programs? Of course she’s not. She knows better. Law enforcement depends on cooperation and information from citizens.
Also, and this is a quibble, but the United States Government alone? Even local and state law enforcement agencies don’t have a part to play?
Let’s be honest: I greatly admire the stalwart agents of the Border Patrol, the US Park Rangers service, Customs, INS, all the enforcement agencies monitoring the border, which is thankless and sometimes dangerous work. They do the best they can. That said, “the United States Government and The United States Government Alone” hasn’t been doing a particularly overwhelming job of securing the south end of the country.