Thirty years. Manuel Osorio-Arellanes of El Fuerte, Mexico, claimed at his sentencing that he, too, is a victim, because he didn’t pull the trigger on the Fast and Furious rifle that took senior Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s life on December 14, 2010.
The court disagreed. He was part of the ripoff crew targeting marijuana smugglers who opened fire when confronted by the Border Patrol; therefore, he is guilty.
Not as guilty, perhaps, as one or more of his compatriots, two of whom are currently jailed in Mexico pending extradition and two of whom are still at large, hopping down the fugitive trail. Our own badly misnamed Department of Justice also bears culpability, having set up the program that allowed “gun walkers” to deliver rifles from U.S. dealers to straw buyers who then delivered them to criminal buyers across the border. Some of those buyers promptly brought some of those same weapons right back north, using them to murder our own law enforcement agent.
It took me a few days to write this after the news of Osorio-Arellans’s sentence hit the mainstream broadcasts. Plenty of the big dogs would be all over it, so there was no rush, and it was necessary to put my thoughts in order.
For those of our readers who may not remember the details of this Obama administration horror–there are so many, after all–Attorney General Eric Holder is widely suspected of knowing all about the now disgraced Fast and Furious program. In fact, he called in for cover from his President, whom many (among those uninterested in Kool-Aid drinking) suspect of knowing all about it as well.
There has been all sorts of cover up activity, nothing new for this bunch, but there’s plenty of evidence that (a) the Fast and Furious program was not well thought through in advance of its implementation, and (b) the real enthusiasm for the program involved the left’s hope to use “evidence” gathered to shoot for more gun control (pun intended) in the USA.
My wife and I also felt strongly about Brian Terry’s murder because it took place close to home (within 75 miles of the Border Fort, 50 as the crow flies), and because he and his fellow Border Patrol agents were instructed to fire bean bags first when things got nasty.
That’s right. You’ve got known killers out there who make a business of ripping off marijuana smugglers, and our illustrious *%^!! leaders tell them to fire bean bags at the enemy.
Smooth move, Ex-Lax.
Now, I’m going to show you a couple of photos, screen shots from the TV broadcast. Take a look at the guy who threw bean bags at the bad guys, not because the former Marine thought that was a great idea, but because those were his orders. Then take a look at the ripoff crew member.
If that evil weevil or someone even nastier was facing you down in dark wilderness, would you go with the bean bag concept? How about an RPG, rocket propelled grenade? But no, we’ve got DON’T HURT THE LAWBREAKERS written all over our people’s ROE (Rules Of Engagement).
These slit-your-throat types are among those the open borders believers want to welcome to America with open arms and open checkbooks.
Osorio-Arellanes is the only man to be sentenced pursuant to Terry’s death–so far, anyway. Terry family members were asked if they felt the 30 year sentence was adequate. They did. The convicted felon is 37 years old; he’ll be nearing 70 when he gets out, if he lives that long. So that’s good, as far as it goes.
But where do we go from here? I ask myself that, looking at Fast and Furious and the needless loss of a top BP agent as one symptom of spreading disease known as the Obama Presidency, and there’s only one answer: Those of us who give a hoot need to stay focused, or refocus, on politics. This being 2014, the midterm Congressional elections are right around the corner. They’re crucial in every respect. Every race in either the House or the Senate is significant.
Here in southern Arizona, our CD2 race for the House seat currently held by Congressman Ron Barber (Democrat) is a case in point. Two years ago, USAF Colonel (Ret.) Martha McSally came close to beating Barber. This time, he’s much more vulnerable due to the combination of his steadfast support for Obamacare combined with the public’s rising awareness of the flaws in that statute.
And he’s not alone. There are others who can be beaten this year, and must be–unless We the People really want to see the unimpeded continuation of the current administration’s roughshod run over individual rights, ignoring and shredding the intended balance between the three branches of government set up by the framers of the Constitution.
Who knows? If the GOP does well in November, we may even see two people eventually sentenced for the killing of Brian Terry. Stranger things have happened.