Skip to comments.Mexico claims GI's aid pot smugglers
Posted on 01/26/2006 1:18:53 PM PST by Willie Green
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MEXICO CITY - Mexico's top diplomat suggested Thursday that American soldiers disguised as Mexican troops may have been in the military-style Humvee filmed earlier this week protecting a marijuana shipment on the border.
Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez also told a news conference that U.S. soldiers had helped drug smugglers before. However, he offered no evidence.
The U.S. Embassy in Mexico made no immediate comment on Derbez's claims.
His comments came a day after U.S. Ambassador Tony Garza issued a statement asking the Mexican government to "fully investigate" the border incident.
Monday's armed standoff began 50 miles east of El Paso, Texas, when Texas state police tried to stop three sport utility vehicles on Interstate 10. The vehicles made a quick U-turn and headed south toward the border, a few miles away.
Crossing the border, one SUV got stuck in the Rio Grande River, and men in a Humvee tried in vain to tow it out. Then a group of men in civilian clothes began unloading what appeared to be bundles of marijuana and torched the SUV before fleeing.
Mexico insisted Wednesday that the men in military-style uniforms were drug smugglers, not soldiers. In Mexico, kidnappers and drug smugglers regularly wear police gear, which is sold at street stands.
Derbez said Thursday that the men photographed by Texas law enforcement could have been Americans.
"Members of the U.S. Army have helped protect people who were processing and transporting drugs," Derbez said. "And just as that has happened ... it is very probable that something like that could have happened, that in reality they were members of some of their groups disguised as Mexican soldiers with Humvees."
Three U.S. soldiers have pleaded guilty to running a cocaine smuggling ring from a U.S. base in Colombia, and a fourth is being tried in Texas this week.
Derbez said there was no proof that the men seen in the incident were Mexicans.
Derbez also said his country will send a diplomatic note to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice demanding that U.S. officials tone down their comments on Mexico's security and immigration problems.
Willie, I love the keyword you put on the posting - Dope! - so, who do we think the dope is?
I'm beginning to get a real nasy distaste for Senor Derbez. It's amazing to realize that he's Mexico's Condoleeza Rice!
first it's just drug smugglers in Mexican military uniforms, now it's US soldiers in Mexican military uniforms.
geez, who am I gonna believe....</sarcasm>
"The U.S. Embassy in Mexico made no immediate comment on Derbez's claims."
I guess we'll be saying sorry to Mexico soon on this one too.
Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez should shut his "flan hole".
There's a simple way to verify their claims. Next incursion, shoot the perps dead and then identify the bodies. That should clear things up in a jiffy.
'W' should get serious and make this loser resign!
The weekly world news maybe...
Chuckles...a most formidable thread by the venerable Willie Green.
Now, that's some real diplomatin' by the top diplomat. Baghdad Bob is alive and well.
Maybe it was space aliens! Yeah, that's the ticket!
they're drug smugglers...no wait, they're american military...no wait they're aliens from outerspace...How pathetic coming from their foreign secretary no less...PATHETIC.
There are no US troops in Baghdad. They are all wearing Mexican army uniforms and are hauling drugs over the border.
...but of course the "G.I.s" in question are soldiers in the Mexican Army, not the US Army...
that frito bandito should keep his yap shut
This is well documented. A fellow by the name of Oliver North comes to mind. I doubt if this sort of thing was stopped by the current administration.
I am increasingly of the opinion that sealing the border will absolutely force Mexico's corrupt elite to deal with their problems, instead of ignoring them and letting us do it for them.
I used to like visiting the Mexican Rivera in the spring as a nice vacation.
I've met many nice people there, and come away with generally a possitive opinion of the Mexican people from those visits.
However, the recent actions of their current government make me unwilling to spend my hard earned dollars in their country.
The Mexican people don't think any more highly of their government than we do, but unless they are going to put enough pressure on their government to change, I don't want to go there.
Concur, shoot them, take their fingerprints and then tell the Mexican Authorities, "Sorry, they opened fire on our forces from inside our border. They left us no choice but to return fire. We've been unable to identify the individuals involved. Do you wish to examine the bodies?
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