As I have said before, Mexico’s drug wars and their impact on the US is our problem. My fellow citizens stupiditly use the stuff creating the demand and the violence. Now the attached pieces demonstrate the evolving penetration of Mexican criminal gangs in the US, particularly among our corrupt politicans. While we are wasting spirit, blood and treasure in Iraq and Afghanistan, our southern neighbor is becoming failed state, but we are the blame. Just like our addiction to oil, you cut down the demand, then the problem diminishes. At least with oil, there is an excuse for taking so long in solving the problem it had created-it is so central to our economy, so cheap and dependable, that it is hard and is going to be hard to replace it with other fuels. With illegal drugs, there is no value added at all. They do nothing for the human body or mind, except wreak lives, feed criminal organizations, which in turn fuel more criminal activties, and lead to murder. My solution, is cut of the source by closing the border for a while, help rebuild Mexico, conduct COIN with the Mexican government, plead with our own people to cut down their use of illegal drugs, while pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan and revert the money spent on these efforts here.
Infiltrated: Drug cartels’ sway on U.S. politics rises
Mexican drug cartels are helping elect and influence politicians in US communities to advance their criminal activities, according to Richard Valdemar, a retired California law enforcement officer. Valdemar said authorities in California gathered intelligence showing that the cartels are corrupting American politicians to gain a foothold in the Southwestern United States.
According to an El Paso Times report: –Previous investigations showed that the Carrillo Fuentes, Arellano Felix and Sinaloan drug cartels targeted Southern California cities including South Gate, Hawaiian Gardens and Bell Gardens [in Los Angeles County]. –“Their efforts to influence and control these communities began in the 1980s, but investigators did not detect the trend until the 1990s,” said Valdemar, who retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after 33 years in 2004. –Valdemar, a veteran investigator, said that in California, the Mexican drug organizations employed a method they had used in Mexico with success. –Cartels send representatives to U.S. cities to buy legitimate businesses, such as strip malls, restaurants, auto dealerships and used-tire shops. Then they invite local politicians and police to receive free meals and discounts, until they can develop relationships with influential people. ( Source: Diana Washington Valdez “Infiltrated: Drug cartels’ sway on U.S. politics rises, expert says,”El Paso Times, 12 December 2009.)
Mexican ambassador says cartels’ risk to U.S. not just a border issue The Dallas Morning News reports “Mexico is facing a strong and growing threat from transnational criminal organizations, leaving the U.S. little choice but to assist its southern neighbor or risk an increasingly grave threat to its own security, U.S. Ambassador Carlos Pascual said Friday [11 December 2009].” Pascual warned that the security implications for the U.S. go far beyond its cities bordering Mexico. “The big challenge here isn’t just the challenge of the U.S. border cities, but the linkages between hundreds of cities across the United States and Mexican cartels, and that is what we have to interrupt and block,” said Pascul. ( Source: Alfredo Corchado, “Mexican ambassador says cartels’ risk to U.S. not just a border issue,”Dallas Morning News, 12 December 2009.)