Friday, October 05, 2012
Mexico's Cartels Increase Their Muscle In The U.S.
...According to a CBS News report, three of Mexico's cartels are fighting pitched battles in Chicago, and it's their turf wars that are driving its murder rate skyward in violence that shockingly resembles that of Juarez, Mexico. Chicago recorded 391 murders this year, a sharp 40% rise for the year, signaling even to laymen that there's a new thug on the block adapting easily to Chicago's hub geography, local gangs and entrenched culture of political corruption. "We know that the majority of the drugs here in Chicago, cartels are responsible for," DEA Special Agent in Charge Jack Riley told CBS. "We know the majority of murders are gang related. So it's very clear the connection and role." But though this would be recognized as spillover from a foreign war in any other country, there's no such recognition from the Obama White House on what in fact is a threat from abroad to the U.S. homeland. In fact, the White House has gone out of his way to deny a problem, and in fact to exacerbate the problem — refusing to enforce immigration laws for one, and refusing to cooperate in a major investigation from Congress on why U.S. lawmen were letting 2,000 guns flow to Mexico's cartels without Mexico's knowledge in a failed effort to "trace" them, known as Operation Fast and Furious. Drug cartels now seem to be sufficiently emboldened by Washington's climate of drift to begin to make good on their threat to target U.S. lawmen, which is more evidence of spillover...more