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Should The U.S. Military Help Mexico Get Rid Of The Drug Cartels?: Left of Center View

Now I know I'm supposed to be coming at you from the liberal perspective here, but I gotta say this kind of mess brings out the red-neck in me. If there are foreign nationals harming U.S. citizens then we need our government to put a swift end to it. I mean, that is the A-Number-One job of the government, protect your citizens. Ya gotta do that before you even start ogling the interns.

So the tricky part here is that you can't really go after the cartels without launching a large military action against them, which is kind of the same as invading Mexico. Look people, I know military actions make great movies, and have killer songs written about them, but we DO NOT WANT TO INVADE MEXICO, because as soon as the war is over you have to rebuild the country. If you think there are immigration problems now, just wait until you have refugees streaming across Rio Grande. It's also wrong to go invading other countries that don't attack you first, etc.

You can't really work with the Mexican government on a lot of this stuff because in the places where the cartel is strongest, they own the government. You can beef up your border presence in places where the cartel is strong on your side of the fence, but then you end up with a bunch of rules in a combat zone, and that never seems to go well for the side that is following the rules when the other side isn't. Besides, these guys are really good at tunneling, so not only do we have little to no chance of catching them cross the border, they pop up miles in-land in populated areas. If the whole point of this is to make our citizens safer, turning the suburbs into a combat zone is a no-no.

So we know we should do something, we're just not sure what or how. I'm going to suggest a radical idea here - How about asking the people who have already been working on this problem, for years. I'm not talking about the politicians who see this as a chance to further their careers or get their own private army to play with. I'm talking about the agents on the front line that have to deal with this day in and day out. You know, the people who will be putting their lives on the line. What say we do something completely different and ask them for their input on how to handle the situation? Because, I tell you the solution to this mess is not a conventional one.

Thanks for listening,

Bill


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Should The U.S. Military Help Mexico Get Rid Of The Drug Cartels?: Right of Center View

So, the way I see it, the Mexican drug cartels are acting like an invading army. They are coming into our country covertly and attacking our citizens. They have killed hundreds of Americans including law enforcement personnel in their pursuit of power and money. They are an enemy of the American people and should be treated as such. Since the Mexican government has proven unable to put an end to their activities it seems logical that they could use some help in the fight. Theyíre our ally and we should be willing to help especially since our people are threatened by the cartels as well.

Part of the problem is that the cartels have so much money that they can buy off many of the government officials in Mexico who are supposed to be fighting against them. The thing that needs to happen first if we are to work with the Mexican government is that the corruption in the Mexican government needs to be rooted out and dealt with. The cartels canít have people inside the government if there is to be any hope of beating them. Having insiders on their payroll keeps them one step ahead of the people trying to stop them. We either need to get rid of the corruption or take action without their advance knowledge.

Now we get to the really sticky part of this issue. Can we take action inside Mexico without the permission of the corrupt government of Mexico? Well, there are ways but nobody likes to talk about them. We have covert operatives and specialized military units trained to take out threats without making a lot of noise. What if we sent some special operations troops into the cartel strongholds to kill the heads of the cartels and confiscate their money? I know itís not politically correct to talk about killing people but the heads of the cartels are not really people. They are monsters who kill other people like you or I might step on a cockroach with no regard to the fact that they have just taken a human life.

It doesnít make sense to keep allowing the drug cartels to come into America, sell drugs to our children and murder our citizens in our streets. If the Mexican government is incapable of acting against the cartels then we have to. If we canít just send a bunch of bombers in to wipe them out then maybe we can take a more stealthy approach and just pick them off and take their money one by one. We have the resources to take them out and if we take their blood money from them we will have even more resources to fund the fight. We just need a government with the guts to take the fight to them and get the job done.

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