America and Iran have been involved in a covert war for many years over Iran’s efforts to geopolitically dominate the Middle East. Fearing the political and financial costs of sustaining protracted military actions against Iran, the Obama Administration has cranked up a covert program of assassinations, cyber-attacks and support for Syrian “freedom fighters” to frustrate Iran’s ambitions.
But given the Administration’s pandering to Hispanic voters by allowing loose enforcement of immigration laws against “undocumented workers”, there is a growing political danger that Democrats will be destroyed if Iranian agents with the help of Mexican narco-smugglers successfully sneak a biological or dirty bomb across the border before the November elections. Consequently, I believe the Obama Administration will send thousands of U.S. infantrymen to the Mexican border to cut off illegal alien crossings.
It is suspected that Iran has financed infiltration of “sleeper cell” agents into the United States. Hosam Maher Husein Smadi was arrested by the FBI in Dallas in 2009 while trying to plant a bomb to blow up a 60 story glass tower in downtown Dallas. Texas, with 1,254 miles of the 1,900-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border, has always been the hotbed for “illegal alien” crossings. The mostly rural Texas border communities are some of the poorest regions in our nation. If counties along the border comprised our 51st state, it would rank last in per capita personal income and first in poverty and unemployment. Consequently, human and drug trafficking are the border’s biggest industry.
Of the 40,000 average annual numbers of illegal Texas border crossers arrested by Federal and Texas border agents, approximately 400 are designated as “Special Interest Aliens” because their country of origin was in the Middle East. Given that only 10% of illegals are arrested, Iran could have smuggled 3,600 agents into America each year.
Mexican smuggling used to be controlled by local families, but in the last few years the Los Zetas Cartel in the east and the Sinaloa Cartel in the west have waged war to consolidate control of all Mexican narco-trafficking. Started by Mexican Special Forces operators and trained by the U.S. and Israel, Los Zetas is conducting a paramilitary terrorist campaign of assassinations, extortions, kidnappings and beheadings. Historically the Mexican drug dealers employed “plata o plomo” (literally translated as “silver or lead,” the Spanish phrase signifying cooperation with either a bribe or a bullet). But Los Zetas conserve silver by using sophisticated weapons they acquire from Iran and others to shoot more effectively. Over 50,000 Mexican homicides have been racked up in the last 5 years and the bloodbath is accelerating.
With murders and beheadings spilling over to the United States side of the border, Mexican President Felipe Calderón, the DEA and the CIA partnered to stop the spectacular rise of the Los Zetas and Sinaloa cartels. This resulted in big name arrests, including the recent arrest of Humberto Canales Lazcano, aka “El Chivo,” top hit man and cousin of the leader of Los Zetas.
But the rising violence has destroyed Calderon’s National Action Party’s (PAN) chances of winning the Mexican election on July 1st. Insecurity has left most Mexicans desperate for a leader who can pacify the gangsters. Leading candidate, Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), criticizes Calderon for not having a “clear” diagnosis before launching a “hasty” offensive against the cartels, saying he favors gradually withdrawing Mexican troops from city streets. To Mexicans this is code for Pena having already cut a deal to leave the cartels alone for lucrative financial support.
Examples of America ratcheting up the covert war include the 2010 “Stuxnet” virus attack infecting 16,000 computers involved in Iran’s nuclear program and funding and logistics support to the Syrian “Freedom Fighters.” Iran responded by increasing “Qods” force paramilitary operatives and sophisticated military hardware in Venezuela as a staging platform for actions against the United States. Michael A. Braun, former DEA chief of operations testified to the House Foreign Affairs Committee that operational capability of such groups is being “strengthened by the close relations that they are working hard to develop very powerful organized criminal organizations in our neighborhood” which “allow them to operate freely in our neighborhood, and they’re getting closer to our doorstep.” Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, asserted Iran’s diplomatic alliance could give the Islamic Republic’s intelligence forces and proxy groups “a platform in the region to carry out attacks against the United States.”
This growing nexus between Iran and narco-traffickers represents an existential threat to the viability of the Democratic Party. The new movie Act of Valor, which films real Navy Seals, depicts a fictional partnership between Chechen terrorists and Mexican narco-traffickers smuggling weapons-of-mass-destruction across the border to attack American shopping malls. This is why I believe the Obama Administration was willing to take the heat from leftists who howled military coup and conservatives who screeched police state, when they passed “National Defense Authorization Act” in the Senate by a 93-7 vote. The bill overturns the “Posse Comitatus Act of 1878”, allowing the President to define the United States as a “battleground” in a “never ending war” against terror, allowing use of U.S. military forces to carry out arrests, detentions, interrogations and executions against Americans on U.S. soil.
If terrorist attacks come from across the Mexican border, Democrats will be crucified in the November elections for politically-motivated lax border enforcement. This why I believe armed American infantrymen will be soon be patrolling along the Mexican border for the first time since Civil War Reconstruction.
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