Mexico & U.S. Hold Hands, Promise Better Days AheadApril 8th, 2009 by Rick
After two days of meeting with Mexican officials, Attorney General, Eric Holder said:
Cooperation between the United States and Mexico was stronger and fundamentally different than that which existed in the past.
Before meeting with the Mexican President, Felipe Calderón, AG Holder and Mexican Attorney General, Eduardo Medina-Mora, held an interview. Both admitted that the stakes were high for both countries in stopping the drug violence in Mexico. Both denied Pentagon reports that the drug war was pushing Mexico to becoming a failed state.
Mr. Medina-Mora said:
Mexico has never been a weak state. It is not today. It will never be in the future. We have faced even more difficult problems than this one. And it is relevant to put this in perspective.
Ironically enough, what is happening in Mexico already happened in Columbia with Pablo Esobar. He had either threatened or bribed his way to taking over the country. A group had turned into an army. At the time it was believed he was finally taken out by South American Security Forces, but it’s been known for some time that Delta Force had joined the hunt and managed to kill Escobar with a single sniper’s bullet. Escobar was taken out after he made the Forbes Billionaire list… ‘El Chapo’, a leader of the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico recently made that very list. May history soon be repeating itself?
What is at stake is the ability of Mexico to keep peace and tranquility for its citizens. That is why our objective is not ending drug trafficking. It is to remove power from these groups and remove their ability to seize and to kidnap our right to live in peace.
If their objective is not to end drug trafficking, then what is it? This is what keeps these organizations in business. If you cut them off from their drugs, then you cut them off from making money. It’s interesting to note that Mora was at one time the head of the CISEN, which is the Mexican equivalent of the CIA. If anyone should have intelligence that can lead them to the cartels, it’d be him. The timing of an American visit is not coincidental either, after a week that the Mexican President spoke out and said cartel drug money was going into Washington pockets.
AG Holder and and the Secretary of Homeland Security eventually met up with Mexican President Felipe Calderón. They talked about providing training to Mexican canine teams and enhancing coordination between the U.S. Coast Guard and the Mexican Navy. Apparently there is concern that by beefing up the land boarders, it will drive the illegal immigrants and drug smugglers to use the Pacific Ocean to get into the United States.
Ms. Napolitano said of the United States and Mexico, after the meeting with Mr. Calderón:
We are going to operate almost like a vise. We’re going to take out the cartels that have been plaguing our communities for far too long.
AG Holder added that they were sending 100 agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to the southern boarders to stop the sale of “straw gun purchases” in which a background check is conducted on one person and they in turn give the guns to others. AG Holder also snuck in a comment about marijuana sales central to the drug trade, and is exploring ways lower the minimum amount required for the federal prosecution of possession cases.
The reality of the level of cooperation that now exists is fundamentally different from that which existed in the past. The current Mexican administration was in a fundamentally different place, and the possibilities of cooperation, as a result, are substantially greater, and they will show results.
Great. Things are fundamentally different, we get it. After countless kidnappings and deaths attributed to the drug trade, along with countless drugs actually making it into the United States and more and more criminal organizations popping up all over the United States, you finally decided to change things.
Mora concluded the interview by saying that all federal agencies involved with investigating and enforcing laws on organized crime were being used by both Mexican and U.S. investigators. Mora said that the Mexican government was upgrading it’s law enforcement infrastructure and technology oversee officers’ activities and detect irregularities — which Mora claims may be caused by “technical reasons or because of corruption.”
Great. Now Mexico can develop into a police state just like it’s Big Brother. They can develop tools to combat the threat of organized crime but then at the same time keep an eye on their citizens. It’s amusing that Mora mentions corruption. What they need to do is find out who within their governments are pocketing drug money in both countries, arrest them, lock them up in the same prisons that they helped keep full, throw away the key and then start changing laws and going after cartels and ending their reign of violence once and for all.