Okay, so here’s Tiffany Hartley’s story: On September 30th, she and her husband, David, were sightseeing on Falcon Lake in Texas. Things got ugly fast, though, when they crossed into Mexican waters on their jet skis to look at a church. A speedboat full of gunmen in an area that has a number of “pirating” incidents pursued them, presumably to pillage their Polaris. Her husband was shot in the head, and his body has not yet been recovered. These evil pirates held a gun on Tiffany Hartley as well, if she’s to be believed, then just randomly decided to speed off.
Oh yeah, and this is evidently Barack Obama’s fault.
Tiffany Hartley, the wife of David Hartley who was allegedly shot and killed by Mexican pirates on a border lake with Texas, is telling President Obama that it’s time to take on drug cartels.
“He should wake up and look what’s going on in our backyards,” she told the Denver Post.
Hartley says her husband’s death should be a focal point as to why the U.S. should take on these drug cartels.
“David is not the only American who has been killed, but this situation may be a turning point,” she told the paper.
The death of David Hartley is tragic, and it certainly underscores the need for this violence run amok to be addressed and remedied … but is this really a border issue?
It’s no secret that I’m very torn on the subject of illegal immigration—the mother and teacher in me always thinks of the poor children and the lengths I would go to get my own kids out of a horrible, hopeless place for the chance at a better life, no matter what the cost. However, I fail to see how David Hartley’s death, horrible as it is, should be manipulated into an anti-immigration rallying cry.
I don’t mean to sound heartless, but is it really any of President Obama’s business what is going on in Mexico? He’s not in charge of Mexico, and has no say in its policies and practices.
I can understand widow Joslyn Johnson’s point when she spoke out against the promotion of a Houston police authority after her husband was killed by an illegal immigrant recently released from prison despite an increasingly violent arrest record.
That was an issue of concern to the United States, a matter of which American officials had control over. So … Tiffany Hartley, what the hell are you asking Obama to do, invade Mexico?
The fact of the matter is, like it or not, you and your husband were in Mexico, not Texas, when he died. The violence perpetuated by drug cartels—including this recent spout of “piracy”—is a serious problem … but it’s Mexico’s problem to solve. And Tiffany Hartley’s portrayal of her husband’s shooting as a “turning point” screams, “I want media attention” to me, and I find it pretty distasteful.
If you want to debate the pros and cons of immigration, that’s one thing, but blaming the president for actions going on in another country? Does anybody think that U.S. troops going into Mexico to fuck up drug dealers is a good idea? How would the Mexican authorities feel about this?
If it were me, I’d be pretty pissed off. I mean, people get annoyed at what neighbors do “in their own backyard” all the time. If the guy who lives next door to me was dealing drugs and had cars coming and going at all hours of the night and sketchy people lurking around, it would bother me … but it would not give me the right to waltz myself over there and take a picture of the pretty birdfeeder he has hanging on a maple tree. I mean, assuming that I had knowledge of violent stuff going down over there, it would only make sense to stay the fuck away, right? [Ed. Note: Right.]
And then, of course, there’s this.
Mexican investigators say they haven’t found any evidence of an attack on David Hartley, 30, including his body or the personal watercraft he was said to be riding on Falcon Lake, The Monitor newspaper of McAllen, Texas, reported.
Hartley’s 29-year-old wife, Tiffany, told authorities the couple was taking in the sights on Jet Skis on Sept. 30 on the Mexican side of the border lake when several boats of gunmen began shooting at them, hitting her husband in the head. She said she tried to save him but then fled to safety. Authorities say the area on the Mexican side is abandoned and dangerous.
Mexican investigators questioned the account given by Hartley and the two sets of GPS coordinates they were given showing where the couple was said to have been, The Monitor reported.
“We are not sure,” Marco Antonio Guerrero Carrizales, the district attorney whose area covers Falcon Lake, told the newspaper, speaking in Spanish. “We are not certain that the incident happened the way that they are telling us.”
Anyone else think this situation is just suspicious to the max?