Oh yes, I am serious about this being a multi-parter, because this speech by President Bush was not just good, it was historic. As in people will be quoting parts from this speech when they want to describe what kind of President was George Walker Bush.
This speech was a lot meatier than folks realize, and part of what I want to do here is educate the willing as to why this was a multi-dimensional presentation. First, for all the noise, a lot of people still do not realize that this issue is actually three issues in one package:
• Border Security
• Alien Entry Protocols
• Immigration Reform
Also, the debate to address these problems depends on three legs of decision:
• Strategic Course
• Functional Implementation
And, as if that were not enough, the plans must be weighed before action on the three measures of effect:
• Short Term (<10 years)
• Long Term (10+ years)
This should begin to show the complexity of the issue; even if each point I referenced had only two possible values (the classic Yes/No result), we would be looking at 54 possible conditions from it. And since the number of possible outcomes for each point is a fluid variable, the actual number of conditions approaches a high end, certainly well beyond any sense of a controlled environment. To put it bluntly, this lack of controlled outcome is one major reason so few people have been brave enough to even tackle the issue.
To be continued. Next episode – the Myth of Border Security .