You probably could've seen this coming, but Governor Jan Brewer just couldn't issue a comment on the killing of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie without mentioning President Obama or his administration.
"There should be anger, too," a snippet of Brewer's statement says. "Righteous anger -- at the kind of evil that causes sorrow this deep, and at the federal failure and political stalemate that has left our border unsecured and our Border Patrol in harm's way. Four fallen agents in less than two years is the result."
For the sake of comparison, six Border Patrol agents have been killed in the line of duty nationwide over the last two years. Before that, four Border Patrol agents were killed in the line of duty nationwide in 2009, two were killed in 2008, and four were killed in 2007; the year-by-year breakdown can be found here.
And of course, there's Brewer's line about the Obama administration.
"It has been 558 days since the Obama administration declared the security of the U.S.-Mexico border 'better now than it has ever been,'" Brewer says, referring to comments made by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. "I'll remember that statement today."
Arizona Republican Party Chairman Tom Morrissey had a similar tone, saying in part, "The murder of Nicholas Ivie and our law enforcement officers is the most devastating indicator that the federal government is not only failing to protect Arizona, it is failing to protect the very lives of our law enforcement personnel."
political diatribe statement on the shooting can be found below:
"Arizona has lost another Border Patrol agent.
"In the dark hours before daybreak, one agent was killed and another injured while on-duty along Arizona's southern border. It is believed they were responding to an alerted ground sensor in a remote area near Bisbee, a short distance north of the border. In a tragic coincidence, these agents were assigned to Brian Terry Station -- newly dedicated and named for a U.S. Border Patrol agent murdered under similar circumstances in Arizona less than two years ago.
"More recently, in May 2011, we lost two more agents -- Eduardo Rojas, Jr. and Hector Clark -- when they were killed in a vehicle accident while pursuing suspected drug smugglers near Gila Bend.
"What happens next has become all-too-familiar in Arizona. Flags will be lowered in honor of the slain agent. Elected officials will vow to find those responsible. Arizonans and Americans will grieve, and they should. But this ought not only be a day of tears. There should be anger, too. Righteous anger -- at the kind of evil that causes sorrow this deep, and at the federal failure and political stalemate that has left our border unsecured and our Border Patrol in harm's way. Four fallen agents in less than two years is the result.
"It has been 558 days since the Obama administration declared the security of the U.S.-Mexico border 'better now than it has ever been.' I'll remember that statement today."
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