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Marooned In Mexico

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Ion Perdicaris, a Greek-American, was kidnapped in 1904 in Tangier by Mulai Ahmed er Raisuli and held for $70,000 ransom. Outraged, President Theodore Roosevelt sent warships and Marines to Morocco, along with a message: “This government wants Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead.” Perdicaris was freed.

Today, not one, but hundreds of Americans rot in Mexican jails. The State Department stopped reporting numbers years ago, but in 1998 CNN reported 400 U.S. citizens were imprisoned in Mexico, more than in any other nation. The Obama administration response is to create “Beyond Merida,” an aid program with appropriations that totaled $1.3 billion by 2010. In exchange for this ransom, how many Americans held without trial have been freed? None.

Consider the dangers if you are foolish enough to visit Mexico.

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  1. Buffalobob

    December 26th, 2012

    I read an article the other day about some nitwit college class that threatened to cancel their spring break to Mexico unless the x marine was released. So now they can go knowing that all is well in paradise. Go to Mexico, risk your life.

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  2. Stirrin the B.S.

    December 26th, 2012

    The Obama administration’s response? Throw a chunk of money at the symptom and then schedule a tee time.

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  3. OpenTheDoor

    December 26th, 2012

    Hell, even my Mexican friends won’t go home anymore.

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  4. Stranded in Sonoma

    December 26th, 2012

    If you visit Meh-hee-ko, you had better look Latino, have a Spanish name, speak Spanish have a fake Meh-hee-kan ID and hide your U.S. passport.

    The only way I’m going to Meh-hee-ko is at the head of the conquering army.

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  5. Tim

    December 26th, 2012

    Teddy was a progressive, but he had balls.

    BO’s a socialist, and he has no balls.

    We should adopt the stance of Rome – any assault upon a citizen is considered an act of war.

    Course, that would require balls, and some sort of affinity for the United States of America.

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  6. Moe Tom

    December 26th, 2012

    Trucks and trains disappear in Mexico. Send Piers Morgan to Mexico. England and the U.S. don’t want him.

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