“Obama Team Eyes Second Amendment” by Oliver North

On Sunday, November 9, 2008, Rahm Emanuel, now White House Chief of Staff, famously described the Obama administration’s philosophy for governing: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. What I mean by that is it is an opportunity to do things you couldn’t do before.” O-Team sycophants in the so-called mainstream media chuckled. Conservatives were alarmed. We now know we had reason to be.

At the time Mr. Emanuel made his comment — five days after the election — we thought he was referring to the ongoing “economic crisis” to justify life-altering legislation on new government spending, social entitlements, higher taxes and massive debt. A quick glance at the Obama budget proves we were right. However, it turns out we grossly underestimated the willingness of the O-Team to apply their carpe crisis maxim to every situation — foreign or domestic.

Anyone who has followed the current travail of the Mexican government in dealing with hyper-violent drug cartels south of the Rio Grande agrees that it is a serious calamity. In 2008, more than 5,800 people were killed in Mexican drug-related violence, double the number in 2007. At least 1,100 have died thus far in 2009.

The $40 billion that drug lords reap annually from U.S., Canadian and European “customers” has fueled massive corruption in Mexico, allowing cartels virtually unlimited power. Ruthless killings of civil, police and military officials who resist has become endemic. When the chief of police in Ciudad Juarez refused a cartel order to resign, he was told that they would kill one of his police officers every 48 hours. Five of his officers were murdered in ten days. The chief quit and went into hiding.

Not all of the problem is south of the border. Well-funded Mexican-affiliated drug gangs operate in at least 230 U.S. cities and towns — keeping their American “clients” supplied — and fighting for “turf.” Last year in Phoenix, Arizona, there were more than 370 drug-related kidnappings. Cartel-related crimes have been reported from Albuquerque to Anchorage and Seattle to Savannah.

Last month Mexico’s courageous and beleaguered President, Felipe Calderon, began deploying military units to fight well-armed narco-terrorists in northern Mexico. On the U.S. side of the border, DEA, ATF, FBI, CBP (Customs & Border Patrol) and ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) agents along with state and local law enforcement officers, commenced a coordinated, multi-state crackdown on drug gangs. According to the Department of Justice, the operation netted 755 drug dealers, money launderers and smugglers.

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