- The Washington Times - Friday, January 16, 2009


Thank you for your editorial regarding the plight of Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean (“A ‘dear friend’s‘ justice,” Tuesday). Your editorial called President Bush’s failure to offer pardons to these two courageous and now mistreated gentlemen “a grave error of his second term.” I could not agree more.

I am by no stretch an enemy or very frequent critic of Mr. Bush. I voted for him twice, have agreed with most of his judgments and policies, supported him in his anti-terrorism campaigns, and - in general - have been a staunch ally and friend of his administration.

It is because of my high regard for the man personally and as my country’s president that I find his failure to act on behalf of Ramos and Compean incomprehensible. I did not know of his close friendship with U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, and now I hate having to consider that those ties have clouded the president’s judgment in such a clear-cut case of right vs. wrong. Mr. Sutton’s prosecution was tainted and dishonest, and the issues are so clear that I find myself maintaining a hope that surely Mr. Bush will see this and still act properly in issuing full pardons for both men.

Failing that, my conviction is that Mr. Bush will live to mark this blunder as a major failure of his life. I will pray one more week that he will reverse a reprehensible miscarriage of justice while he still has the authority to do so.


Purcellville, Va.

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