Brad Sherman: Leave no soldier behind (in Mexico) – no exceptions.
October 1, 2014
Has the focus on immigration reform and the issue of a culture of corruption, been upstaged by Brad Sherman’s non-support of House Res 620?
House Resolution 620 Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Government of Mexico should immediately release United States Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi and provide for his swift return to the United States so that Sgt. Tahmooressi can receive the proper care for his medical condition.
There is a nationwide call for Brad Sherman to support HR620.
Trending on twitter are #BringBackOurMarine #MarineHeldInMexico with the @BradSherman twitter handle because of his position as senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and HIS ABSENCE OF OPINION OR SUPPORT OF HR620.
Congressman Brad Sherman has co-sponsored more bills during his ninth term of office than he did during any of his other terms. However, the ubiquitous bill-buddy for the 113th Congress is visibly absent from any comment or co-sponsorship of HR620. As of September 28, 2014, there are 81 co-sponsors of the resolution. VISIBLY ABSENT IS BRAD SHERMAN.
The bill is scheduled to a hearing by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on the Western Hemisphere. A Live Video feed of the hearing, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST, on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, by the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, is viewable here: http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/hearing/subcommittee-hearing-sergeant-andrew-tahmooressi-our-marine-mexican-custody.
Consider the words below from the June 4th article by Reuters journalist, Charles J. Dunlap Jr, when discussing Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s exchange and return. How quickly we forget. And yet why wouldn’t these words apply equally to Sgt. Tahmooressi being imprisoned in Mexico?
The principle of leaving no one behind — no matter the cost — is deeply embedded in the U.S. military. Those in uniform believe that no stone will be left unturned to get them home if they fall into enemy hands.
But everyone who wears the uniform deserves to have any accounting done by Americans on American terms. In fact, accountability in the military is so important that it alone is sufficient cause to aggressively engineer his return. In any event, we don’t punish miscreants by leaving them with the enemy.
Is it because Mexico is not regarded as an enemy that we have chosen to ignore Tahmooressi’s plight? Or what about the fact Governor Brown, of California, chose to invite President Nieto, of Mexico, into the halls and chambers of Sacramento? Yet no evidence indicates Tahmooressi was in any part of the conversation. Meanwhile, trade deals were signed and negotiated by Governor Brown and President Nieto, despite a void of Constitutional authority to do so and a disclaimer they were non-binding. Therefore, no ability to enforce or no point to leverage a return of the American Soldier.