Before Trump has even taken office, Mexico’s ambassador to the United States is pushing back. Carlos Manuel Sada Solana recently declared his country “is not paying for the wall” and instead, incredibly, called for Congress to pass Amnesty legislation [Ambassador: ‘Mexico is not paying for the wall,’ by Jessie Hellmann, The Hill, December 1, 2016]. South of the border, legislation has already been introduced to prevent Mexico from contributing any money towards the project, and Mexican analysts are whining that The Wall would hurt everything from Mexican security to its environment [Mexico Proposes Legislation To Counter Border Wall Expansion, by Lorne Matalon, Fronteras, December 27, 2016].
Of course, especially given Mexico’s already-collapsing security situation and spiraling cartel violence, building The Wall is in the best interests of both nations [The Texas border lake where Mexican cartels ‘are killing unwitting American tourists,’ by Hannah Parry, Daily Mail, December 27, 2016].
And ultimately, America does not need Mexico’s permission to make them pay for it.
However, Trump will need skillful, knowledgeable and committed allies in key positions if he is to fulfill his stated plans. And one of the most important will be who becomes Solana’s counterpart as the American ambassador to Mexico.
Most of the rumored candidates are not promising from a patriot perspective.
Worst of all, Zapanta is already on record saying Trump doesn’t literally intend to dismantle NAFTA or Obamacare and isn’t actually going to build the wall. Instead, he says it will be a “smart wall” and American efforts should be spent on “providing economic opportunity” in Mexico so people stop coming [Trump’s potential ambassador to Mexico: Renegotiate NAFTA? ‘Don’t go for the whole enchilada,’ by Jill Cowan, Dallas News, November 12, 2016]. Everyone who wants to cross the border for “business purposes,” he smirks, should do so.
Of course, if we aren’t allowed to control our borders until Mexico (already a rich nation by global standards) equals the American level of prosperity, then we might as well just become part of Mexico now and get it over with.
If Zapanta becomes ambassador, we can count on him putting the interests of Mexico (and the American Cheap Labor lobby) ahead of our own national interest.
There is no way to reconcile a vow to Drain the Swamp with the reemergence of this noxious, anti-American Affirmative Action hack.
Any of these choices would be a signal of impending betrayal. They are especially ominous given Trump’s recent meeting with Carlos Slim, celebrated by the Main Stream Media as “a possible thawing between Trump and Mexico’s business and political elite, which he had used relentlessly as a foil throughout his campaign”. [Trump meets with Carlos Slim as Mexican leaders seek better relations, by Philip Rucker, Robert Costa, and Joshua Partlow, Washington Post, December 19, 2016]
However, among the rumored names there is one sign of hope.
More importantly, despite widespread contacts in Mexico, Neugebauer has explicitly backed Trump’s border security measures.
[H]e supports building a wall and wants a strong US-Mexico border.In general, there are reasons for both optimism and pessimism in Donald Trump’s selections thus far. The presence of men like Stephen Miller and Jeff Sessions in important roles must cheer patriots.
“I get border security,” he said, adding that tougher immigration controls are needed to clamp down on the Mexican drug trade and sex trafficking of young girls into the States.
[GOP lawmaker’s billionaire son favorite for Mexico ambassador, by Isabel Vincent, New York Post, December 18, 2016]
But a few good men will not be enough. Ultimately, if Trump is to accomplish any of his promises, he is going to have to fight a long war with the bureaucracy and business communities who are profiting from the status quo.
Whoever Trump selects for Ambassador to Mexico will be critical. The new ambassador must be tough enough to stand up to the Mexican elite, loyal enough to back Trump against the smears of the MSM, and knowledgeable enough to know how to apply pressure.
Of the names being circulated, only Neugebauer seems to come close.
Of course, if Trump names instead an Open Borders lobbyist or Bush lackey like Gonzales, it doesn’t necessarily mean final betrayal. We shouldn’t panic no matter what happens. Trump ultimately sets the policy.
But if Trump appoints someone to this critical post who sees their job as protecting Mexico from Trump, as many of the names being circulated do, it drastically reduces the chance President Trump will be able to accomplish his agenda. Instead of Trump serving as the turning point for the Historic American Nation, he might be just another Republican who broke his promises.
And we wouldn’t even get the wall to show for it.
James Kirkpatrick [Email him] is a Beltway veteran and a refugee from Conservatism Inc.