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    "It's a War": Mexico Under Siege

    Mexico's Drug War - Stories, Photos, Videos - Mexico Under Siege - World News - Los Angeles Times

    If you aren't taking this seriously, you aren't paying attention. What should the U.S. be doing?

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    Re: "It's a War": Mexico Under Siege

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Mexico's Drug War - Stories, Photos, Videos - Mexico Under Siege - World News - Los Angeles Times

    If you aren't taking this seriously, you aren't paying attention. What should the U.S. be doing?
    Legalize drugs. Kill the market, deprive the cartels of their funds. If they still manage to pose a threat to Calderon, troops on the border ASAP.

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    Re: "It's a War": Mexico Under Siege

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Mexico's Drug War - Stories, Photos, Videos - Mexico Under Siege - World News - Los Angeles Times

    If you aren't taking this seriously, you aren't paying attention. What should the U.S. be doing?
    We should be running covert search and destroy missions inside Mexico to kill drug cartel members and interdict the flow of north bound drug shipments.
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    Re: "It's a War": Mexico Under Siege

    The war on drugs is really starting to get ridiculous. Having a destabilized country on our border is far more dangerous than all the hard drugs combined. I can't say I am fan of what many drugs do to people, but organized crime capable of destroying a nation state is a worse consequence. Marijuana is so tame by comparison its not even close.

    The military option is a more complicated issue. Although we would be fighting another insurgency, it might not turn out quite as badly. Drug gangs are motivated more by money than anything else, and might not show the same suicidal tenacity. On the other hand, it is quite risky to assume that they won't give it everything they got. Underestimating the enemies will to fight rarely leads to victory.

    Other complications include exactly what the Mexican government does during all this. One would hope they would be motivated out of self-interest to invite us to help, but you can't really count on that. Going in without consent might work in the short term, but the long term consequences of it would be rather unappealing.

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    Re: "It's a War": Mexico Under Siege

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    Legalize drugs. Kill the market, deprive the cartels of their funds. If they still manage to pose a threat to Calderon, troops on the border ASAP.
    As to legalizing these drugs.........

    STUPID!
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    Re: "It's a War": Mexico Under Siege

    Quote Originally Posted by a777pilot View Post
    As to legalizing these drugs.........

    STUPID!
    Yea because the Drug War has been working sooooo well.
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    Re: "It's a War": Mexico Under Siege

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Mexico's Drug War - Stories, Photos, Videos - Mexico Under Siege - World News - Los Angeles Times

    If you aren't taking this seriously, you aren't paying attention. What should the U.S. be doing?
    Provide all material aid that we can to Mexico, allocate more intelligence assets to the region, and pass along any useful information found.

    I don't think we can fight the war for Mexico, but we can at least provide that much.

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    Re: "It's a War": Mexico Under Siege

    Quote Originally Posted by a777pilot View Post
    As to legalizing these drugs.........

    STUPID!
    Sustaining the black market for drugs which funds the narcotrafficantes is an intelligent thing to do?

    If you want less of something, you tax it, you don't ban it. Legalize drugs and put some decent sin taxes on them. Less drug use, more government revenue, and less money for drug cartels. That's a win-win-win scenario.

    As long as we make drugs illegal, there will be people attempting to supply drug users illegally. Prohibition has never worked.

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    Re: "It's a War": Mexico Under Siege

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Mexico's Drug War - Stories, Photos, Videos - Mexico Under Siege - World News - Los Angeles Times

    If you aren't taking this seriously, you aren't paying attention. What should the U.S. be doing?
    There are only a few viable options. The easiest is legalize the cartel's two biggest money makers: Pot and cocaine. The only other option is a coordinated U.S.-Mexican operation to fight them. But that will not be easy in terms of the politics and would last a long time.
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    Re: "It's a War": Mexico Under Siege

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    Legalize drugs. Kill the market, deprive the cartels of their funds. If they still manage to pose a threat to Calderon, troops on the border ASAP.
    Realistically, it's simply not going to happen any time soon. That is a pie in the sky type solution.

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