Na­tional se­cu­rity

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Re: July 11 ar­ti­cle “Vigil in the dark hours.”

Sec­re­tary of De­fense Robert Gates states, “The ac­tual phys­i­cal threat to Amer­i­cans to­day from abroad, in re­al­ity, is worse than it was in the Cold War. All you have to do is look at the re­peated at­tempts to set off bombs in pop­u­lated places.”

Gates has the re­spon­si­bil­ity of be­ing the prin­ci­pal de­fense pol­icy ad­viser to Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and to ex­e­cute ap­proved de­fense pol­icy de­ci­sions.

So how does the ter­ror­ist with a weapon of mass de­struc­tion get into our coun­try? Through our open bor­ders, of course. Our com­man­der-in-chief sup­ports the open-door pol­icy and is try­ing to sup­press those at­tempt­ing to se­cure our bor­ders.

Gates is ei­ther not in­form­ing Obama of im­mi­nent dis­as­ter, or he is just an­other pup­pet on his knee. GENE SWAN­BERG

Pflugerville Edi­tor’s note: ac­cord­ing to an as­so­ci­ated Press re­port pub­lished in June, the U.S.-Mex­ico border is ‘more for­ti­fied now than it was five years ago. Far more agents pa­trol it; more fences, bar­ri­ers and technology pro­tect it; and tax­pay­ers are spend­ing bil­lions of dol­lars more to re­in­force it.’

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