Skip to comments.Mexico’s President-Elect Signals Internationalization of Drug War (Nieto to continue the fight?)
Posted on 08/06/2012 2:38:00 PM PDT by JerseyanExile
Mexicans have long grown weary of their countrys prolonged War on Drugs. Now, with President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto set to take office in December, it appears change may finally be in the offing.
That change, however, may not be what most Mexicans were expecting.
A transnational phenomenon requires a transnational strategy, Óscar Naranjo, Colombias former director of the National Police and current advisor to Peña Nieto, told reporters last week. No country can succeed in an insular and isolated manner if it is to achieve timely or definitive victories.
Far from re-envisioning the approach taken by outgoing President Felipe Calderon, credited with having launched the crackdown on the countrys drug cartels in 2006, Peña Nieto is preparing the Mexican people for a major escalation. It is a shift that could draw in military forces from Mexicos neighbors, including the United States.
Mexico has not had foreign troops on its soil since the U.S. invaded in 1847. The countrys constitution bans foreign troops from its territory. But Mexican officials have been quietly developing strategies for circumventing these prohibitions.
High-ranking advisors suggest one strategy would be to develop a multinational military force comprised of American, Colombian and Chilean military advisors to work with Mexican marines and special forces under an international mandate.
Not only the United States, but the world, must ally with Mexico to help Mexico overcome the challenge of transnational crime, Naranjo continued.
Still, he insisted, the final solution to the Mexican problem remains in the hands of Mexicans. It is an assertion that ignores one crucial fact: the War on Drugs has never been in the hands of the Mexicans. During the recent presidential campaign, none of the candidates were willing to touch the issue.
Josefina Vazquez, candidate from Calderóns National Action party (PAN), made no mention of it, presumably because she did not want to remind voters that it was her party that first launched the campaign. Peña Nieto steered clear knowing that governors from his Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) stood accused of collaborating with drug traffickers, or being corrupted by them. The leftist candidate, Andrés López Obrador of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), avoided discussing the War on Drugs simply because he had no new ideas to offer.
Their collective reluctance to broach the subject was cause for much discussion throughout the Spanish-speaking world.
But now that Peña Nieto is well on his way to the presidential palace, he is beginning to reveal his strategy.
For several years Mexico has availed itself of the United States for assistance, including the sending of Mexican marines to the U.S. for Pentagon training in counter-intelligence and special forces military strikes.
We have learned from American officers who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, a Mexican marine corporal, who asked that his name not be used as he is not authorized to speak to the media, told American reporters in October 2011. The Americans suffer from similar types of ambushes in their wars, and have learned how to respond to them in a tight, disciplined way. We apply those techniques to our fight here.
The training of Mexican marines for Iraq- and Afghanistan-style warfare by the Pentagon is only part of the transnational approach pursued by Calderón. Mexico has received intelligence from the U.S. military as well.
A sea change has occurred over the past years in how effective Mexico and U.S. intelligence exchanges have become, Arturo Sarukhán, Mexicos ambassador to the United States, confirmed to the New York Times a year ago. It is underpinned by the understanding that transnational organized crime can only be successfully confronted by working hand in hand, and that the outcome is as simple as it is compelling: we will together succeed or together fail.
This gradual escalation is set to accelerate once Peña Nieto takes office, with speculation that Mexico might make an appeal to the Organization of American States (OAS) or the United Nations for help in preventing the emergence of a narco-state.
Under this scenario, Latin American countries and the United States would come to the assistance of Mexico with the authorization of an OAS declaration or a United Nations resolution affirming the legitimate need for assistance by the Mexican government.
Such help has already come, albeit in clandestine fashion, from the United States. Last year it was revealed that American drones authorized by the Obama administration had violated Mexican airspace. Stepping up its involvement in Mexicos drug war, the Obama administration has begun sending drones deep into Mexican territory to gather intelligence, the New York Times reported.
For the White House, it was an embarrassing revelation. But what was embarrassing in 2011 may now be part of Peña Nietos new strategy, one well timed with events north of the border.
As American involvement in Iraq winds down and U.S. troop numbers in Afghanistan are scaled back, the additional personnel may allow U.S. military officials to contemplate limited and strategic operations to assist in a multinational effort for other missions in Latin America.
This transnational nature of the War on Drugs that Mexican officials are now openly discussing is part of a national conversation swirling through the Mexican capital, anticipating how such an approach might succeed where the current Mexico-alone strategy has failed.
For Peña Nieto, it is clear that had he openly debated this course of action, the presidential election might have turned out differently.
Mexico MUST continue to fight the WOD, or else surrender completely to the Cartels.
Same here in the US. We want turd world conditions in the US? We want our cities to be no better than Nuevo Laredo? Then we better not listen to pro-dopers and capitulate on our anti-drug policies.
Mexicans may be weary of it but its only choice is to wage war. Surrendering to the cartels is actually what they have done for years as the cartels have penetrated the government, the police, the military, and have made entire swaths of the country ungovernable. The result has been a nightmare.
Its a military problem and its a moral problem. It has to be faced on both levels; fail on either level and you fail on both and the result is a living hell on earth.
I guess the writer forgot about Blackjack Pershing.
“Mexico has not had foreign troops on its soil since the U.S. invaded in 1847.”
Oh yeah? Ever hear of “Blackjack” Pershing? He chased Pancho Villa across northern Mexico.
“Mexico MUST continue to fight the WOD, or else surrender completely to the Cartels.”
Nope, they could legalize them which just like the end of prohibition would cut off the funding to the cartels. But I doubt that they’ll do that, it seems its more of the same only more of it. What’s the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over yet expecting different results.
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The PRI essentially did that for decades when they ignored the cartels and allowed them to grow to their current strength.
Why do I imagine that the first sign of 'internationalism' will be Obama's invitation for mexican troops to operate north of the border?
If you're going to nullify the border patrol why not do it big?
Pershing chasing Pancho Villa around northern Mexico in 1916-1917.
Oh, and let is not forget the French occupation from 1861 to 1867.
Guess what? They ARE legal. Personal possession of marijuna in ol Meheeco is not illegal.
And because of that, plus a culture of political coruption, Mexico is a third world country. Just like the US will be if we surrender in the WOD
Trafficking in drugs is still illegal in Mexico as far as I know just like it is here in the US, that’s where the vast profits are that fund the Cartels. If these drugs were treated the same way booze is treated, simply taxes and regulated, there would not be this large amounts of cash available that the Cartels live off of.
Also, Mexico has always had a culture of political corruption, the war on drugs has only made that worse as it has in the US where the illegal drug money is corrupting the US in all sorts of ways, the WOD being just one example of that where we have now lost our right to travel with large amounts of cash without the fear of some cop seizing it. Also, if you’ll look our war on poverty has been about as successful as our war on drugs and our war on terror. These are all just excuses to run rough shod over our rights and get government involved where it should not. We’ve been fighting the war on poverty for 50 years now, see any improvement? How about the war on Drugs? Over 30 years and drug use (both legal and illegal) are at all time highs. Get a clue and don’t believe the propaganda.
“The PRI essentially did that for decades when they ignored the cartels and allowed them to grow to their current strength.”
It wasn’t until the PRD won the elections and started cooperating with the US on the WOD that things started to fall apart in Mexico. Up until that point there was relatively little cartel related violence as you yourself seem to be saying so I’m glad that you agree with me!
Wow. You have surrendered on all three fronts: The War on Drugs, Poverty and Terror.
Let me add one more point to why your waiving the white flag on the WOD is detrimental.
In case you didn’t know it - your liberal stance on drugs is copy-catted by millions of pro-Amnesty open-border liberals who know - just as you do - that a soft stance on the WOD DIRECTLY results in millions of illegals in our country. Many of them here to peddle drugs and add to our socio-economic burdens.
Or are you naive enough to deny the link between the soft stance the USA takes regarding the WOD and illegal immigration?
So you’re suggesting that the government should sponsor drug cartels? The homicide rate would really drop as well if we stopped bothering to prosecute killers as well.
Mexico was a corrupt basket case for decades before the current drug initiative. Now that the government actually tries to root out criminals instead of awarding them government positions, of course they’re going to resort to violence.
PRI dominated Mexico was nothing more than window dressing over a rotten government infrastructure. Hardly the good times people make it out to be,
Illegal immigration has nothing to do with the WOD so that’s not going to fly with me, we don’t control our boarders or illegal immigration because it benefits both the Democrats who get new voters and the RINOS in the republican party who get cheap labor for their business friends. The number of illegals involved in the drug trade is small in comparison to the total numbers of illegals.
So I have a question for you, we’ve been at this WOD for over 30 years and the problem has gotten worse not better. What do you suggest that we do that we haven’t already done? And try not to trample over what few rights we have left in the process.
We learned during the 1930’s with Prohibition that you can’t stop people from using booze, all it did was make our cities war zones for organized crime and gave us the first gun control laws. The violence didn’t stop until booze was made legal again. Drugs are the new booze for a lot of people and even though they are destructive as hell you’re not going to stop people from using them by making them illegal, all you are going to do is make organized crime flourish and all the violence that goes with that. At least if we make it legal we can tax it and control who sells the stuff and where.
“So youre suggesting that the government should sponsor drug cartels? The homicide rate would really drop as well if we stopped bothering to prosecute killers as well.”
So by your definition Anheuser-Busch is also a drug Cartel? If you made drugs legal then those that would be producing, marketing and distributing those drugs would be the equivalent of any other alcohol manufacturer. I see no reason why the government would “sponsor” a Cartel or support organized crime, did they do that with Al Capone when they ended Prohibition?
Yeah, that really worked out well...
U.S.-trained forces reportedly helping Mexican cartels
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.