- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 20, 2007

During Sen. Barbara Boxer’s grandstanding with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice she asked, more than once, “Who pays the price,” insinuating that only others with no children in the military, such as Miss Rice, are in favor of the war in Iraq (“White House rips Boxer over Rice,” Page 1, Jan. 13).

Mrs. Boxer thus demonstrated that she has no clue regarding a leader’s obligations to the nation. Does she really believe that the president and these others think only of themselves and their immediate family when they make such decisions?

Hopefully not all senators have such tunnel vision. Imagine Mrs. Boxer righteously putting that same question, during World War II, to Franklin Delano Roosevelt or to Winston Churchill, or, earlier in our history, to Abraham Lincoln.

DENIS ABLES

Vienna

Where’s the justice?

The lengthy imprisonment of the two U.S. Border Patrol agents, Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos, is outrageous (“Prison ‘rewards’ border agents,” Page 1, Thursday). It is hard to fathom how two law enforcement officers who were doing their job to protect border security are being punished in this manner and that an illegal alien, Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila, who was smuggling 743 pounds of marijuana into this country could be granted immunity.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican, and other members of Congress deserves high praise for speaking out about the fate of these agents.

For a president who is always espousing the worthy tenets of homeland security and protection of our country, President Bush’s steadfast support of illegal aliens who break the law by entering our country and taking advantage of our system is abominable. Mr. Bush’s obstinacy and refusal to grant a pardon in this case is a dreadful prospect for the future fate of law enforcement officers who risk their lives for protection of our communities throughout the nation.

White House spokesman Tony Snow has said this case has been mischaracterized, that the agents had violated regulations and were convicted by a jury. The agents were convicted by a jury, but several members of the jury later revealed they did not believe the agents were guilty. They voted, however, to go along with everyone else due to the pressure placed on them by the judge who gave them the impression there should not be a hung jury. Those jurors have since stated they believed the agents are innocent of the charges. This verdict should not stand based on these admissions.

It has become apparent, not only through this case but through other actions as well, that Mr. Bush condones the presence of illegal aliens in this country. He continually promotes avenues for them to gain access to privileges they do not deserve and to which they have no legal rights. The president’s relationship with illegal aliens is an insult and an outrage to the legal citizens of this country who legitimately deserve the rights they are entitled to. Border Patrol agents Compean and Ramos, their families and legal U.S. citizens have now become victims of a process that is out of control.

KAREN L. BUNE

Adjunct professor

Department of criminal justice

George Mason University

Fairfax

A divisive choice

President Bush’s support for Sen. Mel Martinez, Florida Republican, assuming a top post on the Republican National Committee is a slap in the face to all conservative Republicans and those who favor sincere immigration reform (“Choice of Martinez sparks GOP rebellion,” Page 1, Tuesday). Mr. Bush has laid down the gauntlet in his “comprehensive” amnesty proposal during the last two years of his presidency.

On the other hand, Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican and head of the House Immigration Reform Caucus, has announced his exploratory campaign for president, by denouncing the president’s actions in supporting Mr. Martinez for a leadership position in the RNC. Mr. Martinez has been at the forefront of the drive for a comprehensive amnesty proposal, which will lead to the legalization of over twenty million illegal aliens living in the country.

The president has consistently split the Republican Party in his determined drive to provide amnesty to people who illegally entered the country. He has also dragged his feet in cracking down on employers who hire illegal aliens. The vast majority of Americans are opposed to his proposals to offer citizenship to millions of people who disregard our immigration laws.

BYRON SLATER

San Diego

(858) 483-4477

bslatersan.rr.com

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