1) What precisely is it that the military can do that the Border Patrol cannot do to protect the border?
2) It has been five years since 9/11–why doesn’t the Border Patrol have the capability to do it?
Actually, the President’s speech demonstrates the perfection of Sir Humphrey Appleby’s syllgism on political crisis decision-making:
1) We must do something.
2) This is something.
3) Therefore, we must do this.