Chertoff Disparaged Idea of Sending Troops to Border
Posted on May 16, 2006
Six months ago, Bush’s Homeland Security chief said this about stationing National Guard troops on the Mexico border: “I think it would be a horribly over-expensive and very difficult way to manage this problem.”
On the occasion of President Bush’s announcement he will post the National Guard along the southern U.S. border, CQ’s Patrick Yoest finds this gem—DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff pooh-poohing the idea less than six months earlier on the O’Reilly Factor:
“Why don’t you put the National Guard on the border to back up the border patrol and stop the bleeding, and then start to increase the Border Patrol, the high-tech and all of that?” O?Reilly asked. . . .