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High Level U.S. Officals to Meet With Mexico Over Drug Violence

Mexico border mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – More than a week after three people linked to the U.S. Consulate in Mexico were slain, the U.S. is taking things up a notch.

The Washington Post reports “that a high-level delegation of U.S. officials, including three Cabinet secretaries, will meet with Mexican officials in Mexico City on Tuesday to discuss efforts to disrupt drug cartels as violence increasingly strikes Americans on the border.”

The paper reported that the Mexican government’s need for U.S. help has taken on a a new urgency with the latest murders involving the consulate.

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U.S. Officials See Continuation of Mexican Cartel Violence

No question, with the stakes so high, the money so plentiful, the Mexican drug trade isn’t going away any time soon. The U.S. announcement on Thursday of a major indictment including major cartel figures is good, but it certainly does NOT mark the end, or anything close to it.

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By Anthony L. Kimery
HS TODAY

US counterterrorism officials continue to be increasingly concerned about the growth of Mexico’s narco-cartels and the Mexican military’s inability to substantially break up their operations.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon earlier this year was forced to deploy military forces throughout regions of the country to try to break-up and disrupt the cartels’ activities.

But officials who spoke on background said the cartels and their “enforcers” have become emboldened and have less fear than they did several years ago to directly confront Mexican federal police and military forces, and that they no longer have hesitation about using violence to protect – and project – their operations there and in the United States.

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Ex-DEA Official Testifies About the Escalating Guns, Drugs and Violence in Mexico

By Michael Braun
Counterterrorism Blog

WASHINGTON –Today* I testified before the Subcommittee on National Security & Foreign Affairs of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the escalating violence in Mexico. My viewpoint arises from my 34 years in law enforcement and as a U.S. Marine. I served for almost four years as the Assistant Administrator and Chief of Operations with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and for one year as the Agency’s Acting Chief of Intelligence. I also served in a number of DEA offices throughout the United States, including service on both our Southern and Northern borders, on both our East and West Coasts, in the Midwest, as well as two years in various countries in Latin America.

Here are several paragraphs of that testimony, and you can download it in its entirety here

*(Braun testified on Thursday March 12, 2009)

Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Calls For U.S. To Step It Up In Helping Mexico With Drug War

Mexican drugs seized in large-scale DEA operation/dea photo

Mexican drugs seized in large-scale DEA operation/dea photo

The paper’s editorial calls for action now to take on the violent Mexican drug cartels that pose great dangers to the U.S. Sec. of Defense Robert Gates said Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press that the U.S. is in a position to help Mexico with training, resources, surveillance and intelligence. Well, no better time than the present to act.

By The Philadelphia Inquirer
Imagine if murders in Philadelphia tripled. Imagine if they quadrupled. Imagine living in Juarez, Mexico. With a population about the same as Philadelphia’s 1.4 million, Juarez had 1,600 murders last year; Philadelphia had 332.

Last month, Juarez had more than 80 murders. If you think that sounds like a war zone, you would be right. Juarez is on the front lines of the so-called war on drugs. That multi-decade misadventure has filled U.S. prisons with thousands of drug-law violators, but hasn’t done enough to stem our demand for drugs.

Overall drug use among America’s youth is down 25 percent since 2001, according to a University of Michigan study. But 32 percent of 12th graders said they used marijuana over the past year.

To Read Entire Editorial

Mexico’s Drug Violence is Arizona’s Headache Too

It seems for far too long the U.S. has failed to do enough to keep the drug violence in Mexico from spilling over into the U.S. states like Texas, Calif. and Arizona. The time has come to do something.

By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD
New York Times
PHOENIX – The raging drug war among cartels in Mexico and their push to expand operations in the United States has led to a wave of kidnappings, shootings and home invasions in Arizona, state and federal officials said at a legislative hearing on Monday.

The drug trade has long brought violence to the state, which serves as a hub as illicit drugs, like cocaine and marijuana, and illegal immigrants are smuggled to the rest of the nation.
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