March 17th, 2010
05:45 PM ET

Drones to patrol U.S. border with Mexico?


The MQ-9 Predator aircraft would patrol the southern border of the U.S. in order to stop the illegal entry of thousands of Mexican nationals and drug runners. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Despite a deepening crisis along the U.S. border with Mexico, our government refuses to get serious about security.

Texas Governor Rick Perry has asked the federal government for unarmed predator drones to patrol the border. It's a request he's made before, but is now renewing after three workers at the U.S. consulate in Juarez were murdered.

Perry asks: "How many Americans will have to die before our federal government takes serious action along the Texas-Mexico border?"

Chances are Texas will have to wait. Some more. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says she's considering Perry's request, but insists the government is constantly watching what's happening at the border. Watching is about the extent of it.

Napolitano also announced she's holding up funding for plans to build a virtual fence along the border. She says it's because the system of sensors and cameras has had many problems, including cost over-runs. So Napolitano wants a review to be completed first.

Exactly what we need - another review of border security. The government can continue to do nothing while drug-cartel violence along the border keeps getting worse.

Texas recently issued a warning to parents not to allow their children to go to Mexican border towns on spring break. And the State Department has put out a travel warning to delay visits to certain parts of Mexico. Maybe it's time for Americans to boycott all trips to Mexico - spend our vacation money somewhere else..

More than 4,000 people have been killed in the border city of Juarez in the last two years.

Here’s my question to you: Should drones be used to patrol the U.S. border with Mexico?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Mexico
March 17th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Time for the U.S. to get tougher with Israel?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

With diplomatic tensions rising, both the U.S. and Israel are trying to tamp down the flames. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton now insists the two allies enjoy a "close, unshakable bond."
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/17/art.jerusalem.jpg caption="Palestinian laborers work on a construction site in east Jerusalem. VP Biden has criticized Israel's decision to approve construction of 1,600 new homes for Jewish settlers in east Jerusalem."]
But when Israel announced it was going ahead with the building of more settlements over the objections of the United States and when they chose to make the announcement while Vice President Joe Biden was visiting Israel, Mrs. Clinton called Israel's actions "insulting" to the United States. Which they clearly were.

In a game of cover your whatever, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. now denies making statements that relations between the two countries are "in a crisis." But whatever state relations are in, it ain't good.

Some are suggesting it's time for the U.S. to get tougher with Israel. One Middle East expert wonders if the flare-up between the two countries means the Obama administration is seeking "regime change" in Israel.

Want to really get tough and send a message? Start cutting back on the approximately $2.5 billion in aid we give Israel every year.

In Today's New York Times, columnist Maureen Dowd quotes one Obama official, saying, "that's not how you treat your best friend," when describing Israel's recent construction announcement of 1,600 more homes in the disputed east Jerusalem.

In her piece called "Bibi's Tense Time Out," Dowd writes the White House is "appalled at Israel's self-absorption and its failure to notice that America is not only protecting Israel from Iran, fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also dealing with a miasma of horrible problems at home."

Here’s my question to you: Is it time for the U.S. to get tougher with Israel?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Israel