Politics, Foreign Policy, Current Events and Occasional Outbursts Lacking Couth

Training your own enemy:

As many as 200 U.S.-trained Mexican security personnel have defected to drug cartels to carry out killings on both sides of the border and as far north as Dallas, Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble, told Congress on Wednesday.

The renegade members of Mexico's elite counter-narcotics teams trained at Fort Benning, Ga., have switched sides, contributing to a wave of violence that has claimed some 6,000 victims over the past 30 months, including prominent law enforcement leaders, the Houston-area Republican told the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The slaughter has gained urgency amid high-profile assassinations of law officers in Mexico since May 1, claiming six senior officers, five of them with the federal police.

The Mexican nation-state is slowly dissolving and antiquated US policy is part of the catalyst and now, unwitting contributer to the event, empowering drug cartels through enabling a massive and incredibly profitable black market. This will bleed north into Latino gangs here in the states (as though it hasn't, to a degree, already done so) and we can all, together, celebrate the success of America's war on drugs. Mass shootings in Texas, cartel control of east Los Angeles and a viral spread throughout the US. Won't that be fun. Can hardly wait. Just say No. Hard fried egg, brain and a well armed counter culture who's basis is a black market enabled by American policy. Good times.


G said...

Very Interesting. I wonder if the primary motivation for defection was money. It would seem it would be. Perhaps if they were motivated by money then they could be exploited in some manner. Not so much in the sense of buying them off (as the defectors are probably unscrupulous as to who they receive money from and have a history of receiving money and doing something else).

Perhaps another way is to pump heaps of money into urban and rural assassination markets ( to create conditions where individuals within the gangs wipe each other out in an anonymous manner. Although I could see blowback occuring from that as well (mass reprisals for killing key individuals within the gangs and so on).

Anonymous said...

I've always thought one of the best angles for a anti-globalizations, anti-US movement would be to fight an actual war on drugs. Identifying supply routes, exposing suppliers and those who protect them, and most of all, exposing the DEA/CIA/FBI/etc agents who make the international drug cartels possible.

Heroin and Cocaine are a major lifeline for Wall Street right now, some of the only real profits they have. If memory serves, Mexico's GDP is $4 billion yet Mexico banks over $15 billion in the US every year. This is a very open secret, and a major source of capital for the existing power structure in the US.

Ymarsakar said...

At this rate, Iraq's going to be a paradise compared to the US Southern border.

Strategically in the long run, winning in Iraq would be the primary determinator of the fate of the US border with mexico. If the US wins in Iraq, then the expertise and knowledge gained there can be applied to the insurgency being funded and forwarded North by Mexico. If the US loses or withdraws, which means the same thing, then the US's chance of upholding law and order at the border decreases dramatically.

Identifying supply routes, exposing suppliers and those who protect them, and most of all, exposing the DEA/CIA/FBI/etc agents who make the international drug cartels possible.

If you put the military geniuses to the job there, after they had gotten done working in Iraq, you would get results.

What's in the way is precisely because people in the US government know how effective the US military would be, that they refuse to use them on the border with any kind of free fire ROE.

Jay@Soob said...

Or we could legalize and regulate and trade a marginal increase in domestic strife (higher addiction rates) for a geo-political boon globally and markedly reduced crime domestically.

Thirty Seven, could you provide a semblance of evidence for your rather interesting claims? Specifically the bit about Wall St. and the complicity of various US law enforcement agencies. I'm truly intrigued.