Michael's Dispatches

What is Your Vote?


17 November 2011

The United States faces greater threats at home than we face in Afghanistan.  The Mexican border, for instance, is being described as a war zone.  People have been warning about it for years.  Over time, I have seriously considered changing focus to the more proximate and bigger threats.

I am ready and willing to change primary focus to the home front.  This will require setting up shop and living in a place like Texas or Arizona.  Probably Texas.

I am testing the winds.  If the funding is there, it will happen.  I will move home to America and get to work.  If you are willing to support coverage on the home front, this is a situation where money talks.  If you vote “Yes, I will support it,” please annotate your vote with a note.

The bottom line question: Will you financially support this coverage?  The quality will be high.  So will the price.


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    Retnuhkle · 9 years ago
    I vote YES...you have been doing an amazing job over-seas. Come home and show the world the truth about our southern border. You have my support.
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      CB · 9 years ago
      My Military room mate lives in El Paso, (which I think is a great town) and is a wealth of knowledge re: the drug wars. I'd like to see a real expose of Op Gun Runner as well as a look into our continuing policy failures on ilegal immigration and reform. Our troops protect opium farming in AFPAK, Russians are running drugs in Mexico and the rich get richer and more Mexicans die. Wachovia made 100's of million's laundering money for the drug cartels and was fined pennies. Michael follow the money to find the culprits, they reside here. Watch your 6.

      Yes, I'll support this effort.
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    Eric · 9 years ago
    I think it's a great idea. It is destroying our country and making it rd world. And no, comments like that doesn't mean I'm a racist...
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    dfreeman · 9 years ago
    I would support you.
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    Cary Baumgartner · 9 years ago
    Yes. we wourld be happy to have you here in TX. We need to defend our border.

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    Chris Madden · 9 years ago
    I vote Yes. It's a politically incorrect story. Democrats are afraid of insulting Hispanics, so are Republicans, but the dirty truth is people south of the border will do jobs Americans won't, they'd rather stay home and collect unemployment. Of course the drug trade makes it violent. I've gone back and forth on the legalize drugs don't legalize drugs debate. If drugs are legal does the violence stop? Probably not. Bottom line our southern border is a joke and our agents charged with protecting it get prosecuted for very small infractions. Nobody in Washington cares. Our country is like Rome right before the Vandals burned it to the ground.
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    james mccune · 9 years ago
    What a noble idea. I lived in that area
    For 0 years. I know it is very danger
    pus and political. I say yes and Gods
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    Austen Lennon · 9 years ago
    As someone who has an interest in the wars that we (The British) are involved in I would prefer the foreign reporting.... but I do realise just how important it is to protect America.... I think from a very honest perspective if the contributions from foreigners, like myself, are minimal then you should do what is best for yourself. As you probably know most foreigners would donate to you for your war reporting..... and we (British) lack honest war reporting. I suspect that the foreign donations would drop off..... but that is a decision you must make.

    If America loses 'America'.... then we all will suffer...... Good luck and move to Texas... Glenn Beck is moving there and for good reason I understand.
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    Andrew Johnson · 9 years ago
    I vote Yes! Some light needs to be set on this most pressing of domestic issues.
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    Byron · 9 years ago
    I would like to see coverage of the Mexico situation but it is extremely dangerous, especially for reporters. Potentially, far more dangerous for you than being in Iraq or Afghanistan. You won't be facing a handful of rogue commanders, the corruption here goes clear to the top of the Justice Department and Eric Holder. If you choose to do this, be very careful.
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    Texas2Step · 9 years ago
    YES! Those of us who live near the border have been watching the violence grow for many years, but the national media give scant coverage to the story. Come to Texas - you'll be welcome. We need someone to provide honest, deep coverage of the scourge of the drug cartels and their wars. Nobody will do that better than you will. I have given a donation before, and I'm going to give another right now.
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      David St Lawrence · 9 years ago
      Yes! Your abilities and clear-eyed analysis are sorely needed here in the US. I have sent my donation to support your move. I will continue to donate to support it.

      We have already lost our "national identity" in some areas because of the treasonous demolishing of our borders. Our long standing immigration procedure made America one of the strongest and safest countries in the world because legal immigrants were provided with a means to assimilate our culture and become citizens. Opening the doors to illegal immigration makes a mockery of our cultural values and constitutional safeguards.

      Spotlighting those who profit from illegal immigration would take as much courage as reporting on foreign wars and would generate lasting interest as well as incoming fire. I do not feel you would be bored and your supply lines would be shorter. Come home where you are needed!
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    J · 9 years ago
    Yes, however I think you will find it a very complicated place. The ties between Mexico and the US are vast, but weak. The countries should be working together as a whole to end the violence. Infighting and bickering have brought the two countries to and understanding of mutual indifference. The Cartels should be treated as invading armies. Pushed from the US back to Mexico and with our help pushed from Mexico to lands further south. Continue to sush them as far as we can. It is much easier to defen the small borders in the Yucatan against infiltration than the large borders in the US.
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    Paul Hays · 9 years ago
    Affirmative. I am prepositioned in AZ, locked and cocked. Make your move. Semper Fi.
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    John Joe · 9 years ago
    I'd say you've done enough in Afghanistan at this stage but my feeling is you may have already overstayed your welcome. The biggest threat will not be from the Afghan's at this stage and if we can be brutally honest here I think your decision has already been made. Get out of there now before some stupid blue-on-blue takes a pot-shot at you, that's my advice.

    As for Mexico? I'd stay well away from that part of the world. The madness that exists along that border is simply not worth the air-fare. Nobody is interested in what goes on there anymore. Why? Because it's almost impossible to police. It's just a big long fence with a lot of very dangerous thugs trying to make a crust and that's about the height of it.
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      Max · 9 years ago
      come home and expose the criminal activities that are going on along the border that our government wants to "ignore".
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    Peter · 9 years ago
    As a former S.F. type, with 10th Group was out of Ft. Devens, I would like to see how you cover this. However, I would be very disappointed if you don't cover that fact that were it not for the U.S. being the foremost marketplace for drugs from Mexico, this perhaps would not be the problem it is. This situation is not, in my eyes, primarily a problem with Mexico, but one that finds its deep and seemingly intractable roots within our own country. The immigration issue I believe is a separate one entirely.
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      Michael Yon · 9 years ago
      Agreed -- immigration and the drug trade are mostly separate issues.
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    sjw54 · 9 years ago
    Not only the borders....but the Muslim Brotherhood and Islam creeping in all over this country.......the enemy is within and without......there is much here to cover.....illegal aliens and those who are here with green cards who want nothing more than to wipe out the infidels.........
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    Shri · 9 years ago
    I vote yes. And do consider AZ. We can't even go to our own natational/state parks as they are not safe even in the daylight. Not to mention all the kidnappings out my way.
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    dee · 9 years ago
    Who will tell the story of our fighting men and women in AFG? Take a break if you must but please don't desert them. The mainstream media is no better than the CINC...worthless at best.
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    Tango 1 · 9 years ago
    As much as I have appreciated and anticipated your honest and straight forward reporting on what is really happening overseas, I would love to see and hear the same type of reporting about what is happening right here in our Nations back yard. What ever decision you make, you will have our support. Stay vigilant and safe, God Bless.
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    PAT L · 9 years ago
    I think you should stay where you are at until there is more of a draw down of troops in Afghanistan. Who else will tell us what is happening with our military? We must not forget them. The major news networks do not report on out military.
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    Jeff · 9 years ago
    I would like to see you home. I wanted to say "home safe", but our border is NOT safe. Since our homeland security is just as important, and is even less truthfully reported, I would very much plead that you return to the USA!

    Thanks for all you've done, both in and out of uniform!

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    Steve · 9 years ago
    I will continue to support whichever choice you make.
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    J. Davila · 9 years ago
    I have supported you in the past and whether it is Afghan, Iraq or US/Mexico border, I will continue to support you in the future. The Alphabet channels just don't provide the type of objective coverage you do.
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    Warfighter21 · 9 years ago
    Yes, I will support it.

    Michael, you've done and continue to do outstanding work in covering our activities in both Iraq and Afghanistan. I believe the problems along our border pose a more immediate threat to the security of the U.S. and the American people, so of course I would support your efforts there, should you choose to shift focus.

    And I'm sure you'd take adequate precautions to protect and secure your home base from retribution by these narco-criminals.

    Looking forward to your next posts.
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    Rudy · 9 years ago
    Efforting radio interoperability with federal state and local officials which is key to LEO and other 1st responders along CA AZ NM & TX (thebettersmith@aol.com).
    Let me know if you are interested - comms are key to command&control.
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    Doug Gugino · 9 years ago
    I vote that I'll support - leave the decision to you (cop out, I know).
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    Cathi Luytjes · 9 years ago
    Come home, Michael. I think if we can get honest reports on what is happening at our border, people will respond with support and funding. Of course, a lot depends on your view on illegal immigration and drugs, and the people involved. Just sayin'.
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    Ed Parent · 9 years ago
    I've supported you since 2006 and will continue to do so, regardless of where you report from.
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    Bill · 9 years ago
    I believe better coverage on both sides of the border is a critical story that needs to be told. I have heard that the cartels threaten many small city governments and police forces even on the United States side of the border. Protecting our sovereignty is key, and the story must be investigated and told truthfully. Thank you for your service to our warriors in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
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    karl · 9 years ago
    Whatever you wanna do, Michael, my financial support will still be there. I've been following the news in Mexico relatively closely, so I'm thirsting for some first-hand knowledge about Mexico as much as about Afghanistan.
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    Richard · 9 years ago
    There are a lot of readers with sons and daughters in Afghanistan, and I know they deeply appreciate your 'voice in the wilderness' letting them know what things are like on the ground. However, you have already given us a clear and honest picture, and I don't think it will change much as we withdraw over the next couple of years.

    Today we have about as much credible information on US border problems as we had in Iraq and Afghanistan before you started reporting - not much.

    IMO, your investigative skills, and credibility with policy-makers, make you more valuable back home.
    That's my vote.
    (Besides, there are a lot more birds to take photos of, LOL)

    Be careful - you'll be at greater risk. You won't be embedded with professionals watching your six. There are a lot of muy malo hombres that won't think twice about offing anyone threatening their businesses -- or just for the hell of it.

    If you go, I'll up my small ante.
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    Preston · 9 years ago
    Michael, I live in Texas and would love to read your quality of reporting on the border problems. I'm also dead serious when I say that I'd worry for your personal safety much more in Mexico than in Afghanistan. There, you're one target among many. Here, your reporting could quite likely make you a target for assassination.

    All of that being said, yes I'd financially support you. I'd also buy you a drink if you were in my neck of the woods.
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    jw · 9 years ago
    i might be the only one that doesn't know what i would do. i've sent about $2500 (i don't know if that is a little or a lot as donors g so far and promised myself that i would keep sending money as long as you were reporting the war and i was alive. your reports from thailand didn't much interest me. mexico? a story that needs telling, but, truthfully, i think i would need to see a dispatch or two before i would promise long term support.

    just trying to be honest.
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    Tiptree · 9 years ago
    Somebody needs to get the truth out about our border issues. Who better than Michael Yon? Now that the drug cartels have been cooperating with terrorist organizations, the threat is much greater here at home.
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    Sean Peters · 9 years ago
    I vote YES. The violence along the border a short drive south of my ranch rivals that of Mogadishu. More importantly is somebody NEEDS to uncover the treason committed by our current administration in selling arms to the cartels. When the Holder dept. uses FFL dealers to advance their agenda and then turns around and sends in APC's and helicopters to raid said dealer when things go south (no pun intended) one has to conclude there is a cover up going on. Such stories get virtually no coverage and are strickly presented as talking points. My wife and I would support your move and would be honored to provide lodging if the need arises for you here in Southern New Mexico.
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    Scott Certain · 9 years ago

    I've followed you for a couple of years now. I've been back from the Afghan theater for 2 days. We need your coverage in both areas, but if there is a choice between the two I choose coverage on the border in the US.

    If it comes to be you might find it more dangerous than the war zones in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Thanks for what you do. Be safe.

    Sgt Scott
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    Steve A · 9 years ago
    I would support you as much as possible for a border mission. The concern stated by others about your safety from the bad guys is valid. Your indepth reporting is needed to get the proper attention to these issues, it is sadly lacking now except for a few outlets.
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    Bret · 9 years ago
    YES! As an Arizona resident have seen first hand the need for getting the truth out about what is going happening on the border.
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    susan · 9 years ago
    Yes...agree with other comments on how you have helped us know more of what has really gone on in the Middle Eastern combat zones. I will continue to support your efforts.
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    David · 9 years ago
    I contributed a small sum a few years ago. Right now I can contribute 2 bedrooms and a full bath in our home in San Antonio. If you really want to do this, I imagine all of us here can find you more money than you need.
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    Peggy · 9 years ago
    This is a tough one. Our guys need you to tell their story so they are not forgotten but at the same time there is a battle here that undermines their very sacrifice. It needs to be brought to the forefront as well. I vote yes. I will make a commitment to not forget our guys or you!
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    John Hopkinson · 9 years ago

    This is what you are staring at,Michael. I will send a few bucks when I can. I am sure you understand that rubbing a colonel's nose can cause some mild hardship. Mexico is zero tolerance, either badass or government. (Oh, is there any difference?)
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    Ian OConnell · 9 years ago
    Stay with Afghanistan and Iraq! You are one of the few who can give an accurate picture of what our (and allied) troops are doing and experiencing. Plan on the border after the misguided decision to withdraw from both countries takes place. I'm looking forward to seeing the same quality of work that you have done in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the cartels won't like it.
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    Frank · 9 years ago
    I think you will have plenty of financial support from all the grass root organizations that have popped-up over this illegal problem. Farmers and the people who live in this area are sick of Washington's BS I vote to go to the Border!
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    ckm · 9 years ago
    You need to make this call. You are needed so badly in both places. Thank you so much for what you
    are doing every day. Your messages are incredible!
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    Jaime Cancio · 9 years ago

    Last year, I suggested the same senario to you as you are now requesting support. Flip-flop, you are lowere to the level of just another low life liberal. Last year your comment held me in contempt, can you imagine how your credibility is now in question to a far greater degree than the contempt shown me when I suggested this approach. May I first suggest your research, I will make this easy on you, first the Department of Justice data and statistic departments and find out that in this year of your inactivity in excess of 25,000 Americans have been killed by illegal immigrants in the nation of the United States. Over 10,000 murders and death from torture and an additional in excess of 15,000 killed in automobile accidents involving illegal immigrants [immigrants that don't have driver's licsence and who can not read the English on road sign - and of course let's not forget the illegals who think themselves above the laws - traffic and legal.

    May I suggest you not pursue this choice in journalism and allow far better reportage by reporters 'facts' driven. And no I will not support you in this venture as I sincerely feel there are far better reporters than you that can give this subject better and accurate reportage. I will ignore your vocal support of Obama in this issue as following that would further hamper your position and credibility.
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    Paul · 9 years ago
    Michael, I have supported you to the tune of $100 per month for a long time even though I have never set it up as a recurring donation. I'm willing to continue in that manner whether you chose the US border or continue in the formal war zones. Since I live in south Texas the border issue is personally important to me and my family and friends. I do subscribe to Stratfor and feel that I get decent coverage though it does not provide the personal touches that I would expect from you. As a side note, I recall your comments on the supposed gun running from the US from a couple of years ago and suggest that you try to start with a clean slate if you chose the border assignment.
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    burbanite · 9 years ago
    To investigate the border is to investigate the government, the complicity in this is beyond belief and that story needs to get to the masses. Contact Congressman Issa as you will get absolutely NO co-operation from any of the "Law Enforcement Agencies" to get you where you would need to be as they are the ones who are perpetrating the violence and the weapon/drug smuggling. Senator Grassley is another person that I would definitely talk to.

    I would hate to lose the only real coverage of the Afghan situation but right now we are under siege here from our own. This needs to be dealt with before more people are murdered as a direct result, (hundreds so far from Operation Fast and Furious), and more of those liberties that our military are fighting for are lost to us while no-one is watching.
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    larry landers · 9 years ago
    Yes michael i will continue to support you financially if you move to the border. I live in Houston texas and you always have a free place to stay
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    Dorman Jake Jacobse · 9 years ago
    Hi Michael, you are needed in both places but the big threat to our nation is coming from the border. I try to send a few bucks every month and I will continue to do so. Just remember on our border you will have danger from our Government too, they don't want that story out. Thanks Jake
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    Lisa · 9 years ago
    Yes to home front.

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