Friday, December 17, 2010

Sovereignty and Priority

So, I'm trolling the news sites for blog fodder when I visit msnbc.com.  A scrolling breaking news banner gets my attention.  Apparently, Bernie Madoff's bankruptcy trustees have found some money.  Good for them.

I keep scanning the headlines, and note, about halfway down the page, it says this:

Mexican Government Drone Crashes in El Paso

??!!

Surely that does not mean what I think it means.  So, I click and read.

Let me get this right.  We are a sovereign nation, no?  On Tuesday, an unmanned surveillance drone owned and operated by another country, flew into our airspace, and then crashed.  Nobody seems to have blinked.  At least yet.

Our government, rather than addressing this as what it is--an international incident--returns the drone to the offending country.  What?!  I wonder if we apologized to Mexico for not having strong laws against gravity to prevent this sort of thing from happening.

On top of that, most of the country is only now hearing about it, two and a half days later.

Doesn't this bother anyone?  Am I overreacting?

I'm happy for Madoff's victims, but I would figure a violation of sovereign air space would be a bigger deal.

Maybe it's just me.

Never mind.  Carry on.

6 comments:

Bob S. said...

It wasn't an invasion, it just an underemployed, undocumented artificial worker trying to come to America so it can do the jobs that American drones don't want to do.

(and I think I sprained something trying to think like an ultra-liberal).

Tam said...

With both countries probably operating recon drones all along the border on drug interdiction chores, I wonder how many US drones have gone down south of the Rio Grande that we've never even heard about.

Bear in mind that the location in question is a couple blocks from the border fence. The people whose yard it landed in probably have their spent Independence Day bottle rockets landing in Mexico all the time if the wind is right.

Ed Skinner said...

I'd be willing to cut 'em a little slack if it was a Mexican LEO drone gone astray. What were the intentions of the guy with the remote control? Was the drone loaded with Meth or carrying ... lemme think now, how many illegals can you pack into a drone?

Ed Skinner said...

Here's some good pics and details of the UAV in question: http://www.israeli-weapons.com/weapons/aircraft/uav/orbiter/Orbiter.html

K. Erickson said...

It'd have be an international incident if someone had been killed or there were drugs or weapons onboard. The thing is too small to pack a person into...at least a fully assembled person. As it stands, some poor schmuck is probably doing latrine duty for life after losing that thing. Do you know how many Pesos a glorified R/C airplane costs these days? They just don't grow on marijuana and agave plants you know.

Lawyer said...

Tam: Those are good points that I did not think about. My concern is that I do not trust the government of Mexico to do what's right, even if they have the best of intentions. I also do not truste them to do what is right for us with whatever they find out. It seems to be too cozy of a relationship with a country that is hostile to so many of our freedoms. Of course, that seems to be a habit here lately anyway.