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Gates: U.S. Military Could Help Mexico Fight Drug Cartels
AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE ^ | March 2, 2009 | By Donna Miles

Posted on 03/02/2009 11:45:27 PM PST by Cindy

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http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=53293

Gates: U.S. Military Could Help Mexico Fight Drug Cartels

By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2009 – The United States could increase its military support to help Mexico fight drug cartels that pose an increasingly alarming security risk, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said yesterday.

“I think we are beginning to be in a position to help the Mexicans more than we have in the past,” Gates said during an NBC “Meet the Press” interview. “Some of the old biases against cooperation between our militaries and so on, I think, are being satisfied.”

Drug-related violence has soared in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon dispatched the federal army to confront the well-armed and -financed cartels. So far in 2009, an estimated 1,000 people have been killed.

“The cartels are retaliating,” Gates said yesterday. “It clearly is a serious problem.”

The United States could support the effort through training, reconnaissance and surveillance support, intelligence cooperation and other assistance, Gates said.

The secretary praised Calderon’s courage in standing up to the cartels and police corruption in a way that previous presidents wouldn’t. “One of the reasons it's gotten as bad as it has is because his predecessors basically refused to do that,” he said.

Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, shared Gates’ growing concern about Mexico last week during a Pentagon news conference.

“Mexico is certainly more of a concern to me,” Mullen said. He announced plans to visit Mexico on the last leg of this week’s trip to Latin America.

Mullen noted the spike in drug-related violence in Mexico that has increased dramatically in the last year. “We're looking for ways to assist them in terms of addressing this kind of threat,” he said.

The chairman pointed during a Feb. 5 address at Princeton University to successes the United States has helped Colombia to achieve over drug cartels and narcoterrorists that had controlled much of the country. The U.S. military provided primarily training assistance, but other interagency efforts also supported efforts taken by the Colombian government and military.

“I think the Colombian example is a great example of a very broad program that wasn’t just military to support a friend at a time when, effectively, they were very close to a failed state,” Mullen said.

Mullen said the same kind of support could help Mexico. “We’ve offered that,” he said. “It takes engagement -- not high-end military activity.”

The days of looking east and west more than north and south to assess security threats are long over, he told the Princeton audience.

“We do need to pay a lot of attention to our neighbor and the security issues and the economic issues that are associated with not just Mexico, but with Latin America,” he said.

Biographies: Robert M. Gates Navy Adm. Mike Mullen Related Sites: Mullen Princeton Transcript Pentagon News Conference transcript

Related Articles: Secretary Addresses Pakistan, Afghanistan, Other Key Issues


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Mexico; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: drugcartels; drugwarconsequences; marijuana; mexico; narcoterrorists; thankprohibition; usmilitary; wod

1 posted on 03/02/2009 11:45:27 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Isn’t the military already stretched thin due to Iraq and Afghanistan? Now Mexico too? The Mexicans will absolutely hate this.

I smell a draft, and of course, its BUSH’s fault.


2 posted on 03/02/2009 11:50:50 PM PST by txnativegop (God Bless America! (NRA-Endowment))
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To: Cindy

Washington Times says there 100.000 foot soldiers in the cartel and Mexico has only 130,000 as the size of the Mexican army. Needless to say we are stopping a war that is soon to be fought here that is all.


3 posted on 03/02/2009 11:54:31 PM PST by GOP Poet
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To: Cindy
Punitive expedition? Where is Pershing?

Seriously... how about closing the border and throwing out the thugs first?

4 posted on 03/02/2009 11:54:43 PM PST by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: Cindy
We can use our military to help Mexico fight the drug cartels, but we can't use our military to guard our borer with Mexico to stop the invasion of illegal aliens that are smuggled into our country by the Mexican drug cartels!?

Hell fire, what's wrong with these people!?

5 posted on 03/02/2009 11:58:37 PM PST by Semper Mark (Communism is Socialism with a gun to your head.)
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To: SolidWood

Just a thought, but if we close off the border, preventing most of the drugs from reaching our cities, wouldn’t this dry up the cartels’ cash supply, thereby reducing their ability to fight the Mexican military, and thereby helping Mexico fight the drug cartels.


6 posted on 03/03/2009 12:17:03 AM PST by Stonewall Jackson (We failed, but in the good providence of God apparent failure often proves a blessing.-Robert E.Lee)
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To: Stonewall Jackson

Sure, would also prevent the gangs to use border towns as retreats and to satisfy the raving democrats it would stop the flow of “US assualt weapons” into Mexico. Of course we know what the democrat’s real motives here are.


7 posted on 03/03/2009 12:20:31 AM PST by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: Cindy

This will result in retaliation against Americans in their homes, businesses and schools.

Imagine Iraq next door.


8 posted on 03/03/2009 12:27:06 AM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Cindy
U.S.-trained forces reportedly helping Mexican cartels (link to Free Republic thread)

Houston Chronicle Washington Bureau
May 14, 2008

WASHINGTON — As many as 200 U.S.-trained Mexican security personnel have defected to drug cartels to carry out killings on both sides of the border and as far north as Dallas, Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble, told Congress on Wednesday.

-snip-

The renegade members of Mexico's elite counter-narcotics teams trained at Fort Benning, Ga., have switched sides, contributing to a wave of violence that has claimed some 6,000 victims over the past 30 months, including prominent law enforcement leaders, the Houston-area Republican told the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

-snip-

9 posted on 03/03/2009 12:46:19 AM PST by Ken H
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To: Cindy

Mine the borders build the fence and deport the illegals.


10 posted on 03/03/2009 3:22:13 AM PST by screaminsunshine (f)
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To: PetroniusMaximus
The more this administration brings crises to our populace, the easier it is to inspire revolution. These people are truly trying to inspire a political and economic revolution.
Our constitutional convention was a second American revolution; George Washington realized when people were calling for a convention earlier on that the populace needed to face economic hardship before they would accept a central government.
This administration realizes we need pain to convince us to “change”. The infinite difference between Washington and the present evil men is that Pres. Washington exercised self constraint and declined the position of dictator, these people want to be dictators.
11 posted on 03/03/2009 3:30:23 AM PST by Billg64 (LOL ROFL Senator Mccain for what????)
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To: Cindy

Bush’s biggest failure, not securing the border after 9/11, will be his true legacy.


12 posted on 03/03/2009 3:46:35 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Cindy
We should station our available military at the southern border to protect America against the Mexican drug cartels. And we should use some of the infrastructure money out of porkulus to actually accomplish something positive - build the fence!
13 posted on 03/03/2009 4:12:40 AM PST by Heartland Mom
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To: Cindy

Let’s just spread a couple of divisions of Army and Marines along the border for an initial six months of “training” (with an option for the remainder of two years) and see how a lot of stuff just comes to a grinding halt.


14 posted on 03/03/2009 4:20:56 AM PST by John Leland 1789
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To: Cindy

Wouldn’t it be easier to “out bribe” them, it seems to be the true way of life in our neighbor to the South. Cheaper than sending troops. /sarc


15 posted on 03/03/2009 4:47:03 AM PST by Recon Dad (Marsoc Dad)
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To: Billg64; Travis McGee

“These people are truly trying to inspire a political and economic revolution.”

Which is exactly what they want to happen. I recall several years ago a post about quislings hanging from the trees....


16 posted on 03/03/2009 4:51:45 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Rebelbase

How about BUILD A BIG DAMN TRIPLE SECURITY FENCE?????

Then get back to us with other options.


17 posted on 03/03/2009 6:01:02 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

0bama wants to invade Mexico!

Warmonger!!! (s/)


18 posted on 03/03/2009 6:02:17 AM PST by airborne (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness! Enjoy it while you can!)
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To: airborne

As they say in Mejico: “Vamos a ver.” We’ll see.


19 posted on 03/03/2009 6:26:35 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Cindy
We have an AWAC wing at Tinker AFB that is currently operating over the Caribbean and giving up drug plane vectors to anyone that wants them.

Very little on the ground interdiction by "friendly" neighbors that let them land and fast boat the coke to the US.

20 posted on 03/03/2009 8:31:31 AM PST by gandalftb (An appeaser feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last......)
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To: Stonewall Jackson
“Just a thought, but if we close off the border, preventing most of the drugs from reaching our cities, wouldn’t this dry up the cartels’ cash supply, thereby reducing their ability to fight the Mexican military, and thereby helping Mexico fight the drug cartels.”

That's a huge “if.” I don't think we could stop the multibillion dollar drug trade. We can stop most of the people coming over here to work, but as long as there is demand for drugs and billions of dollars out there to buy the drugs the drugs will come in. There is just too much money to be made. Many thousands of tons of marijuana come across that border. Less than a thousand tons of cocaine, meth and heroin are coming over every year, but these are expensive drugs with high profit margins. No matter how well we close off our borders there will always be cracks that a lot of pot and these, few hundred tons of other drugs can come through. A few hundred tons is really not that much if you think of it in terms of volume, maybe a few dozen tractor trailer loads. They'll get that in along with a lot of pot and they'll just grow a lot more pot here, out in our national forests like they are already doing and indoors. The billions of dollars worth of demand will be satisfied one way or another.

They do make most of their money from pot. We ought to just legalize that and focus our resources on fighting against the other drugs. The tax revenue from marijuana would help a lot in that regard.

21 posted on 03/03/2009 9:53:18 AM PST by TKDietz
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