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    'Hit teams' attack US consular staff, families in Mexico: US

    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Suspected drug cartel "hit teams" gunned down an American consular employee and her husband in a Mexican border city and killed a co-worker's Mexican husband in a separate attack, a US official said Sunday.


    The victims -- two Americans and a Mexican -- came under fire in separate locations as they were driving Saturday through Ciudad Juarez after earlier attending the same social event, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.


    The killings marked an ominous turn in the drug violence wracking northern Mexico, and prompted the State Department to announce that Americans working at six US consulates in the border area could send their families away.

    Times are bad in Mexico, but the latest attacks are acts of war. I am not against bombing runs on the homes of cartel members for starters. The way I see it, if the Mexican government can't do the job it needs to do, then we should do it for them.

    Article is here.
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    Re: 'Hit teams' attack US consular staff, families in Mexico: US

    I would say the problem is a number problem. The more you get involved, any troops you put on the ground. Any FBI agents or CIA you send into the field, any bombing you do will be met with retaliation at in a severe case the highest levels of government.

    If you wanna get involved to that point, be ready for the consequences.

    Its a dangerous situation to your country in any way you act.

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    Re: 'Hit teams' attack US consular staff, families in Mexico: US

    Wow

    My brother-in-law just got his visa from the consulate in Ciudad Juarez in February. My sister, mom, brother-in-law, and baby niece were in and around Juarez in January (where they spent time between there and Oxaca).


    They believe the travel advisory to be a bit hyped, but that it did feel like a military state, as there were soldiers around every corner. Yet they did not feel threatened walking around their hotel and outside of their hotel (but couldn't stray too far).

    The escalation is expected. Increasing the military/police presence is not going to defeat the cartel, as it is too powerful and too entrenched in that area.
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    Re: 'Hit teams' attack US consular staff, families in Mexico: US

    It's time to send in hunter/killer teams and start chopping off the heads of cartel members, regardless of their position within the cartel.
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    Re: 'Hit teams' attack US consular staff, families in Mexico: US

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Times are bad in Mexico, but the latest attacks are acts of war. I am not against bombing runs on the homes of cartel members for starters. The way I see it, if the Mexican government can't do the job it needs to do, then we should do it for them.

    Article is here.
    This is definitely an act of war. I think it's time for serious business with the cartels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    The more you get involved, any troops you put on the ground.
    Yes, not worth starting something unless we're willing to do what it takes to end it.

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    Re: 'Hit teams' attack US consular staff, families in Mexico: US

    I reckon Mexico's decriminalizing pot didn't have quite the positive effect that some folks predicted.
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    Re: 'Hit teams' attack US consular staff, families in Mexico: US

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    Wow

    My brother-in-law just got his visa from the consulate in Ciudad Juarez in February. My sister, mom, brother-in-law, and baby niece were in and around Juarez in January (where they spent time between there and Oxaca).


    They believe the travel advisory to be a bit hyped, but that it did feel like a military state, as there were soldiers around every corner. Yet they did not feel threatened walking around their hotel and outside of their hotel (but couldn't stray too far).

    The escalation is expected. Increasing the military/police presence is not going to defeat the cartel, as it is too powerful and too entrenched in that area.
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    Re: 'Hit teams' attack US consular staff, families in Mexico: US

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    I reckon Mexico's decriminalizing pot didn't have quite the positive effect that some folks predicted.
    What kind of moron would have expected the decriminalization of penalties for possession of small amounts of pot to have a positive effect on violence between cartels that traffic tens of thousands of kilos of pot/cocaine/heroin?

    The point of decriminalizing small amounts of drugs is to reduce spending on pointless prosecutions and, in Mexico's case, to prevent corrupt cops from shaking down small time users.

    The two are entirely unrelated.
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    Re: 'Hit teams' attack US consular staff, families in Mexico: US

    Since there are two cartels, then there are two separate leaders. Bomb both their houses first with incendiary bombs then follow up with bunker busting bombs for underground structures.

    Follow it up with destroying those parts of trafficking network that can be identified and cause minimal collateral damage.
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