Obama Left this Marine for Dead – But Now He’s Coming Back to the States
When President Obama secured the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a soldier accused of abandoning his post, he said, “Sergeant Bergdahl’s recovery is a reminder of America’s unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind…” That release entailed the exchange of five dangerous Taliban fighters, and remains controversial. But when Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi was trapped in Mexico, the victim of a questionable arrest, the President apparently abandoned him to his fate. Now, after months in a Mexican jail, Tahmooressi has finally arrived back in the U.S., no thanks to the Obama administration.
Sgt. Tahmooressi had moved to San Diego to receive treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder incurred in combat. On March 31, 2014 he accidentally strayed across the border into Mexico. In his car were three loaded weapons, legal for him to carry in the United States, but against the law in Mexico.
Over the months of his incarceration, his condition rapidly deteriorated, and he became suicidal. Throughout the ordeal, his mother and his friends implored the Mexican authorities for mercy, and reached out to representatives in Washington. Late Friday, a Mexican federal judge ordered him to be released.
Fox News reports the family issued the following statement: “It is with an overwhelming and humbling feeling of relief that we confirm that Andrew was released today after spending 214 days in a Mexican jail.”
Congressman Duncan Hunter of San Diego has been working behind the scenes with other congressional representatives to secure the release of Tahmooressi. Hunter, himself a Marine combat veteran, says that as far as he knows, the President had not made a single phone call on behalf of the imprisoned Marine, nor had he spoken to St. Tahmooressi’s mother.
California Congressman Ed Royce, head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told a reporter,
I am pleased that both Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam and the judge on the case recognize that Sgt. Tahmooressi did not intend to violate Mexican law, and that his combat-related PTSD should be treated by specialists in the United States.
Fox News reports:
His release comes after a lengthy, closed trial and a Congressional hearing in September highly critical of Obama Administration efforts to secure his release and Mexico’s refusal to let him go. Tahmooressi said he made an innocent mistake the evening he crossed into Tijuana with three weapons in his truck on March 31.
While his defense rested its case several weeks ago, Tahmooressi’s release came only after a strong diplomatic push from former Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico and Reps. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Matt Salmon (R-AZ). Speaking by phone on his way to board a plane with Tahmooressi, Richardson said the trio, along with talk show host Montel Williams, met with Mexico’s Attorney General and Ambassador to the US, advocating for his liberation.