Mexico`s Meltdown Coming Here—Unless Washington Acts
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
that Mexico`s drug crime is
more and more like
looked 20 years ago"—an
indication that the
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,
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
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
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
taxpayer`s money is being spent on Mexico`s internal
affairs. The fact that the Pentagon has
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.
promised $1.4 billion in a secretly negotiated aid
(aka the Merida Initiative) just because Presidente
Calderon asked for it.
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
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,
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
It appears that Mexican organized crime is taking
correspondence courses from Islamic jihadists. Who knew
gangsters needed any further inspiration?
A recent Google search for
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
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
We in the United States are now at the long-feared point
of Mexico`s violence
Americans are being killed—like Arizona rancher
on his own land, and
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
Border Patrol has reportedly been removed
from some particularly dangerous areas?
"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"
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
and Venezuela, and the murder rate was actually much
is sheer nonsense.
That`s like an argument
that 3,000 people murdered
is background noise compared to the 15 to 25,000 people
murdered per year in gun related violence in the United
Whoever heard of …
72 immigrants would be bound and murdered for sheer
Whoever heard of squad-sized units of soldiers or
police being abducted and tortured to death,
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 RPGs
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Presidente Calderon has disrespected American
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.
and allowing a permeable border with Mexico are not
National Guard Border Enforcement Act
recommended by Congressman Poe sounds like a start,
real military presence
designed to keep invaders
out is what`s
Brenda Walker (email
her) lives in Northern California and publishes two
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