Thursday, April 01, 2010

Violent Mexican gangs pose risk to Americans

The killings last month in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juarez of two U.S. citizens, including an employee at the city's U.S. Consulate, along with the slaying of an Arizona rancher, have fueled concerns among U.S. officials that Americans are becoming fair game for Mexican drug gangs seeking control of smuggling routes into the United States. For more than two years, U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials have been warning that the dramatic rise in violence along the southwestern border could eventually target U.S. citizens and spread into this country. The violence posed what the officials called a "serious threat" to law enforcement officers, first responders and residents along the 1,951-mile border. The numbers bear out those concerns, according to the State Department: 79 U.S. citizens were killed last year in Mexico, up from 35 in 2007. In Juarez, just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, 23 Americans were killed in 2009, compared with two in 2007. Last year, the Justice Department identified more than 200 U.S. cities in which Mexican drug cartels "maintain drug distribution networks or supply drugs to distributors" - up from 100 three years earlier. The department's National Drug Intelligence Center, in its 2010 drug threat assessment report, described the cartels as "the single greatest drug trafficking threat to the United States." It said Mexican gangs had established operations in every area of the United States and were expanding into more rural and suburban areas...more

From the same Washington Times article, here's Obama's reaction:

The White House said Mr. Obama was "deeply saddened and outraged" by the killings and had pledged to "continue to work with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his government to break the power of the drug-trafficking organizations that operate in Mexico and far too often target and kill the innocent."

And Hillary Clinton:

"These appalling assaults on members of our own State Department family are, sadly, part of a growing tragedy besetting many communities in Mexico," Mrs. Clinton said.

Looks like Obama and Clinton are more concerned about our relations with Mexico than they are in addressing border violence. Or worse, they seem to think the problem can be solved in Mexico. It can't. It can only be solved in the U.S., and it won't be solved here until we revisit the War On Drugs, my generation's Prohibition foolishness.

I also take note of Obama's arrogant comment about helping Mexico "to break the power of the drug-trafficking organizations that operate in Mexico." I guess we've done such an outstanding job of halting drug sales and consumption in the U.S. that we will share our expertise with Mexico. What a laugh.

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