AMERICA'S BAGHDAD BOB
By David J. Stoddard
July 3, 2007
It is easy to remember Saddam's spin doctor appearing on Arab television during the invasion of Iraq. He was a comical figure wearing a beret giving frequent press conferences in which he made outlandish claims about coalition forces getting routed, quashed, captured and otherwise defeated as U.S. troops demolished all opposition.
Good ole' "Baghdad Bob" made us chuckle and roll with laughter as a split T.V. screen showed him speaking on one side and Iraqi forces fleeing like mice on the other.
I liked Baghdad Bob. He did his job well. He was a mouthpiece for Saddam regardless of the facts. And, he provided material for late night television for months after he disappeared. I remember Baghdad Bob fondly. As far as I know, he never hurt anybody.
He just appeared periodically in his spiffy uniform and beret and told bald-faced lies with a straight face. That is an ability the morally challenged have mastered.
The Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol is a fellow named David Aguilar. Aguilar was appointed to his chiefdom by former INS Commissioner Doris Meissner. Meissner was appointed by former President Bill Clinton. Clinton didn't appoint Meissner because of her ability to get any job done or any ability in any particular area except for one. Doris Meissner is a superb political hack.
Doris Meisnner appointed a Deputy to oversee INS enforcement operations, (including the U.S. Border Patrol) named Robert Bach. Robert Bach had made propositions that "America is too white." Bill Clinton, Doris Meissner and Robert Bach embarked upon a systematic dismantling of immigration interior enforcement while still maintaining a façade of border enforcement. Interior Border Patrol Stations were shut down. Interior Border Patrol operations taking illegal aliens off the streets of our cities were prohibited. The Border Patrol was limited to a narrow band of activity in the immediate area of the border. And, those border enforcement activities were severely limited.
Keep in mind that the moniker "Border Patrol" might be misleading. Border Patrol officers are federal officers with jurisdiction in all 50 states and all territories of the United States. They are Federal Agents with the entitlements, protections and authorities the title denotes with full authority under the law to enforce Title 8 of the United States Code, some provisions of Title 21, Title 19 and Title 18.
Well, Doris Meissner appointed David Aguilar to the position of Chief in the Tucson Sector. Aguilar was not appointed because of any special ability to lead. Nor, does he possess any special knowledge, accomplishments or abilities except perhaps, that of token. He got and kept the chief's job simply because neither Meissner, Bach nor Bush wanted an effective person actually doing the job.
David Aguilar is quite adept at 'spinning" the truth. For example, when Rancher Roger Barnett complained of thousands of illegal aliens marching across his Arizona ranch, David Aguilar informed Roger that they are "hikers and campers"
Aguilar is adept at coining nonsense. Another example: Aguilar at frequent press conferences in Tucson always pronounced that the Tucson Border Patrol is gaining "operational control". What the hell is that? How does that differ from just having control? Of course, sprinkled into his speech are nonsensical phrases like "as we speak" and "work in progress". What happens when we are not speaking, Aguilar? Are we still making progress with our mouths closed?
Shortly after Aguilar assumed the stars of chiefdom, he attended a LULAC conference in Texas. Did that not reveal his sincerity to his sworn oath? Or, did it reveal his true allegiances?
Aguilar has done extremely well for a "Valley Boy" with a GED. (Note: "Valley Boy" is a derogatory term reserved by seasoned Border Patrol Agents to denote an agent from the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas.) It's usually not good to be referred to as a "Valley Boy." Let's just say that Valley Boys march to a different drummer.
The Bush administration appointed Aguilar to the highest post in the Border Patrol, and that is Chief of the Border Patrol in Washington, D.C.
Immediately after Aguilar assumed the position, he created a lot of new positions within the Border Patrol there and surrounded himself with sycophants. Of course, they all have to wear stars and Aguilar has to wear more stars than the others. Consequently, when you see him on T.V. or out strutting around with his entourage, his collars are weighed down with little silver stars much like General MacAuthor. Totally ostentatious and self aggrandizing.
The latest is that Aguilar has been voted a resounding "No Confidence" vote by the rank and file of the Border Patrol. This is a first in history. This is indicative of his lack of leadership and original thought. It is certainly an indication that the men (and women) in the Border Patrol think he is a dork and don't trust him.
On the 14th of this June, Aguilar held a huge four-hour meeting in Tucson with the Agents of the Tucson Border Patrol.
During this meeting Aguilar used vulgarities and attempted to silence any disagreement within the Patrol by throwing his weight around and making veiled threats to all who oppose him. Obviously this was in response to the "No Confidence" vote. Aguilar also made disparaging remarks about the physical appearance of Andy Ramirez, the leader of a group called "Friends of the Border Patrol".
I know Andy. He is a loyal American. He is engaged like the rest of us to save the nation we hold so dearly from Bush's massive giveaway to those who have sneaked into America, demanded everything and sacrificed nothing. Andy may not appear all macho like the Incredible Hulk. But Andy has been battling MS for many years and no doubt his medications have had their effects upon his body.
Good shot, David Aguilar. Your comments are a reflection upon your character or lack thereof. You should be proud of yourself, Mr. Aguilar.
At this June meeting in Tucson, Aguilar told the troops that he does not support an amnesty. Yet, Aguilar is on record when he testified before Congress that the best way to secure the borders is to "bring the aliens out of the shadows" and Aguilar stated that he is in favor of Bush's "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" package. If that's not Amnesty, what is it?
During yet another recent press conference in Washington, D.C., Aguilar stated that he must "manage the expectations of the public." What? Does that mean lying to the public? Does that mean to mince words and spin phrases to such a great degree that the public has no expectations of the Border Patrol? What exactly are you saying, Mr. Aguilar?
Next time you see a short man, wearing many stars and a green uniform before a podium and a microphone making profound statements such as, "As we speak, it is a work in progress, we are gaining operational control of the expectations of the public," just sit back and visualize good ole Baghdad Bob, and envision a beret on Aguilar's head as in the background Washington, D.C. is overrun by Mexicans, Salvadorians, Hondurans, Guatemalans and Middle Easterners. Please have a good laugh, just as I do every time I see Chief of the Border Patrol-Napoleon-General Mac Author, and Baghdad Bob all in one personage, David Aguilar.
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Dave Stoddard has lived and worked on the border all his live. He has traveled in Mexico and has friends and family there. Dave lives near the Mexican Border in Cochise County, Arizona. He speaks, reads and writes Spanish fluently.
Mr. Stoddard spent 27 years in the Border Patrol and served in Calexico, California, Vermont, Yuma, Tucson Sector Headquarters and Naco, Arizona. He also worked in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other locations.
provided testimony about immigration reform to Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner's
(R-WI) House Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims in 1999 and a Congressional
subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources in 2002.
He has also been a guest on multiple nationally broadcast Radio and television
programs, including Bill O'Reilly's "The Factor."
During yet another recent press conference in Washington, D.C., Aguilar stated the he must "manage the expectations of the public." What? Does that mean lying to the public? Does that mean to mince words and spin phrases...