There is a tremendous irony in the Obama administration feeling free to tell Israel what to do but not Mexico in the case of Sgt. Tahmooressi. We all know that one phone call from Mr. Obama would get Sgt. Tahmooressi released.
Kerry has demanded unreasonable cease-fire proposals of Israel. He wanted Israel to give up land, build a seaport for the Hamas terrorists and open a line of funding between Gaza and Qatar, a nation that funds Hamas terrorism.
When Barack Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday at the White House, Netanyahu pushed against a devastating nuclear deal that would leave Iran as a “threshold nuclear power.” What did President Obama do? He shifted the conversation to Palestinan civilian casualties in a war that Hamas started. A war in which Hamas used human shields, causing many of the casualties.
Then Obama attacked Netanyahu for “settlements” which are nothing more than apartments in their own land that Obama wants them to give to Hamas-Fatah, land which they will then use as a bombing launchpad as in Gaza. Obama believes in negotiating with terrorists.
On the other hand, the administration doesn’t want to interfere with Mexico’s laws.
The administration says it has been monitoring Tahmooressi’s circumstance carefully. Secretary of State John Kerry has discussed the matter with his Mexican counterparts.
The administration is clearly not about to expend a lot of political leverage to push the Mexicans to send Tahmooressi back.
Tahmooressi was almost killed in a Mexican prison and he has been tortured.
However, the administration doesn’t want to interfere with Mexico’s laws.
In May, Jen Psaki, the State Department spokeswoman, said, “Within a foreign country, a U.S. citizen is subject to that country’s law and regulations.”
In response to a White House petition started by Sgt. Tahmooressi’s mother, the White House said this:
“Mexican authorities have been very willing to engage on this issue. They have provided prompt and continued consular access and visitations,” the statement continued. “We respect the rule of law and expect the judicial process of sovereign nations to protect other U.S. citizens who might find themselves in similar circumstances in the future. We will continue to monitor the case and work with the Mexican authorities as this case proceeds through the Mexican judicial system. We continue to urge the Mexican authorities to process this case expeditiously.”
The administration that violates the law when it suits them suddenly found religion – for Mexico’s laws!
With Bowe Bergdahl, who deserted in Afghanistan, President Obama was personally engaged. He kept the soldier’s family closely informed of developments.
Kerry said, “It would have been ‘offensive’ to leave Bergdahl with people who would ‘torture him, cut off his head’.
Was it that or did they want to unload five Taliban terrorists from GITMO?
The administration said they “leave no man behind.” Except, of course, if it’s convenient not to and the victim is a man who fought for our country honorably on two tours of duty in Afghanistan and now has PTSD as a result.