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With bin Laden gone, Obama should focus on border

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Michael “Winey” Weinstein can be heard every Sunday evening on The Mike&Winey Show on News Talk 92.3 KTAR from 5-7 PM. (www.mike&winey.com).

Posted: Friday, May 6, 2011 2:15 am | Updated: 4:01 pm, Sat May 7, 2011.

We will all remember where we were when we heard the news that Osama bin Laden finally faced the justice that he so richly deserved. Beyond the deep pride and satisfaction that I felt for our men and women in service who put their lives on the lines each and every day for our safety, I couldn’t help but wish to be transported to the spiritual realm where Public Enemy No. 1 learned that his 72 virgins were not to be. That would be justice.

I also felt, for the first time, a sense of pride about our president. This is the first time that I felt in his presidency that he understood the threat that faces America and understands the resources that are at his disposal.

As to be expected, many conspiracies surfaced almost immediately over the president’s handling of the situation. But let’s face it, bin Laden was killed under Obama’s watch and under his direction. He deserves the credit for showing his commitment in keeping in line with the Bush polices that eventually led to the killing of the 9/11 mastermind.

Now that Obama has shown signs of understanding the technology and resources that are afforded to the most powerful man in the free world, it’s time to focus on one of the biggest threats to our national security — the southern border.

Just about every American expects some sort of blowback over the killing of bin Laden. We don’t know where or when, but deep down in our hearts we are expecting some sort of retaliation. Yet, as a country, we still have not taken the appropriate measures to protect our nation. The southern border still remains porous with tens of thousands of illegals coming into this country each year.

The problem is that we have no idea what else and who else is coming across the border. Are there terrorists entering our country? Perhaps a dirty bomb or two? Will the blowback exceed 9/11?

Many critics have opposed the idea of building a wall across the American/Mexican border. Their position is that the use of technology to build a “virtual wall” would be more effective. The problem is we lack the evidence to support the effectiveness of this so called “virtual” wall.

It’s ironic that in the killing of bin Laden, we went “old school” on the al-Qaida leader. Bin Laden reportedly refused to equip his so-called mansion with any sources of technology such as phone lines, computers and Internet connections. He utilized the services of personal couriers to communicate with his al-Qaida network. Our intelligence community was forced to revert back to pre-Facebook days to track him and locate his whereabouts. There were no trappings of phone lines and intercepted email communications to be used against the terrorist. It was “old school” espionage.

Let’s go back to the old fashion border techniques that have worked for countries and nations for thousands of years — bricks and mortar. We have the technology and resources. Let’s finally demonstrate that we are serious about protecting our borders and keeping Americans safe and build the damn wall.

• Michael Weinstein is co-host of the “The Mike & Winey Show” heard frequently at KFYI (550 AM) and at www.kknt960.com. He can be reached at winey@mikeandwiney.com.

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