"Lately it seems that Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples would rather have the Texas Department of Agriculture
become a wing of the U.S. Department of Defense than a Texas state
agency. Not long ago, Staples commissioned an $80,000 “strategic
military assessment” of the Texas border. The Ag Commissioner released
the 182-page tome, written by two retired generals, yesterday in a press
conference at the Texas Capitol. If you hadn’t heard, Staples is running for Lieutenant Governor in
2014. For the past year, the Ag Commissioner has been beating the war
drums and burnishing his border security credentials."
Melissa del Bosque on the Texas Observer website, Sept. 27, 2011.