National Guard

Whole Foods Takes a Side in Baltimore

Apr 29, 2015 By Dan Solomon

It’s rare for a major corporation to get involved in a contentious, racially charged political protest, but the Austin-based supermarket chain decided to take a side in Baltimore. 

Troops on the Border

Aug 5, 2014 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

To close this discussion, I simply want to say one thing: This was completely predictable. There was no reason to send the National Guard to the Border. There was no mission. There was no objective. It was just political theatre to make Rick Perry look like he was doing something,…

National Guard Troops on the Border

Jul 21, 2014 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

It is one thing to institute a DPS “surge” on the border; it is quite another to send the National Guard there, a thousand strong, as Perry intends to do. What is the purpose of sending the Guard to the border? The National Guard is a military force. Is its…

What’s the point?

May 27, 2010 By Paul Burka

The El Paso Times today reports that the 1,200 National Guard troops President Barack Obama is sending to the border will be authorized to do…well, nothing. Can’t patrol it, can’t interdict aliens crossing the border, can’t use deadly force. From the Times’ story: The Posse Comitatus Act, a federal law,…

McAllen Monitor: Mexican pirates operating on Falcon Lake

May 26, 2010 By Paul Burka

President Obama may have sent the wrong troops to the Border. Maybe he should have sent the Coast Guard instead of the National Guard. The Monitor reported an incident on May 19 in which Mexican cartel members armed with AK-47s robbed an American fishing party of $400. No one was injured. The cartel members were described as having a ring of Z's tatooed around their necks--markings associated with the Zetas cartel. (KENS-TV in San Antonio has also reported on the piracy.) Falcon Lake is a huge body of water located in one of the most remote areas of Texas, adjacent to Zapata and Starr counties. Population along the lakeshore is sparse. The best fishing is said to be on the Mexican side, where entire towns were submerged when the lake was impounded. I looked at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Web site today but found no warning to the public about the piracy events. This is the Department of Public Safety's latest (May 21) statement on the situation: