Skip to comments.Mexico on Edge of Chaos
Posted on 01/27/2009 10:40:51 AM PST by AuntB
The macabre admission is just the latest indication of the depth of Mexico's drug violence. Some US observers say the cartels now pose a direct threat to the Mexican government's survival, and, by extension, a growing security threat to the US.
The state prosecutors' office said it was looking into more than 450 missing persons' cases from the past eight years.
The Wall Street Journal wrote in an opinion piece that the "body count" in drug-related violence in Mexico so far this year is already 354. It noted that a police commander was recently beheaded in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, an "increasingly popular tactic."
As bad as the violence is, it could get worse, and it is becoming clear that the U.S. faces contagion. In recent months, several important American voices have raised concerns about the risks north of the border.
The paper reported that the US Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia, "warned recently that an unstable Mexico 'could represent a homeland security problem of immense proportions to the United States.'"
The newspaper said that the US Joint Forces Command report was only one of several alarms being sounded on the security situation south of the border.
Retired U.S. Army Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey, the former U.S. drug agency director, said in a separate analysis on Mexico that the government "is not confronting dangerous criminality -- it is fighting for its survival against narco-terrorism" and could lose effective control of large swaths near the U.S. border.
The outgoing CIA director, Michael V. Hayden, listed Mexico with Iran as a possible top challenge for President Obama.
And former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said this month that Mexico could turn into a surprise crisis for the new president by year's end.
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And I've always thought that a belt of landmines should be included with the wall.
“It” moved North of the border a long time ago.
Sad so many that could have helped stop it instead sought to enable it even more by ignoring it for their own purposes.
Wonder what resident Zero thinks will happen when it all falls apart in Mexico and we face a rush of 30 or 40 million more illegals in a matter of weeks or months.
Actually, with the Three Stooges -- Barry, Harry and Nancy -- trying to manage the lunatic asylum called DeeCee, this country isn't that far away from going over the top either.
“Sad so many that could have helped stop it instead sought to enable it even more by ignoring it for their own purposes.”
And they still refuse to see it!
They won’t mind if we send the 4th and 7th Infantry Divisions down to the border then? We will have Armored Cavalry available soon too!
One of these days it's all going to catch up with us. Not to be a parade-pisser, but we are in for tough times. And I don't know the answer.
Only recent history has shown Mexico to have any semblance of a stable government. Fragmentation and revolution is the pattern of Mexico, usually with banditos involved. What is new is that drugs are the catalyst.
Now, perhaps we understand their need for “open borders” and the Mexican government’s advocay of prosecuting our Border Patrol Agents.
I hear ya! Agreed.
Unfortunately, too many of our politicans are pro-Mexico and anti-American.
It would not be too difficult to contain the Mexican narco-violence....secure the border....no US entry thru Mexican border....suspension and abrogation of NAFTA (useless trade deal if with narco terrorists)...deportation of all illegal Mexicans....moving all incarcerated Mexicans into solitary confinement
Unfortunately, both parties lack the leadership to protect America. If this crap w Mexico gets out of hand, do not be surprised a third party candidate wins in the US presidency in 2012
America has always been the Mexican safety valve to keep the pressure cooker from exploding. It isn’t politically correct to say so but it sure seems like revolution and unrest are the natural state of most latin American nations.
Who wants the job of trying to convince me that only the pure and willing to work are the ones coming North across our border?
The days of the Bracero” are long gone.
A reference to having a common border with the US?
That’s the way it “appears”, to be politically correct.
Not only that, from a couple friends I know living in AZ and TX very close to the border, most of the news is being heavily filtered onto the national scene with regards to the violence and drugs associated with ‘the unrest’ in Mexico. Cross border hits (murder on US soil, kidnappings, beatings, cuttings) are common place now not to mention local LEO’s are doing very little to stop incoming product. We here do not even get 1/100th of the news of what’s happening now.
“Unfortunately, both parties lack the leadership to protect America. If this crap w Mexico gets out of hand, do not be surprised a third party candidate wins in the US presidency in 2012”
That sure wouldn’t break my heart....hell of a price we’ve had to pay for it, eh?
Mexico has NEVER had what you call a government..
Democracy is always MOB RULE(by mobsters)... in the best of circumstances..
Looks America is no longer a Republic.. but a democracy..
Amnesty and 30 or 40 million permanent (d) voters.
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