So what’re we doing now, making chopped liver? Seriously. How can Mexican President Felipe Calderon call for “more cooperation” between the Yankees and their neighbors to the south to combat the drug trade and gun running when the U.S. is spending a $1.3 billion program launched in 2008 to help Mexico and Central America fight drug cartels? Not to mention the fact that our efforts are running into a brick wall of Mexican corruption. First, the BS [via businessweek.com]: “Calderon said that 10,000 gun shops operate in the U.S. near the border with Mexico and that 80 percent of weapons seized in Mexico in a sampling made a year and a half ago were illegally imported into Mexico from the U.S.” Ten thousand? According to The Violence Policy Center (of all people), America boasted (my word) 50,630 federally licensed gun dealers in 2007. So one-fifth of all U.S. gun dealers are engage in illegal cross-border gun running? That hardly seems likely. Don’t ask, don’t tell U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton . . .
We know that the flow of illegal guns is a problem for our Mexican friends, and we are doing all that we can within our laws to prevent, interdict, arrest, prosecute and jail those who deal in illegal guns.
The Miami Herald quoth.
It’s very important that the American government participate in a more coordinated way in order to fix this problem because this is not a problem of Mexico, it’s a common problem.
Calderon pre-countered. Anyway, is that a threat or a promise? Or neither? For a real answer to this problema, Mexico should be looking south, not north . . .
Edgardo Buscaglia, an organized-crime expert and professor at Mexico’s Autonomous Institute of Technology, Colombia has gone after the drug lords – and their assets. “Regardless of how many thousands of organized crime members you detain, the end result will always be determined by how much of the economic structure of organized crime you destroy,” he says. “This is exactly what you’ve seen in Colombia in the past five years.… In Mexico, nothing like that has even started.”
Speaking to The Christian Science Monitor, Eddy may not be jumping on Leo’s love train, but he’s spot on. Until and unless Mexico goes after the capo si tutti capos, they’re just whistling Dixie. By the Mexican Prez’s own admission: “Calderon said the wave of violence was due to a war between the country’s two largest drug cartels, not a reaction to the government’s mobilization of troops to fight drug-related crime.” See what I mean?