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Shhhhhh! It happens…

21 April 2019

Outside a few of the geezer-oriented right wing nut sites (here’s looking at you, “Free Republic”), not much can be said about this, though of course geezers gotta geeze.

(CNN)Two US soldiers were questioned by Mexican troops earlier this month while conducting a surveillance operation on the US side of the southern border, two US defense officials tell CNN.

America’s first line of defense.

“On April 13, 2019, at approximately 2 p.m. CDT, five to six Mexican military personnel questioned two U.S. Army soldiers who were conducting border support operations in an unmarked (Customs and Border Protection) vehicle near the southwest border in the vicinity of Clint, Texas,” US Northern Command told CNN in a statement.

“The US soldiers were appropriately in US territory” during the encounter, the statement added.

[…]

The encounter took place south of the border fence in the area but north of the Rio Grande, the officials said.

However, the officials said the river in that area consists of brush-filled and dried-out riverbed, making it “very easy” for people to be confused as to what side of the border they are on.

I sure the fighting keyboard brigades will disagree, but it appears the U.S. has ceded the territory south of LA GRAN MURALLA™ to Mexico, as surely as Mexico ceded the land between the Rio Nueces and Rio Bravo del Norte to Texas when General Santa Anna withdrew below the Rio Bravo and the Texas called it the “Treaty [sic] of Velasco”.

And, are we sure that land below the wall in Clint IS in the United States? The border river changes, the original survey was done as inexpensively as possible and mistakes were made, and it really isn’t all that well marked.

Speaking of border incidents..

Still, I do enjoy (in a twisted way) reading the comments from people who are in no shape, condition, or have the least bit of familiarity with the area to say anything useful.  “Remember the Alamo”… besides being a bit of a cliché  really has nothing to do with United States history to begin with, and besides, it’s remembered as a battle won by the Mexicans.   “Where’s General Pershing when we need him?” shows a bit more insight, though the Pershingistas forget that the only battle during the Pershing Expedition ended with U.S. troops surrendering to the Mexican Army and Pershing being ordered by President Carranza to stop all movements South, East, or West of their present position, but to start moving the one direction that was left.

I’d ask where was Abe Lincoln, who famously lost his congressional seat in 1848 for continuing to ask exactly where, as President Polk had claimed to justify the invasion and occupation (and later annexation) of northern Mexico, “American blood was spilled on American soil”.

No blood was shed, it’s not all that clear this was US territory (though we’ll cede that point for now) and nothing really happened. So… that…. is ….. that.

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