Long overdue, but good news.
President Bush has finally done the right thing and commuted the sentences of former Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.
These men, as many of you doubtless will remember, were sent to prison for shooting a veteran drug smuggler in the ass when he resisted arrest and allegedly making false statements about what happened out there in the desert.
Ironically, that smuggler, Osvaldo Davila, was so repentant after this incident (for which he was not charged in return for his testimony against the agents) that he was caught smuggling half-ton loads of marijuana into our country on two more occasions! His no-good butt is finally in a US prison where it belongs, and for US Attorney Johnny Sutton to send agents into Mexico to find this scumbag and offer him immunity and a pass allowing him unrestricted border crossings into America, ostensibly for medical treatment, just so that he'd help nail two guys who were just doing their jobs and protecting America from Davila and other like him...well it boggles the mind.
Now this wasn't a full pardon. I have long argued that they should have been granted pardons. If I get to be President some day, they'll get pardons. (I'll also change the laws to allow our Border Protection forces to shoot ANY illegal border-crossers in the ass, but that's for another post.) But these guys should have got pardons, and they should have come two years ago, before they were even sent to prison for ridiculous terms. Where I come from, you don't crucify guys for doing a dirty, thankless and dangerous job just because they arguably make a minor mistake.
Kudos to President Bush for finally taking some action. His legacy would have been forever diminished in my opinion had he not done so. Granted, had he done the right thing two years ago, I'd have been lauding him ever since. As it was, much of my refusal to get involved in this past election to help McCain came from my disgust over his ignoring this matter. (The rest came from my disgust over McCain, but we can go there another time, too.)
Welcome home, my brothers. I know that it's too little, too late, but at least you're free.
And as to US Attorney Johnny Sutton... Well I don't usually resort to gutter talk, but in your case, it's appropriate: "Fuck you, you fucking fuck!"