Mexico`s Meltdown Coming Here—Unless Washington Acts


Thousands of America`s expensively-trained troops are



fighting overseas
.
But what about the



war right next door?


Official Washington puts on a happy face about Mexico,
because Mexicans become miffed if Uncle Sucker speaks
ill of them. But recently Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton



let slip

that Mexico`s drug crime is
"
looking
more and more like



Colombia

looked 20 years ago"
—an
indication that t
he
Administration is not as sanguine about the Mexico
meltdown as it pretends.


Another indicator of Washington concern: this recent
story about an uptick in military links:




U.S. military helping Mexican troops battle drug cartels
,
By Mary Beth Sheridan,
Washington Post,
November 10, 2010


"The U.S. military has begun to work closely with
Mexico`s armed forces, sharing information and training
soldiers in an expanding effort to help that country
battle its violent drug cartels, according to U.S. and
Mexican officials.


U.S. military officials have been hesitant to discuss
publicly their growing ties with Mexico, for fear of
triggering a backlash among a Mexican public wary of
interference. But current and former officials say the
U.S. military has instructed hundreds of Mexican
officers in the past two years in subjects such as how
to plan military operations, use intelligence to hunt
traffickers and observe human rights.


"The Pentagon`s counternarcotics funding for Mexico has
nearly tripled, from $12.2 million in 2008 to more than
$34 million in 2010, according to estimates by the
Government Accountability Office. While that is a small
fraction of the Mexican anti-drug money provided by the
State Department, the funding is significant because of
the



history of chilly relations between the two militaries
."


Curious: the Pentagon is concerned with Mexican public
opinion—but not about Americans` reaction to increased
involvement with our narco-state neighbor.


The new class of Congressional budget cutters should ask
why any
taxpayer`s money is being spent on Mexico`s internal
affairs. The fact that the Pentagon has
"counternarcotics
funding"
for Mexico in the tens of millions of
dollars is outrageous—but the



State Department funnels a lot more money south
,
and amounts are not public knowledge.


As I have pointed out for years,



Mexico is rich
.
Its national grubby paw is always outstretched north for
handouts, but it doesn`t need charity.



Mexico`s national GDP is consistently among the top 15
in the world
.
Of course, the country does have huge numbers of very
poor people. But




"Mexico`s elites live like maharajas"

as William and Mary



Professor George Grayson

told the late lamented Lou Dobbs a couple of years ago.)


Mexico`s leaders like to affect poverty to mau-mau
ignorant American politicians, like President George W.
Bush who



promised $1.4 billion in a secretly negotiated aid
package

(aka the Merida Initiative) just because Presidente
Calderon asked for it.


In fact, U.S. government honchos were dropping large
hints last spring that



military
"assistance"
was already going on

with training and



embedding intelligence agents

with Mexican units.


But does America really want to train Mexican soldiers
to a high level of military expertise? It did not turn
out so well the last time: a number of elite Mexican
soldiers were trained at



Fort Benning

in Special Forces techniques, but



defected to become the extra-tough Zetas

as enforcers for the Gulf cartel. They became their own
drug gang earlier this year. [See




Drug wars` long shadow
,
By Jason Trahan, Ernesto Londoño and Alfredo Corchado,
Dallas Morning
News
, December 13, 2005]


Why not just put American



troops on the border

in serious numbers? Keeping the Mexicans out would be a
more sensible strategy than sticking our overworked
military in the crack house next door. We should use our
troops for something useful, i.e.



defending American land and people from invasion
,
as the Constitution directs.


For make no mistake: Mexico`s civil war is definitely
getting worse. The body count is increasing year by
year, despite Presidente Calderon`s best efforts.



More than 28,000 have died

in drug-related violence in the years since Calderon
declared war on the cartels.



Sixty-six Mexican journalists have been murdered

during the past five years, and the country has been


one of the most dangerous places

on earth for reporters. Every week brings a new report
of government officials murdered, from local police
chiefs to the occasional higher-ups, like the



former governor of Colima who was recently gunned down

in front of his home. Mexico City recently



warned expats returning for the holidays

to travel in convoys and during daylight hours—for their
safety.


It appears that Mexican organized crime is taking
correspondence courses from Islamic jihadists. Who knew
the



gangsters needed any further inspiration
?
A recent Google search for




"Mexico behead"

got over four million results.



Narco gang decapitations

didn`t exist before 2006, but now are common sign of
who`s in charge. A car bomb last summer



looked a lot like a Hezbollah job
.
Some observers, like Rep. Sue Myrick, think there might
be more than just style involved. (See




Myrick: Hezbollah Car Bombs On Our Southern Border
,
September 2, 2010 on the Representative`s website.)


After all, jihadist and Mexican drug thugs share a
mutual interest in breaching the border. The cartels`
smuggling infrastructure offers a helpful onramp for
Islamic killers.


And Secretary Clinton used the right word: insurgency.



The cartels have moved into direct control of territory
,
displacing normal government with a terrorist flourish.
It makes their job easier, plus the gangs are imposing
tax-like fees on residents and generally working their
will.


We in the United States are now at the long-feared point
of Mexico`s violence
"spilling over".
Americans are being killed—like Arizona rancher



Rob Krentz

on his own land, and



David Hartley

as he jet-skied with his wife on Falcon Lake on the
Texas border. The feds warn us by



official signage that large tracts of US parkland

in Arizona are no longer safe for citizens because of
Mexican criminal incursion. How long will it be until
border-area ranchers are told that their safety can no
longer be even minimally assured by the government—just
as the



Border Patrol has reportedly been removed

from some particularly dangerous areas?


General Barry McCaffrey, formerly President Clinton`s



drug

czar,



warned in 2008
:


"A failure by the Mexican political system to curtail
lawlessness and violence could result of a surge of
millions of refugees crossing the US border…"


Not a pretty prospect—
"temporary"
residents

are never sent
home from America.


This September, McCaffrey delivered another tough
message at the Harvard`s Kennedy Center:


"What`s going on inside Mexico? A couple comments. 
One is both in the US governments, which tends to
downplay the level of violence and its importance to us,
as well as Mexico, there`s sort of an implication: 
I saw a bunch of figures floating around that
Mexico`s crime rate is miniscule compared to many other
places; compared to




Baltimore

and Venezuela, and the murder rate was actually much
lower.  That
is sheer nonsense. 
That`s like an argument



that 3,000 people murdered

during



9/11

is background noise compared to the 15 to 25,000 people
murdered per year in gun related violence in the United
States. 
Whoever heard of …



72 immigrants would be bound and murdered for sheer
caprice
. 
Whoever heard of squad-sized units of soldiers or
police being abducted and tortured to death,




behead

and have their heads thrown into a police station. 
Whoever heard of seizing on an annual rate as
many automatic weapons as there are in a US army
division, thousands of



military hand grenades and RPG
s
and heavy machine guns and Mark 19 grade machine guns;
the level of violence is unbelievable."


General Barry McCaffrey:




Much at stake for US in Mexico`s battle against deadly
drug cartels
,
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs,
September 30, 2010


Mexico`s propaganda is that America`s Second Amendment
is at fault for narco-violence.



Presidente Calderon uses the idea like a club

to guilt-trip US politicians. Obama and his gun-grabber
pals are happy to blame



American firearms rights

for Mexican difficulties. But Fox News debunked this
last year:




The Myth of 90 Percent: Only a Small Fraction of Guns in
Mexico Come From U.S.

In fact, only 17 percent of guns found at Mexican crime
scenes have been traced to the U.S. And you can`t buy
machine guns, grenade launchers and hand grenades in
American gun stores.


But if drugs and guns were the problem instead of



Mexico`s cultural propensity

for



crime

and



violence
—as
shown by the



widespread fondness for Saint Death
,
aka Santa Muerte—then California`s Mendocino County and
other big pot growing areas would be free-fire zones
too. But they are not.


Incredibly, with all these escalating dangers, President
Obama appears to have decided the week before
Thanksgiving to remove most of the National Guard troops
(
a
mere 1200
)
he sent to the border with such fanfare in August,
although they became fully



operational only in September
:


"The Obama Administration plans to




withdraw National Guard troops

from the Texas, New Mexico and California borders by the
end February under a new Southwest security plan, even
as turmoil in Mexican border cities grows…


“`It`s apparently a plan the Obama administration
believes will save money. We don`t need fewer National
Guard we need more. We need to pass the Border National
Guard Border enforcement act that would put 10,000
National Guard on the border,` [Congressman Ted] Poe
said."




Obama administration plans to pull back National Guard
from much of the border
,
by Sara A. Carter,
Washington Examiner
, November 19, 2010


Is the policy change a rare instance of budgetary
restraint from the President, as Rep. Poe speculated?
Maybe—but Obama doesn`t mind spending endless billions
on foreign wars.


Maybe Obama never got the memo that border security is
national security. Or maybe his loony leftist pacifism
really is off the charts, and pedestrian ideas like
sovereignty are below his lofty One-Worlder agenda. The
election is over, so why should he pretend to defend the
border?


This is the reality: Mexico is a failing state. Its
central government does not control its national
territory and its efforts to defeat the criminal
insurgencies aren`t working.


Washington operates as if Mexico were a friend. It is
not.



Presidente Calderon has disrespected American
sovereignty

in every way that he can without endangering the US
taxpayer-funded gravy train.


Pretending that there is no



war next door creeping north

is not a way to run a foreign policy. Our best hope
today lies in the



new pro-borders Congress

pushing enforcement-only measures.



Rewarding lawbreakers

and allowing a permeable border with Mexico are not
acceptable.


The



National Guard Border Enforcement Act

recommended by Congressman Poe sounds like a start,
although a



real military presence

(with big



loaded guns
)
designed to keep invaders
out is what`s
needed. I


It`s time for Washington to stop being the globalist



World Police

and get back to its fundamental duty:



defending

the sovereignty and security of these United States.



Brenda Walker (
email
her) lives in Northern California and publishes two
websites,



LimitsToGrowth.org

and



ImmigrationsHumanCost.org
.
She hopes Obama can be retired to a cushy job at the
United Nations in 2012. Being President of the United
States is just too small a job for someone of his
blinding brilliance.