During the election cycle, and really over the past decade, foreign policy discussions were focused mostly on the Middle East with a splash of China a
Meanwhile, immigration and border issues are normally seen as a domestic problem.
We need a distinct priority shift, giving the issues in Mexico more play in foreign policy
Foreign aid map
Why do we send over 8 billion to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Egypt? 3 billion to Israel?
And just 270 million
to a country with analogous problems:
Over 40% of the country’s population is poor (living on less than $2 per day), while close to 18% is extremely poor (living on less than $1 per
Many are poor in Mexico, and it could be argued that there is more poverty in Mexico than Egypt, relatively, when considering regional context.
Mexico shouldn't be a dire straights economically, considering it's status as a neighbor to the US.
Aid is supposedly sent on grounds of economic assistance, but also humanitarian. This should further make Mexico a country that deserves a high
15,000 murders in 2010! www.guardian.co.uk...
Foreign Aid is not the answer to anything of course, but the budget shows where our priorities are. We have an area every bit as anarchic as Iraq, and
it is right below our own border.
Why the lack of concern?
The common conspiracy theory to answer that question, is that the drug business has close ties to some American operations, namely the CIA.
This is a difficult situation, because there is a possibility that the Mexican government is highly infiltrated, and that the US government stands to
gain from the activities of the cartels. At some point, we need to have some people step up and make Mexico a higher priority for America on
humanitarian grounds. We need more to take an approach that seems to be lacking in all areas of policy making, which is to simply leave selfish
pursuits out and try and make a better life for the public.