Thursday, March 15, 2007

George W. Picking the Wrong Battle at Home

Rep. William Delahunt (D-Mass.), chairman of a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee, has now granted a request to hold hearings to determine if the prosecutions of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean were influenced by pressure on the Bush administration from the Mexican government. Rep. Dana Rohrbacher (R-California) made the request after Bush Administration officials, particularly Homeland Security's Richard Skinner, admitted to falsifying and withholding evidence in order to obtain the convictions of Ramos and Compean.

One doesn't have to look hard to figure out where Mexican President Calderon stands on the issue. During President Bush’s recent meetings in Mexico Calderon criticised Bush for not pushing hard enough for immigration reform for illegal Mexicans (meaning amnesty).

This can only be a loser for Bush. Continuing to stand behind Sutton, Skinner and others with the current public outcry will do nothing but add fuel to the anti-Bush fire. President Bush's supporters in Congress are even turning on him over this issue and demanding the administration be investigated. When the President loses the support of his conservative Republican base, he will have nothing left. It is foolish to take that risk over an issue such as this.

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