Hate to always say I told you so, but I saw this years ago. Of course because of the greed of many of our “leaders” we tended to look the other way as long as they, the great politicians of Mexico, were pushing poor immigrants our way to be able to under price our own citizens out of jobs and avoid paying taxes, while they worked the hell out of these poor souls. Hell, how many years after 9-11? Oh, only 8 years, and how much of the border is secure? While we are waiting for al Queda and Hammes to collapse our government (from our own overspending), our southern border is moving from brush fires to full scale forest fire.
Okay, I am just an isolationalist that follows (worships at the alter of Andy Bacevich). But, lets President Obama, as much as I say lets support you, and you have said some good things, keep appointing those revolving door think thank people to DoD high positions, and you are going to keep getting the same thing-CRAP!
US Military Warns of Sudden Collapse of Mexico Calderon Stresses “Security Needs” as Military Report Warns of “Rapid and Sudden Collapse” Posted January 14, 2009 http://news.antiwar.com/2009/01/14/us-military-warns-of-sudden-collapse-of-mexico America’s Joint Forces Command issued their annual “Joint Operating Environment” report, which projects future wars and other potential global threats. This year, the report pointed to two nations which may undergo a “rapid and sudden collapse.”
One, unsurprisingly, was Pakistan: a near-bankrupt nation with spiraling inflation, a huge domestic insurgency problem and growing military tension with neighboring India.
The other was Mexico. Is Mexico really on the cusp of turning into a failed state? It seems hard to imagine but the report cautions that “the government, its politicians, police and judicial infrastructure are all under sustained assault and press by criminal gangs and drug cartels.”
Indeed, Mexican forces have been involved in violent clashes, largely linked to their war on drugs and the organized crime spawned by that war. The Mexican drug war has been escalating for years, backed heavily by the United States, and has turned into an outright shooting war between the military and the gangs.
Still, it seems a stretch to put its problems on the same level as Pakistan’s. An interesting aside to this report becoming public is that Mexican President Felipe Calderon has been visiting the United States this week, hoping to impress upon outgoing President Bush and incoming President-elect Obama the seriousness of the security situation in Mexico. This report is liable to make that task easier.
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