GOOD QUESTION: Reader Eric McErlain emails: “Glenn — I’ve been doing just a little reading about these Texas polygamist group that was raided by Child Protective Services. I couldn’t help but notice that nobody needed to call in any armed troops to perform a search and remove those kids — a far cry from the Waco debacle. Why isn’t anybody mentioning the difference in execution between the two operations?”
UPDATE: Reader Kenneth Bennight emails: “As a life-long Texan, I caution you not to be misled by the Texas stereotype. An important difference between El Dorado and Waco is that El Dorado, insofar as I can tell, was a state operation, whereas Waco was a federal one controlled by Janet Reno. I have always believed that Reno wanted a dramatic news story. The Texas authorities here moved quietly, with the news story coming only after the deed was done.”
A dramatic news story? She got that.