“On the Holmes Front,” with Frank Holmes
For months, Republicans have said America stands on the brink of World War III—but it turns out, the war will probably break out on the U.S. border.
Outraged by heavily armed drug smugglers and human traffickers invading U.S. territory, Republican border hawks at every level of government have asked President Joe Biden to declare war on Mexican drug cartels, literally or figuratively.
Their white-hot outrage was touched off anew after four U.S. citizens were kidnapped in Mexico in the middle of a drug cartel shootout. Two of them died, two returned to the U.S.
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The cartels reportedly left an apology letter with the dead Americans’ bodies—but that’s not enough for a growing number of Republicans.
They want war, and they want it now!
It’s not just the open warfare along the southern border; it’s tons of fentanyl and other drugs, which have caused more than 100,000 deaths by overdose.
“If there were a ISIS or al Qaeda cell in Mexico that lobbed a rocket into Texas, we’d wipe them off the planet,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., this week.
Border Patrol agents have already seized 12,500 pounds of fentanyl at the southern border since October. That’s almost as much as the entire 14,700 pounds law enforcement officers seized all last year—in just the last four months.
Experts say two milligrams of fentanyl can cause a deadly overdose. That means the amount of fentanyl captured by Border Patrol agents is enough to kill 5.7 billion people!
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That doesn’t include the 45,700 pounds of methamphetamine, 18,800 pounds of cocaine, and 614 pounds of straight heroin caught by officers of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol—or the drugs not caught.
“We are going to introduce legislation in the coming days and try to make it bipartisan to designate these groups foreign terrorist organizations under U.S. law to open up more capability to go after them,” he said standing with his fellow Republican southern Senator, John Kennedy, R-La. “We’re going to introduce an authorization to use military force where the United States military to go in and destroy these labs and destroy these networks if possible.”
They say President Bill Clinton had a similar operation back in called Plan Colombia. The U.S. military teamed up with Colombian forces to target narco-terrorists.
Graham has seen few wars he didn’t want the U.S. to join—but he’s far from alone in wanting to protect U.S. citizens from Biden’s lax border policies.
“Our military should be stationed at our southern border. We should strategically strike and take out the Mexican Cartels, not the Mexican government or their people, but the Mexican Cartels which control them all,” said Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, R-Ga., the closest thing to Graham’s ideological mirror image in Congress.
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“Make an example out of these monsters!” she tweeted.
Our military should be stationed at our southern border.
We should strategically strike and take out the Mexican Cartels, not the Mexican government or their people, but the Mexican Cartels which control them all.
They are international terrorists and criminals murdering… https://t.co/4ETBxyfXQs
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) March 6, 2023
Mexican cartels and drug dealers control the southern border.
300 Americans DIE
from Chinese fentanyl the Mexican cartels traffic across our border.
Joe Biden does nothing.
Biden is the best business partner the cartels will ever have & enemy of America.
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) November 2, 2022
Green has been drawing attention to the border violence for months. President Donald Trump promised to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups in 2019… but it never happened.
In February, 21 states asked President Biden to declare the drug cartels Foreign Terrorist Organizations, capable of being targeted with new, tougher enforcement measures. Their uncontrolled “violence, which necessarily involves using firearms and explosives to kill security forces, plainly constitutes terrorist activity,” wrote the Republican state attorneys general.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, introduced the Declaring War on the Cartels Act last November, calling the international drug-pushers a “national security threat.”
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In January, Crenshaw teamed up with Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., to ask Congress to take aim at the paramilitary smugglers with an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF)–the same legislation put in place against al-Qaeda after 9/11.
Crenshaw got into a Twitter war with the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, on Wednesday.
“Why do you protect the cartels?” Crenshaw asked an infuriated Presidente.
The Mexican president responded by pinning the blame for the drug crisis on America’s “social decay.”
Eliminating the drug cartels is in both America and Mexico’s interests.
Here is my message to the President of Mexico, @lopezobrador_: pic.twitter.com/a3LI6PBHj0
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) March 8, 2023
“We are not going to permit any foreign government to intervene in our territory, much less that a government’s armed forces intervene,” said the president, whose name is often shortened to AMLO. “This proposal by the Republicans is an offense against the people of Mexico.”
Then the president of Mexico did something unheard of: He said he’d campaign against Republicans!
“If (Republicans) do not change their attitude…we are going to call for that party not to be voted for,” and promised to unleash a propaganda campaign among Mexicans living in the U.S. that would call the GOP “interventionist, inhumane, hypocritical, and corrupt.”
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The GOP probably doesn’t need to worry: Biden doesn’t plan to lift a finger to protect their constituents.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre recently said Biden plans to fight the deadly tidal wave of fentanyl with “powerful sanctions authorities.”
Biden’s bringing a piece of paper to a gun fight. No wonder he, and America, are getting slaughtered.
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”