Mexico’s War on America’s Border

Ryan Mauro is a fellow with the Clarionproject.org, the founder of WorldThreats.com and a frequent national security analyst for Fox News Channel. He can be contacted at ryanmauro1986@gmail.com.


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Texas Governor Rick Perry caused a stir last week when he suggested that the deployment of U.S. troops into Mexican territory may be necessary, pointing out that five of his state’s citizens died in the past two weeks. The fight against the barbaric drug cartels has escalated each year since 2007, and terrorist groups are looking to benefit from the chaos. It has become a full-scale war worthy of attention, but Perry seems to be the only major politician sounding the alarm.

“I think you have the same situation as you had in Colombia,” Perry accurately said. About 31,000 people have been killed in the Mexican drug war since December 2006 — more than five times the number of American soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001. And it is getting worse. There has been a 53 percent increase in murders since last year, with 10,000 murders so far this year.

Last week, four people in Tijuana were murdered in one day, with two having their corpses hung from a bridge and one being decapitated. Almost the entire population of 6,000 of Ciudad Mier near the Texan border has fled. A Pentecostal minister who fled said, “We have no mayor, no police, no transit system. We have been left to fend for ourselves.”

The drug cartels are so strong that the authorities fighting them must be genuinely concerned for their lives. In October, an American tourist was shot while riding a jet ski near Ciudad Mier. The investigator assigned by the Mexican authorities was killed only days later with his head found in a suitcase in front of military barracks. In August, 72 illegal immigrants on their way to the U.S. were found massacred by the Zetas at a ranch in the state of Tamaulipas that borders Mexico. Here again, the lead investigator was murdered within two days.

The violence has already spilled into the U.S. The federal government has placed signs along 60 miles of Interstate 8 in Arizona warning people of the danger in the area. This is over 100 miles north of the Mexican border and less than 50 miles south of Phoenix, well into American territory. Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County says that local law enforcement has been overpowered by the cartels and that the “Mexican drug cartels literally do control parts of Arizona.”

“They literally have scouts on the high points in the mountains and in the hills and they literally control movement. They have radios, they have optics, they have night-vision goggles as good as anything law enforcement has,” Sheriff Babeu said.

There are strong indications that terrorist groups are aware of the opportunity open to them in Mexico and are taking advantage of it. In July, a Hezbollah-like car bomb killed four people in Ciudad Juarez. This came shortly after Rep. Sue Myrick reported that a high-level Mexican army officer had informed her of information about Hezbollah training drug traffickers in bomb production. Several car bombs have since been detonated in Mexico. The Mexican authorities have arrested a Hezbollah operative in Tijuana trying to set up a network using Mexican nationals with Lebanese backgrounds.

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  • malcolmkyle

    If you support prohibition then you are NOT a conservative.
    Conservative principles, quite clearly, ARE:

    1) Limited, locally controlled government.
    2) Individual liberty coupled with personal responsibility.
    3) Free enterprise.
    4) A strong national defense.
    5) Fiscal responsibility.

    Prohibition is actually an authoritarian War on the Constitution and all civic institutions of our great nation.

    It's all about the market and cost/benefit analysis. Whether any particular drug is good, bad, or otherwise is irrelevant! As long as there is demand for any mind altering substance, there will be supply; the end! The only affect prohibiting it has is to drive the price up, increase the costs and profits, and where there is illegal profit to be made criminals and terrorists thrive.

    The cost of criminalizing citizens who are using substances no more harmful than similar things that are perfectly legal like alcohol and tobacco, is not only hypocritical and futile, but also simply not worth the incredible damage it does.

    Afghani farmers produce approx. 93% of the world's opium which is then, mostly, refined into street heroin then smuggled throughout Eastern and Western Europe.

    Both the Taliban and the terrorists of al Qaeda derive their main income from the prohibition-inflated value of this very easily grown crop, which means that Prohibition is the "Goose that laid the golden egg" and the lifeblood of terrorists as well as drug cartels. Only those opposed, or willing to ignore this fact, want things the way they are.

    See: How opium profits the Taliban: http://tinyurl.com/37mr86k

    or: A GLOBAL OVERVIEW OF NARCOTICS-FUNDED TERRORIST GROUPS http://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/pdf-files/NarcsFundedTe

    Prohibition provides America's sworn enemies with financial "aid" and tactical "comforts". The Constitution of the United States of America defines treason as:
    "Article III / Section 3. Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort."

    Support for prohibition is therefor an act of treason against the Constitution, and a dire threat to the nation's civic institutions.

    The Founding Fathers were not social conservatives who believed that citizens should be subordinate to any particular narrow religious moral order. That is what the whole concept of unalienable individual rights means, and sumptuary laws, especially in the form of prohibition, were something they continually warned about.

    It’s time for us all to wise up and help curtail the dangerous expansions of federal police powers, the encroachments on individual liberties, and the increasing government expenditure devoted to enforcing the unworkable and dangerous policy of drug prohibition.

    To support prohibition you have to be either a socialist, ignorant, stupid, brainwashed, insane or corrupt.

    * The US national debt has increased at an average rate of $3,000,000000 per day since 2006. http://www.usdebtclock.org/
    * The unemployment rate has increased by 7300 per day since 2008.
    * The loss of manufacturing jobs has been 1400 per day since 2006.
    * Without the legalized regulation of opium products Afghanistan will continue to be a bottomless pit in which to throw countless billions of tax dollars and wasted American lives.
    * The hopeless situation in Afghanistan is helping to destabilize it's neighbor, Pakistan, which is a country with nuclear weapons.
    * The mayhem in Mexico has deteriorated so badly that it’s bordering on farcical.

    There is nothing conservative about prohibition, which enlists the most centralized state power in displacement of domestic and community roles. There is everything authoritarian and subversive about this policy which has incinerated American traditions such as Freedom and Federalism with its puritanical flames. Any person seeking to insure and not further compromise the safety of their family and of their neighbors must not only repudiate prohibition but help spearhead its abolition.

    We will always have adults who are too immature to responsibly deal with tobacco alcohol, heroin amphetamines, cocaine, various prescription drugs and even food. Our answer to them should always be: "Get a Nanny, and stop turning the government into one for the rest of us!"

    • lafn

      “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” — John Adams

    • Triple_AAA

      Do you really want people to have free access to cocaine, heroin, or pcp. In the US, in particular, when something is illegal, it has a stigma, making it legal, could lead some to experiment and for what, because we want "absolute freedom". If we are to use this logic, then let's make the possession of nuclear devices, biological and chemical agents legal. Freedom is an equilibrium, we must do everything in our power to protect it, even if it means doing some pretty "unfree" things in the process, otherwise we could easily slip into anarchy on the one hand or totalitarianism on the other.

      • Sensible

        Who said anything about “free access?” – Addicts go to a doctor and get a prescription. Income from a regular job will support their habit and the drug gangs and cartels get nothing. We don’t need to put crack next to the nacho chips at the store to end prohibition.

        Beware, though, that the lack of the cartels’ billions flowing into banks and Wall St will have a negative effect in those areas.

    • ebonystone

      I have to agree with you, Malcolm. We've lost the "war on drugs". They should be legalized, and regulated, just as we regulate tobacco and alcohol. They could be a good source of tax revenue. Even heavily taxed, like cigarettes and spirits, they would be cheaper than at present. As it is, the extreme profits from the drug trade have corrupted police forces, prisons, and judges.
      It should be noted that drugs were mostly legal until the late 19th c. Anyone could buy and use opium, hashish, marijuana, cocaine, morphine, etc. The move to make them illegal was part of the progressive movement that also brought us Prohibition. We finally realized that that was a failure and abandoned it. We should do the same for other drugs.

  • al Kidya

    And the Obama administration wants a free flow of illegal immigrants from Mexico? Does the US really want this kind of individual in their country? I certainly wouldn't.

    • http://www.okcteaparty.org Dan

      Definitely not. Vote Him out so we can get a vote passed to secure the border and vote the illegals out.

  • Andres de Alamaya

    If the Feds can't get off their behinds, let the border states organize militias and introduce some draconian action with cross-border raids and taking no prisoners. Then let Obama sue them to win applause from the drug lords.

  • Lee Poteet

    We need a few fighter pilots to take out those advance posts.

  • Robert

    Not only that, there is a move by the Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar and a few right-placed politicians, to place more land along the Mexican border into Wildlife Refuge status, meaning this will be an area where the Border Patrol and other agencies cannot go. Recently access to the Arizona land in this article was denied due to the presence of the Senorian Prong Horned Antalope…as if the antalope were staying in an area were 10,000 illegals were crossing a month.

    • coyote3

      I can assure you antelope are in no way becoming exitinct. There are more antelope now, than when the settlers came west.

  • Triple_AAA

    I totally agree with this assessment. Mexico's military is a laughing stock & their government / electorate have shown their incompetence, Mexicans spend less per capita on defense than virtually everyone else. There is no semblance of law in order there, cartels, particularly the Zetas, are in control. The spillover has already occurred throughout our southern border. It's going to take American military muscle and boots on the ground to secure the hell that is northern Mexico. Gov. Rick Perry needs to run for president in 2012!

  • sue805

    Those signs warning our citizens to stay off our own land are a disgrace! The Obama administration is more interested in pimping for the hispanic vote than in protecting American citizens, which IS THEIR JOB!!! We in AZ don't get protection, we just get a lawsuit by the DOJ when we try to protect ourselves!! Two more years of this, if we survive!!

    • NStahl

      The states of Arizona, New Mexico (maybe), and Texas have to establish their own state guards. The state guard members would gain combat experience quickly since the war zone is in their own neighborhoods.

  • Rifleman

    We should employ our ANG snipers and special forces along both sides of the border, that's constitutional and effective. I don't know if the ANG has Predators, but they should, and they should use them as well. Since most of it's a No-Go zone for US citizens already, we should use our Southern Border for military training. TDB if the Mexican government doesn't like it.

  • wasicu36

    We need to bring EVERYONE back from Iraq and Afghanistan, put a division of Marines on the border and turn em loose. And send a platoon to march the buffoon out of the WH!

  • http://www.shugartpoliticalaction.shugartmedia.com/index.html Tar_n_Feathers

    An Al-Qaeda/drug cartel alliance? Sounds like a leftwing military apparatus dream team to me.

  • BS77

    I am so sick of hearing about sanctuary cities, and all the liberal entitlement programs for illegals, the shrugging apathy for the billions of dollars it costs every year to pay for illegal immigration…for the crime, the courts, the jails, the welfare, the emergency medical servicesl, the DUIs that kill AMericans every day, the endless tax payer based provisions for non citizens…….ENOUGH!!!!! Our nation cannot afford to allow this to continue For twenty years people have been shouting from the roof tops: STOP ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. Stand with Arizona and Texas……and Californians who are demanding a response to this catastrophe…and that's what it is….a disaster.

  • Billsocal

    This wouldn't be something new or something the US hasn't done before. I don't the American people aren't taught about history in early part of 20th century. Just before we entered WW1 the racist President Wilson sent US troops into Mexico because of violence along the border. The US Army troops were led by Gen Black Jack Pershing. Old Blood and Guts George Patton was part of the American Army Force. This in response to problems being caused by Pancho Villa on the border. I also think that Douglas MacArthur was part of a force that occupied Vera Cruz Mexico. So the violence long the border isn't something that is new. It has happened off and on over the years.
    We must remember the Mexican government has never taken care of the common Mexican citizen only the wealthy class in Mexico. It remains the same today. The US is the welfare program for the Mexican government. Mexico has a lot of mineral wealth but yet can not take care of its citizens.

    • coyote3

      Oh, they can take care of their people. Why should they, when they have the U.S. to do it for them?

    • http://www.mysapce.com/freddawes1776/ Fred Dawes

      the racists mexican Attack the USA We had a right to beat the hell our of mexico. and when i hear Mexican write or talk about race hate that is a joke to me. and yes BILLsocal all your point are right on the mexico city Rats.

  • So Cal Mike

    Recently I spoke with a kid from Mexico living here illegally.
    He told me the town he came from is now controlled by narco gangs.

    When I asked what he thought we should do, he said "Send in the army."
    I said the Mexican Army.
    He said "No, the US Army. That's the only way to get the job done."
    This from a young illegal working and living here in the U.S.

    And we wouldn't even need to send in the Army. We could do it with Predator and Reaper Drones.
    That border lake where the tourists was killed would be a good place to start.

    • Rob

      Alcohol prohibition created Al Capone.
      Cocaine prohibition created the Zetas and Gulf Cartel.
      The cartels created violence enough to drive millions of mexicans up here.

      You militarize the border…they'll just pack the drugs in regular shipping freight (as if they don't now). Do you think the military's going to give every trucker coming across the border a screening like the TSA?

      End drug prohibition and these thugs will not have a huge financial incentive to work together.

      • Rocky Moutain

        Sometimes on paper making "drugs" legal can sound ok. Obviously some of the illegal trafficking will go away but the people who are already invested in the trade will remain only now they will become respected members of the business community.

        The other real, and I think sometimes unconsidered problem, is that use and users can't help but increase. How could it be otherwise. Could it be that we create a new, larger class of users and abusers?

        I think that the people who advocate so strenuously for legalization are just tokers who want to smoke without worries; i.e. about themselves and the state of everything else.

  • June

    Could anyone who is supposed to be in charge in this country please tell me why americans by the millions are being scanned and patted down while millions of illegal aliens and perhaps terrorists are pouring over our border daily and our government doesn't raise a finger to stop them?

  • snhindy

    The wrong person / persons are in charge, this is how we got here to start with. This did not just start in 2008. It was well on it's way before that. It would seem that some people were in bed with each other before 2008. Now the borders are "safer then ever".

    We need a "TSA" scanning machine at the border for thoses trucks and legals while the US Army takes care of the land. This would put the Army to work doing what it does best and could be used for training at the same time. This would bring a quick stop to the problems in more then just one area of the USA.

  • http://selectio.pl So Lasaint

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  • alexander

    nobody in our gove knows what to do, thus they ignore the problem – BIG problem.
    Bunch of amateurs……Ask/mimic Israelis, dolts.

  • USMCSniper

    The USA needs to have highly covert operations as "espuadroes le morte" that target cartel leaders for termination and their drug factories for destruction. If you are going to play war learn the rules. Play to win not to participate is the first rule.

  • BS77

    I read over twenty five percent of the inmates in jails and prisons along the border states….CA, AZ NM, TX……….are illegals….that is, thousands upon thousands who have committed serioius crimes in the USA….thousands more have not been arrested yet…fugitives from justice in Mexico and other nations are able to hide in the USA in the "sanctuary cities" where they continue to steal, to hold up stores etc etc……..It's time to stand with Arizona…..stop the illegal, arrest the illegal DEPORT the illegal. what is so difficult about doing this? These illegals DO NOT BELONG in the US and must be DEPORTED. I cannot understand the liberal oppositiion to Federal law. I am in favor of some sort of limited and conditional amnesty for those who can prove they have been working here for an extended period, have good records and REFERENCES…..are able to maintain themselves and their families…..but NO blanket amnesty.

  • nondhimmicrat

    It would all stop tomorrow if americans would stop using illegal drugs.(and abusing legal ones for that matter). Looks like the drug gangs are carving Aztlan out without even realizing they're doing it. Aztlan is some concept. They plan to take back 30 percent of the
    U.S. landmass and make it just as great as Mexico. I suppose they'll be sneaking across the Red,Platte and Missouri soon after that becomes fact, I wouldnt advise them trying to
    wade the Mississippi, though.

    • http://www.mysapce.com/freddawes1776/ Fred Dawes

      you are right, but understand 80 percent of all drug using fools are in fact not white, see FBI Report.

  • rangerrebew

    Send in an army division of TSA gropers to check the drug dealers with the same "care" they screen Americans and it will all stop.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    When the American voters give us a government that can do it's
    job, we can handle our problems, until then we have to take what
    comes no matter what. Someday after next January the ball may
    be rolling in our court and the leftists, narco-thugs, terrorists and
    assorted enemies of America may get what's coming to them. One
    of the first things needed to be done is to fire almost every person
    in our so called legal-justice system and start from scratch, it is
    full of leftists and low life forms, with some exceptions………..William

  • http://www.mysapce.com/freddawes1776/ Fred Dawes

    The USA Will not disappear but in time this nation will be dead not of its ideals but from within, and yes and no WilliamJamesWard if this war on Americans is not stopped and if our so called borders become so opened that anyone from any-place can come into what was a nation within 2 years and if obama gets his race Amnesty and legalization of people who hate this nation from other counties who now live here," We will become the nothing nation", AND WE Will mean nothing and this nation once called the USA Will disappear and will be just like Mexico and fall to our enemies like Mexico and china.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      We can be sure of a few things Fred, the road ahead will be tough
      and we need to be ready for anything. I hope the next chapter of
      American History is the story of the great cleansing……………William

      • http://www.mysapce.com/freddawes1776/ Fred Dawes

        I hope that God will stop this evil and madness. sad to say that people just really don't get what will happen and can happen.

        • WilliamJamesWard

          The potential is vast for our undoing, I see it, you see it and
          many are making headway to correct the wrongs of life today.
          We may live long enough to see just what we can do in the
          battle against evil in all of its various forms, it's suffocating the
          good life out of America. We still have it Fred and that drives the
          left crazy……………………………………………………………William

  • gartano

    Well,I have read all these comments,and it seems that WE THE PEOPLE , are afraid of this border bullsh$$. Well, so Am I.But, What are we going to do about it? I`ll tell you what. NOTHING, thats right, NOTHING. Why? Because we listen to what our president tells us, like things are getting better. It has been time to go on the attack , to protect our nation from every evil that surrounds us, especially ILLEGALS.Not just the ones from Mexico, but from all over the world.Our country must come first. Our people must be protected first. Not other countries that can`t help them selves. We , are becoming one of the countries that can`t help our selves. This is starting to look like BAD MAX., the movie.First, We The people, must decide if our government is for the people,or against the people of U>S>A>. Then if they are not, we must take up arms,But if we decide that our government is with us, then we must demand a leader to guide us. And I don`t mean someone who sits on his ass all day, or plays golf all day,and just pretends he knows how to run this country. We don`t need votes. We need Action.Can anyone believe that Obama wants to sue our own states,and make our own land off limits to Americans? Wll, I have said what I feel, so somebody take the reins and GUIDE US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, INSTEAD OF SENDING US TO THE SLAUGHTER.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      The leader will come forward but in due time, the time is
      short and that is the good news, the bad news is for our
      enemies foreign and domestic, their day will be over, the
      call will come and more of us will be ready than not………William

  • sue805

    Thanks for your thoughts…we'll just keep plugging along and look forward to 2012 when there might be some REAL "change we can believe in"!! p.s. I went 3 yrs to MT St U in Missoula…miss it a lot…