Where's the consistency?

The Fresno BeeJuly 9, 2014 

I read various articles of Americans getting into trouble abroad and there seems to be no consistency in how our administration deals with them.

For example, a U.S. Marine gets arrested by Mexican police after accidentally crossing the border with guns that he apparently legally owned. He is left to rot in a Mexican prison. Our administration tells his parents that his trial or consideration for release must go through the Mexican government process.

A 15-year-old American of Arabic descent goes to Palestine and participates in protests against Israeli police, gets injured and our administration immediately asks Israel for a "speedy and transparent investigation" into the situation.

Why didn't President Obama ask the Mexican ambassador for the same consideration of a Marine in a Mexican prison. Is it because he was carrying guns? It seems we no longer have any consistency in our foreign policy and American citizens have no assurances of protections abroad.

Steven Rodriguez


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