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Much of Mexico is now under the grip of drug-related violence that has claimed 30,000 lives since president Felipe Calderon declared war on organized criminal gangs in December, 2006. While polls show support for the president's policy, they also show that a large percentage of people believe the government is losing the war.
"People sometimes think I exaggerate when I talk about Mexico being at war, but there are certain parts of the country which clearly have war-like conditions," said Salazar.
"The question is what is the United States going to do to help the Mexican government, to help the Mexican people confront these organizations on the one hand and, too, the us cannot assume that this type of violence is not going to filter back into the United States," said Ana Maria Salazar.
But Mexico is a sovereign country and the United States has few options to help beyond training and material support. Under the Merida initiative, the United States is providing Mexico with $1.4 billion in anti-drug assistance and on a visit to Mexico earlier this week U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced $500 million in additional aid for this year.
Originally posted by PeoriaAZ
The question is what is the US going to do, well, I believe nothing yet, they are making too much funding for their black operations right now, eventually they will
Mexico has plenty of oil, so why haven't we taken that oil? It is much closer [/sarcasm]
Originally posted by laurosantos
All the U.S. wants from Mexico is the drug trade. Oil is worth so much more to the U.S. than drugs so we only invade countries and lend a hand if there's oil. So we won't invade/help. Ever.