Are Americans dying because of White House inaction Brian Terry died for President Obama's sins?
against bandits near the southern Arizona town of Rio Rico, approximately 15 miles inside the U.S. border. Here and along other infiltration routes, gangsters prey on illegal aliens and drug smugglers or serve as private security forces for gangs engaged in illegal activities. Agent Terry was part of a four-man Border Patrol Tactical Unit sent to engage the bandits, and he was shot down in the resulting firefight.Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano offered condolences to Mr. Terry's family but met a sharp rejoinder from his father, Kent, who said, "You gotta wake your man up in the White House." Ms. Napolitano countered that Mr. Obama has "done more in the last two years than any other president," and when pressed by reporters on the matter said she did not "think it appropriate for the media to try to pick this as a fight." The border-security issue, however, was not invented by the press, and government functionaries are poor judges of what kind of media coverage is appropriate, especially when it deals with their own questionable performance.
The Terry family called Ms. Napolitano's claim that Mr. Obama has done more than any other president to deal with border security "empty words," and the notion is easily proved false. Whatever accomplishments the Obama administration may claim, they pale against the aggressive and successful border-security policies President Eisenhower pursued in the 1950s. Woodrow Wilson's response to cross-border activity by Mexican gangs was to send 4,800 troops over the border. Mr. Obama's most notable actions have been to unleash the Justice Department on Arizona for taking small steps to try to deal with the problem of illegals and to push the Dream Act, a backdoor amnesty nightmare that thankfully ended when the Senate woke up and defeated it.
Worsening conditions in the United States reflect the situation in northern Mexico, which resembles a full-scale insurgency. There, the "war on drugs" is not just a slogan; it's a daily struggle fought with guns and machetes. More than 30,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico since 2006