Attack of the Mexican Lake Pirates
Heard about this on Neal Boortz's radio program yesterday while driving into Atlanta for an appointment. This is not the first time this has happened--there have been several other incidents as well, although this is the first time someone has actually died.
It turns out that all the shenanigans take place on the Mexican side or close to the maritime border between the US and Mexico, so it is primarily the Mexican government's responsibility. And to be fair, it's not like the Mexican government is stonewalling on the issue.
That being said, the Mexican government's control over much of its territory is rather tenuous right now. Like what's going on in Somalia, if a state cannot police its own territory, someone else should.
Were I the governor of Texas, I'd base some National Guard attack helicopters thereabouts and have them periodically patrol the area. In the event of anything like this happening again, the perpetrators get shredded. The purpose of the State is to protect the lives, liberty, and property of its citizens and that's at risk here. Chopper patrols might also be useful in deterring incursions by the Mexican military or armed cartel types as well, which have been known to happen.
Boortz went so far as to suggest American search teams with Apache helicopter escort cross over to the Mexican side to find Hartley's body and if anyone attempts to interfere, they'll get put on the bottom with holes in them, but given how the Mexican government is (allegedly) helping try to find the body, that might be rather premature.
The above article said that signs the cartel violence has crossed the border (two shot-up Mexicans in a truck) are more troubling than Hartley's death, and since that happened in the U.S., she has a point.
However, what happened on that lake is pretty darn bad.
Hmm...maybe it's time to say something politically inflammatory, like "Out of Iraq, Onto the Mexican Border?" One might need to modify the Posse Comitatus Act though, since border-security is primarily a law-enforcement issue at present and military involvement in law enforcement is restricted.