I don't think my visionary fellow letter writer who wants homecoming soldiers to police the U.S.- Mexico border has thought things through very clearly ("Put Iraq veterans to work on the U.S.-Mexico border," Oct. 26).

Soldiers are trained to kill bad guys, not do what the border patrol does now, which is apprehending non-citizens, perhaps rehydrating them and then sending them home with as little fuss as possible.

He mentions that the U.S. military could be charged with stemming the flow of drugs as well as illegal immigrants. That implies either shooting first and asking questions later or else being able to distinguish between bad guys and good guys.

Hmm. Can anyone think of a country where there is a mixture of bad guys and good guys who are hard to tell apart, along with desert terrain and a drugs-and-violence problem we haven't had much luck figuring out? (Hint: It's not Mexico.)

If the U.S. military were authorized to shoot border-crossing Hispanics, we really would have to consider using drones. They are much cheaper than paying and housing troops on the ground or even Herman Cain's plan to electrify the entire border.

True, drones aren't very good at discriminating between bad guys and good guys. But we use them all the time in Afghanistan and Pakistan and no one seems to mind.

Paul R. Schlitz Jr., Baltimore