Newsweek reported last week of an incident at the southern border wherein two US Army soldiers were disarmed by Mexican soldiers….in the US.
Two U.S. Army soldiers sat in an unmarked Chevrolet Tahoe owned by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on the west side of an El Paso County, Texas, colonia known as Las Pampas.
It was April 13, and the Army sergeant and private had set up a hasty observation post north of the Rio Grande but south of the border fence in U.S. territory. The soldiers were members of B Battery, 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. The unit, part of the Southwest border mission President Donald Trump first ordered in October 2018, recently had its deployment extended to September.
At roughly 2 p.m. local time, the soldiers observed five to six individuals dressed in green pixelated military camouflage uniforms and carrying weapons, which appeared to be the FX-05 Xiuhcoatl, an assault rifle designed and built for the Mexican armed forces.
The armed men swiftly approached the U.S. service members, crossing over from the Mexican side of the Rio Grande into U.S. territory and ordering the soldiers out of their vehicle at gunpoint.
And further down:
The U.S. soldiers said the Mexican soldiers moved tactically fast on their U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) vehicle, which was unmarked. The Army soldiers did not have enough reaction time to activate a 911 emergency on their Shout Nano, a cellphone-sized, two-way GPS tracking device that also doubles as an emergency beacon when soldiers are in need of additional military units.
Speaking in Spanish, the Mexican soldiers instructed the sergeant and the private to move to the front of their vehicle, where they were “gently searched,” according to the incident report. The sergeant’s service pistol, the Beretta M9, was removed from his hip by the soldiers and thrown inside the U.S. government vehicle.
The U.S. soldiers reported they did not see “any identifiable seals or symbols” on the Mexicans’ vehicle and “could not identify any patches or name tapes on the uniform except for the Mexican flags.”
The deputy director of public affairs for NORAD and U.S. Northern Command, John Cornelio, said in a statement to Newsweek on Friday that a joint inquiry by CBP and the Defense Department revealed the gunmen to be Mexican military members who believed the U.S. soldiers were south of the Mexican border.
“After a brief discussion between the soldiers from the two nations, the Mexican military members departed the area. The U.S. soldiers immediately contacted CBP, who responded quickly. Throughout the incident, the U.S. soldiers followed all established procedures and protocols,” the statement said.
“Throughout the incident, the U.S. soldiers followed all established procedures and protocols.” If allowing unidentifiable Mexicans disarm you and police you on your own soil is what passes for following procedures and protocols then our military is in an even worse state than previously thought. Seriously, this just as easily could’ve been cartel members instead of alleged Mexican soldiers. For all we know it actually was cartel that realized they had stopped soldiers and didn’t want to start an all-out war and both governments are saying it was soldiers to cover this point up.
Observe how we handle defending our actual borders, on actual US soil, compared to how fast and loose we fight and defend on foreign lands. Our priorities have been so inverted that the vast majority of the public doesn’t even blink an eye about how ass backwards this is. The Empire is crumbling. China runs roughshod on the waters knowing we aren’t the Naval power we once were. Central and South America laugh at us as they allow more migrants to pour into our country. We draw red lines in the sand threatening these countries with sanctions and then back off when they walk right over them. As the main character of HBO’s “Succession” once said, “sometimes it is a big dick contest”. All of this capitulation and backing down and drawing red lines that aren’t hard stops make us weaker. Countries notice when we do not project strength. And constant capitulation and backing down will not bode well in future encounters.