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Mexican Drug War Violence Is Going off the Charts

By Phillip S. Smith, DRCNet. Posted January 21, 2009.

Mexico's drug war has escalated to the level of increasing concern
among US policy and defense analysts.

http://www.alternet.org/drugreporter/121509/

President-elect Barack Obama met Monday with Mexican President Felipe
Calderón to discuss bilateral issues of major importance for the two
countries. In addition to NAFTA and immigration policy, Mexico's
ongoing plague of prohibition-related violence was high on the agenda.

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This week, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff jumped on the bandwagon. In
their report, The Joint Operating Environment 2008, which examines
global threats to the US, the Joint Chiefs warned that Mexico was one
of the two countries most in danger of becoming a failed state. The
other was Pakistan.

"The Mexican possibility may seem less likely," the report noted, "but
the government, its politicians, police, and judicial infrastructure
are all under sustained assault and pressure by criminal gangs and
drug cartels. How that internal conflict turns out over the next
several years will have a major impact on the stability of the Mexican
state. Any descent by Mexico into chaos would demand an American
response based on the serious implications for homeland security
alone."

But for all the dire warnings of doom, the incoming president gave
little sign that he would do anything other than stay the course. Nor
did he suggest in any way that he would make a radical break with US
drug policy on the border. Obama has stated publicly that he supports
the Mérida Initiative aid package, and Monday he limited his public
remarks to generalities.
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