Obama, Mullen discuss Mexico’s drug war

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President Obama and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Adm. Michael Mullen on Saturday discussed how the U.S. military can assist Mexico in addressing growing violence from drug cartels, according to a military official.

The conversation, which Obama initiated within hours of Mullen’s return to the United States from a visit to Mexico City, underscores the growing concern with which the United States views the situation…

The president expressed interest in military capabilities that the U.S. has that could help Mexican forces, including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance technology, the official said…

This week, a U.S. citizen was among the three decapitated bodies found in Tijuana, Mexican authorities said Saturday. Growing drug violence has made beheadings in Tijuana, Juarez and other Mexican towns more commonplace over the past year.

Mexico has become the focus for everything cruel and inhuman about the so-called War on Drugs. There is nothing like the violence and death associated with drug wars in Mexico – in the nations bright enough, educated enough to treat drug abuse outside of the sewers of organized crime.

The United States took years to get beyond Prohibition of alcohol. At the rate we’re going, it will take decades to get our government beyond the political opportunism of conventional morality over drug use.

2 thoughts on “Obama, Mullen discuss Mexico’s drug war

  1. error440 says:

    3/23/15 “The Kingpin Strategy and U.S. Assistance to Mexico’s Drug War: Visible Results, Hidden Costs” http://securityassistance.org/blog/kingpin-strategy-and-us-assistance-mexico%E2%80%99s-drug-war-visible-results-hidden-costs# “…Although the State Department continues to receive reports on the kidnappings, forced disappearances and human rights violations that have become routine in Mexico, the Secretary of State still certifies that the country is meeting its human rights requirements.
    As calls to restructure or cut off drug war funding begin to Mexico grow louder in the United States in the wake of Ayotzinapa, the global attention garnered by the tragedy may finally force leaders to face these issues with more honesty. So long as Washington and Mexico City refuse to jointly and publicly acknowledge endemic corruption, Mexican citizens will bear the burden of the costs.
    To date, however, the White House has not held the Mexican government accountable for its country’s turmoil. Peña Nieto’s visit to the White House in January 2015 was anti-climatic and disappointed many hoping for more direct words from President Obama on corruption and human rights abuses. The leaders’ security discussions focused on drug cartels, not government failures or missteps. The President has also called for another $120 million for Mexico in FY 2016, with a sizeable portion allocated for security at the country’s southern border.”

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