March 19th, 2009
11:57 AM ET

Mexico meltdown II – are we serious yet?

Program Note: AC360° will be reporting live from Mexico next week where we'll have full coverage on the situation in Mexico.

Bay Buchanan

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/03/17/mexican.drug.war/art.drug.war.gi.jpg caption="A member of the Mexican Federal Police patrols in Ciudad Juarez during a recent operation to fight drugs."]

Could America finally be getting serious about our southern border?

On March 6, Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was in Mexico to offer military assistance in their escalating war against the drug lords. This after several U.S. intelligence reports found that Mexico now presented as worse threat to our national security than Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan or Pakistan. Now President Obama says he’s considering putting troops on the border.

According to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Mexico now appears ready to accept the kind of help they shunned only months ago. Last week on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Gates said, “ I think we are beginning to be in a position to help the Mexicans more than we have in the past…..I think some of the old biases against cooperation between militaries and so on, I think, are being satisfied.”


Filed under: Mexico • Raw Politics
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Agrownman

    Its sad,America caters to all other countries but its own.This country needs to focus more or its own the others.Other people come from countries all over the world,and get a better oppertunity then american people,And this is our HOME.."Its Sicking"

    March 19, 2009 at 8:27 pm |
  2. Annie Kate

    To stop the drugs from illegally entering the country we need to stop the illegal entrance of the people as well. There are legal ways for the people to come and those should be used. Our border with Mexico will never be secure if illegal entry continues – today they may bring drugs; tomorrow they may bring bombs. Just close the border like it should have been. As for legalizing the drugs – legalizing marijuana is one thing but to legalize cocaine, heroin, and the like should never happen.

    March 19, 2009 at 8:13 pm |
  3. Michael Carroca

    Drugs are being brought into U.S from Mexico every day, and they are making large sums of money and building drug cartel miltia.This is a matter that Obama should pay close attention too, because Mexico puts the U.S in danger in more than one way.Terriost can cross into the U,S from Mexico,Obama and his people need to build better relations with Mexico and the U.S needs to lend support like they did in Columbia.

    March 19, 2009 at 7:52 pm |
  4. JC- Los Angeles

    Is Mexico planning on putting up a massive fence to prevent all our American white collar criminals from entering their country?

    It's getting harder and harder to keep pointing fingers.

    March 19, 2009 at 7:10 pm |
  5. Paul Ernest Show

    We have been getting shot, robbed and stabbed by illegal aliens for many years, and many police chiefs have been in denial. Many police men and women will tell you that. It has frustrated them. I hope we are finally serious and Mexico is serious too. That easy gateway could be just another easy passage way for foreign terrorists posing as spanish.

    March 19, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  6. G. Martinez

    Mexico is such a mess of country. I bisit my family at least once a year, but can not wait to come home to the US of A.

    Bill Richardson of New Mexico just signed a ban on the execution of convicted murderers. This is Richardson's attempt to make New Mexico into Old Mexico. As did Mexico's ban on executions cause the lives of many innocents, so will Governor Richardson's decision also cause lives.

    March 19, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  7. Jaime Barona

    Please give me a brake ! I do not where these people get all these ridicolous conclusions. Mexico being more dangerous than Irak or Agfanistan. Mexico is current engage in a tough war against not only drugs but power and control. For years Latin American countries have battled the evils of drug cartels As the shift have moved northern Mexico is the front line now. There are powerful interests between both countries that move this clandestine market between border. Everyone one knows that. The narco-business on the streets of our country are supplied by those who manage the Big cartels, both in Mexico and USA.. Who I wonder, are these people. So powerful that may contain the eye of law enforcement in both countries.
    Mexico, indeed, is facing the greatest military challenge in modern history. Everyone have known that there have been endemic corruption all along the border both in Mexico and USA, just now that awarness have come to shown the magnitute of the problem. I beleieve if there were cooperation between the two countries to combat head on this problem Mexico and USA would face stabilization in that region. Soto those who preach the gloom and doom in everything let them choose better words to express concern between freinds

    March 19, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  8. John Collister

    You know Drugs are ruining thousands of lives and killing hundreds a day, but what do DRUG dealers, growers and manufacturers get when they get caught, a slap on the wrist, or maybe a kick in the butt.
    Let's get real, people involved in the supplying of drugs, are killing people daily. We are getting rid of our DEATH PENALTY. WHY are we doing this? There are situations were a DEATH PENALTY is good. If drug suppliers are on a killing spree, AND THEY ARE, they are only interested in making money, the could care less if someone dies, from using drugs. That is practically "First Degree Murder". SO PUT THE SUPPLIERS IN AN ELECTRIC CHAIR, HANG OR SHOOT THEM.
    Drugs are illegal to use, then why do we coddle the users, PUT THEM IN JAIL FOR A YEAR OR TWO, too get off the habit. Our law-makers are a bunch of wimps. They should get off their butts and do something about DRUGS, or, resign and quit collecting the BIG BUCKS.

    March 19, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  9. Carmela

    One of my earliest memories is of my little mother–who didn't speak English, "reading" our Chicago Sun Times front to back during my childhood in the 40's and commenting, "One of the problems facing the world is the use of narcotics from China, Europe and So. America. Young people are tempted by this stuff" So, people, this problem is NOT NEW and did NOT originate in Mexico! My mom was a teacher in her little village in Mexico and drugs were unheard of there. Now in the meantime, the MOB in the US was making millions trafficking hootch and drugs. God, I love setting people straight about this stuff!!

    March 19, 2009 at 4:54 pm |

    I don't think our socialist president Barack Hussein Obama is serious at all. I saw Nancy Pelosi addressing illegal aliens telling them the borders should be open to all to come here. No wonder Califonia is drowning in red ink.

    March 19, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  11. Mike, Zephyrhills, FL

    When I see 100% inspections and xrays of vehicles going to Mexico as well as coming into US, then Ill be happy.

    Opium continues to flow out of Afghanistan and come into the USA thru airlines and mainly thru Chicago.

    Its time to bring back the draft and get these punks off our streets and teach them more than drugs and violence.

    It is also time for Hollywood and Game Makers to stop making and selling violence to our young people. Brainwashing !!

    And the Band plays on!!

    March 19, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  12. Michael "C" Lorton, VA

    I thought that the 700 million dollar fence between the borders was suppose to resolve this? Illegal immigrants were a threat to our National Security-–what do have?--about 12 million residing in the US-–now illegal weapons, drugs and money laundrying are added--the economic meltdown is a threat-–home mortgage foreclosures are a threat--etc., etc,. etc,.-you know what---living in this world is a threat-–if we are going to provide military assistance-–it should be "with no conditions" attached-–and the use of deadly force is authorized-–it would stop real sooooooon!

    March 19, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  13. xtina, chicago IL

    I wouldn't get my hopes up. When you see Obama does he LOOK like someone who will get tough on anything? After all, he's releasing terror suspects. Where is he releasing them "into"? Of course, the U.S. !!

    March 19, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  14. Dave S, Tinley Park, IL

    Just legalize the stupid drugs already. Jeez, how long are we gonna keep up this self-righteous hypocrisy?

    March 19, 2009 at 3:00 pm |