I know this is really a positive; but, we helped Columbia clean out their drug cartels --- we were successful. This is a victory; but, those drug cartels did not just disappear. They just moved -- to Mexico where we helped make it easy for them to get settled in by emptying Mexico of lots and lots of their men. Some of those men brought their women and children with them; but, many left them back home.
Whole villages with old people, women and children --- easy pickings for drug cartels with no morals at all --- just driven by the money in sending drugs (easily) across our southern border.
This created the problem we are seeing now down at the southern border, ignored by Northerners 'cause "it couldn't happen to us", not realizing that once across the border, movement to anywhere in the U.S. is easy. This is just the beginning, coming to a town or city near you. I don't know what would help --- maybe, ya know, a WALL!
“I know this is really a positive; but, we helped Columbia clean out their drug cartels -— we were successful. This is a victory; but, those drug cartels did not just disappear. They just moved — to Mexico...”
Actually they still have cartels in Colombia. What the Colombians have done is just let the Mexicans take over most of the distribution of their cocaine. The Colombian cartels still control production. They have people growing coca for them in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. They produce the cocaine and sell it to the Mexicans who distribute it within this country. They lay low and stay out of the public eye, but Colombian cocaine production is about as high as ever. Cocaine is relatively cheap and pure now and as easily available as it ever was. We were a lot less successful than you might think.