Ron DeSantis likens border enforcement to war against al-Qaida

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'Can you positively identify somebody as hostile through either hostile action or hostile intent?'

Ron DeSantis is confident that the U.S. military will be able to tell which Mexican border crossers are hostile and which are not.

During a Wednesday interview with ABC News, the Florida Governor and Republican presidential candidate drew on his experience in the Global War on Terror to explain how he would direct American fighting forces to crack down on people illegally crossing the Mexican border.

“I served in Iraq back in the day. The al-Qaida didn’t wear uniforms. You know, the typical Arab male had the man dress on,” DeSantis said. “You didn’t know if they had a bomb strapped to them or not; they carry around AK47s, normal civilians would.”

“So, you had to make a determination. Can you positively identify somebody as hostile through either hostile action or hostile intent? And then you do it the same way anyone would do that, even in the United States,” DeSantis added. “So, you will do that. We’ll be collecting intelligence.”

These comments are the Governor’s latest attempt to explain the legality beyond his proposed escalation of border control tactics.

During an interview earlier this month on the Fox News Channel’s “America Reports,” DeSantis suggested certain border crossers could be deemed members of a “transnational criminal organization” or a terror group if he becomes President.

“I think we have Article 2 authority to be able to hold the cartels accountable, and we will designate them as a foreign terrorist organization, transnational criminal organization,” DeSantis said.

“There’s different designations. We’ll do the one that gives us the best authority and makes the most sense in terms of holding them accountable.”

The Governor’s justification for these moves would be that his team views the immigrants crossing the border “more as a military and as an invasion,” thus justifying the enhanced designations.

DeSantis hasn’t been shy about believing that people crossing the border can be seen as enemy combatants. Earlier this week, he made the case that a few killings of border crossers ascertained to have “hostile intent” would send a message to others crossing into American territory.

“When somebody’s got a backpack on, and they’re breaking through the wall, you know, that’s hostile intent, and you have every right to take action under those circumstances. And guess what? You do that a few times; the times are a-changin’, they will have to respond to that,” DeSantis said during a Tuesday night appearance on the CBS Evening News.

DeSantis noted during the CBS interview that not all border crossers will be presumed to be members of drug cartels.

“I mean, if they’re trying to break through the wall, we will have deadly force authorized to be able to stop that,” DeSantis said. “Cartel members, I mean, you have to identify them as being hostile. I mean, if there’s, if there’s a woman with a baby, they’re not a cartel member, there’s not going to be authorization to just shoot somebody like that.”

During a recent “tele-town hall” with supporters, he said the American government is “entitled” to render at least some illegal crossers “stone cold dead.” That’s a threat he has made before, of course.

“Some of the things that we’ve already highlighted as part of our agenda, our border policy, I’m the only one that’s willing to send the military to the border and to use deadly force against the Mexican drug cartels,” DeSantis said. “We’re entitled to do it. They’re killing tens of thousands of our fellow Americans.”

“And so, our message for the Mexican cartels is if you break into our country and you try to run drugs when I’m President, it would be the last thing you do because you’re going to end up stone-cold dead at the border,” DeSantis added.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Debra Hughes

    September 20, 2023 at 8:06 pm

    He should put agents in the airports as well that is where the smart people bring in the drugs.

  • My Take

    September 20, 2023 at 8:32 pm

    Think pf ALL those Korean civilians machinegunned at that bridge, because some MIGHT be have worked for Kim Il Sung.

  • Crime Capital Capitol

    September 20, 2023 at 8:41 pm

    Well he certainly stopped illegal cocaine, meth and weed from getting in Florida

  • Earl Pitts "Political Genious" American

    September 20, 2023 at 8:44 pm

    Relax your sphinchters America,
    Sure it will take “The Ronald” a minute to clean up all the border related mess left by the previous Biden Puppett Administration. And we may likely never know who to blame for the border mess because Biden or Harris are clearly not capable of governance at even an elementary level.
    However as I told you above America, relax your sphincters, there is no need to walk around funny and weird all day because your sphincters are all puckered up with border worry.
    As I’ve taught you all, “If Ron Says He Will Fix It Then Ron Will Fix It”.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts “Everyone’s Besty” American
    *Free Bumper Sticker*

    • Earl Putz

      September 21, 2023 at 8:54 am

      President Biden is your tenant; he lives in your head, rent-free.

      • Earl Pitts American

        September 21, 2023 at 9:48 am

        Thank you for your wackey, non-senseical, off-the-wall leftist slanted comment which further endears me, Earl Pitts American, to the readership of our benelovant on line host F. P.
        Fun Fact:
        92% of the readership responded that they are very interested in what Earl will say next in his never ending good against evil battles with the dreaded Dook For Brainer Villans which are the root of all evil.
        Keep those comments coming and thank you,

    • JD

      September 21, 2023 at 10:14 am

      Again EarL (with a big L for “loser”) Your boy keeps dropping in the polls Shitts. All that sage advice you have doesn’t seem to be working.

      Stick to your lane buddy and go get some of that dry cornbread you like to make. Again, maybe you can get a job as a radio character. Lord knows you have the face for it.

    • Earl Pitts is a Pedophile

      September 21, 2023 at 3:34 pm


      Is that what you told your child victims before you molested them, Earl?

      We all know you’re a convicted pedophile. We’ve all seen your record.

  • ScienceBLVR

    September 20, 2023 at 9:02 pm

    The al-Qaida didn’t wear uniforms. You know, the typical Arab male had the man dress on,” DeSantis said. “You didn’t know if they had a bomb strapped to them or not; they carry around AK47s, normal civilians would.”
    The “Man dress” ?? OMG!
    Come on, Boys, if you would only QUIT wearing those Man Dresses, the world would surely be a much better place. Just say No to the dress!

    • Earl Pitts "Spinchter Dr." AMERICAN

      September 21, 2023 at 7:30 am

      Good mornting SciFi,
      Please re-read my sphinchter relaxing instructions above to our Great Nation.
      It appears, SciFi, that yours got stuck somehow on full-lock pucker. You should try re-reading the section of my informative post above about The Ronald fixing the border crisis and practice regulated breathing before you ask your wife for any painfull dilation therapy.
      Thank you SciFi again you can relax as The Ronald’s got this. I am sorry for what you had to fret and worry yourself silly about durring the Biden Puppet Administration. Please remenber to vote for “The Ronald” tp avoid another painfull rear end lock-up situation it just makes sense SciFi.

      • Earl Pitts is a Pedophile

        September 21, 2023 at 3:37 pm

        Sphichter Dr is a fitting title for somebody who has been convicted of raping & molesting children.

        Is that what you tell your victims before raping them, Earl?
        That you’re just a Sphichter Dr?

  • My Take

    September 20, 2023 at 11:28 pm

    How the topical aspects of DeSScumtis’s campàign are planned.
    1. Obviously there are the local or regional aspects of wherever he is visiting (e,g., “I’m for farming.”
    2. But there are all the other shallow kneejerk positions. I think his minions go to redneck up to working-class and lower-management (e.g., runs a used car lot) local bars and asks the bartenders what he/she mostly hear griping about and the proposed solutions. And Ŕhonda targets them.

  • Y’all Qaeda

    September 21, 2023 at 8:53 am

    Y’all Qaeda vs Al Qaeda


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