- - Monday, August 18, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Marine Corps motto is “Semper Fidelis,” which means “Always faithful.” Through the years, Marines have faithfully served our nation. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi is one such faithful servant. Sgt. Tahmooressi volunteered to serve his country, but now his country appears to have forgotten him.

For more than four months he has been in a Mexican prison simply because he made a wrong turn into Mexico with weapons (legally registered in the United States) in his car. This entire incident is nothing more than a misunderstanding, yet the American government has done little to free this decorated veteran.

The irony is that as Sgt. Tahmooressi sits in prison for a minor violation of Mexican law, thousands of illegal aliens are being filtered through Mexico and crossing U.S. borders, an action that is a major violation of our law. Is anyone in the Obama administration holding Mexican officials accountable for this illegal activity?

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy said, “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.” The Obama administration should be applauded for standing against the religious persecution of Christians and Yazidis in Iraq. However, it is also time to remember our own.

Mr. President, now is the time to use the immense power of your office to ensure the release of this faithful Marine.

ED MULVANEY JR.

Anniston, Ala.

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