Gumshoe is angry! Some of you folks may have heard this adage:
“Once a Marine, always a Marine!”
This mantra rings true to all of us former “Jarheads”. This saying was drilled into our brain housing groups (skulls) via our not-so-pleasant D.I.’s at Parris Island or at the San Diego Marine Recruit Depots. There is no such animal as an “X-Marine”!
We “leathernecks” joined the ranks of the “green machine” out of patriotism and also in order individually to test ourselves as our right of passage—body, mind, and spirit to earn that “buzzard, beach ball, and fish hook“. (The nickname for the USMC emblem depicting the eagle, globe, and anchor). We all wanted to do the right and honorable thing in protecting our great country even if it meant sacrificing our young lives. Urrah! “Goodnight Chesty, wherever you are!” (Look up famed Marine Corps General “Chesty” Puller for further reference).
Now back to Gumshoe’s righteous wrath. All of you gentle readers know that after Gumshoe finished his four-year hitch in the Corps, he spent four decades plus in law enforcement including some time as a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Los Angeles, California. Gumshoe came up close and personal with the drug cartels and their extreme violence.
Gumshoe played a small part in the investigation of the kidnapping, torturing, and killing of DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena down in Mexico in February of 1985. He was also a former Marine. God bless his soul.
There is no shadow of doubt inside of Gumshoe’s brain housing group that Mexico is a “Narco State” run by the competing drug cartels who own the Mexican government as well as the law enforcement leadership. Period! The cartels have a saying when corrupting officials:
“Plato o Plomo?”
This means: silver or lead? Take the bribe or take the bullet. Sadly, the majority of the officials take the silver in lieu of the bullet. What else is new you may ask? Drug and human trafficking. This is common knowledge among us “gringos” north of the border.
Recently, four innocent and possibly naive Americans crossed over the border and into a free-fire zone between rival cartel gunmen (sicarios). The cartels continually fight over the control of the U.S. and Mexican border. Two Americans were murdered outright and the other two were kidnapped. The dead Americans had their bodies dragged and dumped inside the bed of a pickup truck and the other two surviving Americans were also thrown into the truck bed by the killers. All four Americans were deposited into a guarded shack for over 24 hours. Two of the survivors were finally located and repatriated to the U.S.
- Where is the justice for our murdered and kidnapped fellow Americans?
Our State Department is presently negotiating with Mexican officials just to get the bodies back of the murdered victims.
- Why the delay?
- Why aren’t these well-known notorious and ruthless Mexican drug cartels not identified by the U.S. as terrorist organizations?
- Why are these “murder-incorporated” organizations allowed to exist and function at our southern border?
These cartels are definitely a “clear and present danger” to our country. Good must confront and destroy evil when it especially exists at our doorstep.
- Where is the determined will to act?
Gumshoe says that ACTION is needed covertly as well as overtly NOW by the U.S.
- Why is our government afraid to act?
These four Americans could have been any of us, our family members, or our friends.
Gumshoe thinks that the late American journalist, Henry Louis Menchen had it right (in this case) when he wrote:
“Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats”.
Gumshoe says, THAT TIME IS NOW! Damn the cartels and the corrupted Mexican authorities. Damn our “do nothing” government officials.
Well, that’s how Gumshoe feels about this matter kind folks.
PS: When Gumshoe worked as an undercover street Narc, the common phrase inside the drug and gang-infested barrio was:
“Vida es barrato”.
(Life is cheap). How commonplace and accepted was this pitiful saying by the victimized residents? The Devil laughed with delight!