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Drugs, Crime Make Mexico “Under Sustained Assault”

January 18, 2009

Last Monday President-elect Barack Obama met with Mexico’s President Caderon.  Then came the news from a U.S. military study that says Mexico could “collapse” from the wight of “sustained assault” in the drug war. 

U.S. military reports are not known for their alarmist tone. But this assessment  is unheard of and unusually stark  for a North American ally.
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Obama praised Calderon Monday for his work on energy and climate change yesterday.

But neither a bad environment nor energy problems are as likely to bring Mexico to its knees — and impact negatively on the United States — as the drug war, according to the U.S. military.

Most observers have ignored the elephant in the room and on the North American contintent: Mexico is in real trouble.

Mexico and the U.S. are watching as millions of illegal immigrants move from Mexico northward and while drug lords kill off law enforcement and law abiding political leaders, citizens and  politicians in Mexico.

Most news stories of the Calderon-Obama meeting failed to mention either the drug issue or major immigration problems until somewhere around paragraph eight….

Related:
Mexico: Obama Can’t Ignore Elephant on the Continent

President-elect Barack Obama meets with Mexico's President Felipe ... 
President-elect Barack Obama meets with Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, January 12, 2009.(Larry Downing/Reuters)

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Indiscriminate kidnappings. Nearly daily beheadings. Gangs that mock and kill government agents.

This isn’t Iraq or Pakistan. It’s Mexico, which the U.S. government and a growing number of experts say is becoming one of the world’s biggest security risks.

The prospect that America’s southern neighbor could melt into lawlessness provides an unexpected challenge to Barack Obama‘s new government. In its latest report anticipating possible global security risks, the U.S. Joint Forces Command lumps Mexico and Pakistan together as being at risk of a “rapid and sudden collapse.”

By TRACI CARL, Associated Press Writer Traci Carl, Associated Press Writer

The Mexican possibility may seem less likely, but the government, its politicians, police and judicial infrastructure are all under sustained assault and pressure by criminal gangs and drug cartels,” the command said in the report published Nov. 25.

“How that internal conflict turns out over the next several years will have a major impact on the stability of the Mexican state.”

Retiring CIA chief Michael Hayden told reporters on Friday that that Mexico could rank alongside Iran as a challenge for Obama — perhaps a greater problem than Iraq.

The U.S. Justice Department said last month that Mexican gangs are the “biggest organized crime threat to the United States.” National security adviser Stephen Hadley said last week that the worsening violence threatens Mexico’s very democracy.

Related:
 Mexico: “under sustained assault”; Could “collapse” — U.S. Military

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Mexico: “under sustained assault”; Could “collapse” — U.S. Military

January 14, 2009

During the same week that President-elect Barack Obama met with Mexico’s President Caderon comes news from a U.S. military study that says Mexico could “collapse” from the wight of “sustained assault” in the drug war.

The U.S. military reports is unheard of and unusually stark  for a North American ally.
President-elect Barack Obama met with Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon Monday.

Obama praised Calderon for his work on energy and climate change yesterday.

But neither a bad environment nor energy problems are as likely to bring Mexico to its knees — and impact the United States — as the drug war, according to the U.S. military.

Most observers have ignored the elephant in the room and on the North American contintent: Mexico is in real trouble.

Mexico and the U.S. are watching as millions of illegal immigrants move from Mexico northward and while drug lords kill off law enforcement and law abiding political leaders, citizens and  politicians in Mexico.

Most news stories of the Calderon-Obama meeting failed to mention either the drug issue or major immigration problems until somewhere around paragraph eight….

Related:
Mexico: Obama Can’t Ignore Elephant on the Continent

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The El Paso Times
January 14, 2009

Mexico is one of two countries that “bear consideration for a rapid and sudden collapse,” according to a report by the U.S. Joint Forces Command on worldwide security threats.

The command’s “Joint Operating Environment (JOE 2008)” report, which contains projections of global threats and potential next wars, puts Pakistan on the same level as Mexico. “In terms of worse-case scenarios for the Joint Force and indeed the world, two large and important states bear consideration for a rapid and sudden collapse: Pakistan and Mexico.

“The Mexican possibility may seem less likely, but the government, its politicians, police and judicial infrastructure are all under sustained assault and pressure by criminal gangs and drug cartels. How that internal conflict turns out over the next several years will have a major impact on the stability of the Mexican state. Any descent…

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rces-warns-of-mexico-collapse.html

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From the Associated Press

President George W. Bush on Tuesday pledged continued U.S. cooperation on narcotrafficking in Mexico, saying the United States has a responsibility to help prevent guns from moving south across the border.

Bush had his final Oval Office meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, a leader U.S. officials have praised for deploying troops to fight cartels and capturing top drug kingpins. Calderon won a multimillion-dollar, anti-drug aid package from Washington last year.

Incoming President-elect Barack Obama, who met with Calderon on Monday, supports the plan, known as the Merida Initiative, and has promised to help end gun-smuggling from the U.S. to Mexico.

“Americans are concerned about the battle that’s taking place in Mexico, and I want our fellow citizens to understand that this man understands the responsibilities of government to provide security,” Bush said.

“The less drugs we use, the less pressure there’ll be in Mexico. We have got responsibilities to help prevent guns from going from the United States into Mexico.”

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