Skip to comments.Mexican instability needs close scrutiny
Posted on 01/25/2009 12:42:50 PM PST by Clintonfatigued
Military planners are paid to consider worst-case scenarios. A report issued last year by the U.S. Joint Forces Command did just that.
The latest Joint Operative Environment report, a planning document to assess national security threats, said Mexico along with Pakistan bears consideration for rapid and sudden collapse. The reason: The government, its politicians, police and judicial infrastructure are all under sustained assault and pressure by criminal gangs and drug cartels.
For residents of South Texas and the border region, this assault is well understood. Drug battles in Mexico often spill over to this side of the Rio Grande. And the threat of kidnappings and violence has dried up a traditionally healthy flow of Texans who used to regularly cross the border for business, family and pleasure.
Nevertheless, the JOE assessment was shocking. Could Mexico America's largest neighbor, its third largest trading partner and third largest supplier of oil really be ripe for collapse? That's the worst-case scenario military planners want our leaders to consider.
An introductory note to the Joint Operating Environment report states that it is speculative in nature, not predictive. Its purpose is to assess national security in such a way that military leaders aren't surprised by threats that are unforeseen or poorly understood.
The increasing levels of violence and lawlessness in Mexico can't be ignored. Fortunately, cooperative efforts such as the $1.4 billion Merida Initiative are a positive legacy of the Bush administration. With U.S. support, Mexican President Felipe Calderón is bravely prosecuting a war against the drug syndicates.
(Excerpt) Read more at mysanantonio.com ...
Things are looking dire south of the border, in spite of the fact that illegal immigration has waned somewhat in recent years. If Mexico collapses, we ain’t seen nothing yet.
They’re calling for the government to step down in Iceland because of the economic mess.
Two words: National Guard.
As much as we may not be entirely happy with him, we should be pulling for Felipe Calderon, because his war on the cartels is going to effect the U.S., one way or another.
****The government, its politicians, police and judicial infrastructure are all under sustained assault and pressure by criminal gangs and drug cartels. *****
Let me fix that::****The government, its politicians, police and judicial infrastructure are all criminal gangs and drug cartels. *****
“The increasing levels of violence and lawlessness in Mexico can’t be ignored. “
Well, sure it can if you’re a liberal or Rino! I’ve had one poster moaning at me for a week that there is NO problem with Mexico except my paranoia....well,me and the pentagon, the marines and any border agent!
This article is a much more responsible and honest treatment of the **TWO PARAGRAPHS** in the **56-page** JOE report that discuss Mexico.
More than one half-dozen completely disingenuous reports of these two paragraphs have been previously posted on FR, and the posters seem to defend headlines that amount to “Pentagon To Intervene In Mexico”.
Good job Venturer,
Notice the slight towards Texas, basically saying they are arming the drug cartels with weapons... Not mentioning the flood of weapons being brought up through Central America...
Hmmm, Texans must have a lot of extra weapons laying around, or could it be the weapons that were supplied to the Zetas BY the U.S. Government?
I think its a given. And it is going to happen on Obama's watch. G-d help us all.....
Things are not looking dire. Suddenly with Obama’s advent, all these Mexico-is-falling stories are appearing. Ask yourselves why? The left would love Calderon’s government to fail and Obrador and his ilk to succeed. They’ve been seething since the PRI lost its grip. Take a trip to Mexico — past the border towns — and see for yourselves.
>Two words: National Guard.
Oh... I was thinking “Invasion” and “Annexation”.
But yet, they imprison agents for shooting one in the butt! And then give him lots of money to stick around and testify against the agents. As much as I like Bush...he was certainly too close to the Mexican government and so is Rick Perry. Perry is pushing hard for the big interstate (I-35)out of Mexico. We need a new governor big time. One that will look out for Texas.
I wonder if this is a ploy to make us feel sorry the the Mexicans so we don’t complain about them coming here illegally
Looks like we will have a second shot at it.
The US isn’t far behind.
It's back to geography class for the The San Antonio Express News as Canada is over five times bigger than Mexico.
Mexico total area = 1,923,040 Sq km. Canada total area = 9,984,670 Sq km.
Yet another example of the numerous layers of editors and fact checkers that the Internet just doesn't have.
At least we’d be able to own land.