"Mexican president rejects 'failed state' label."
Well, I suppose he would.
He also says he'll have the war on the drugs pretty much wrapped up when he leaves office in 2012.
Mean more than 1,000 people have been killed in Mexican war-on-drugs violence in the first eight weeks of 2009. According to the Mexican Attorney General, Eduardo Medina Mora, the total killed in 2008 (6,290) was double that of 2007. About 90% are suspected drug traffickers; 6% police and soldiers; 4% innocents caught in the crossfire.
Medina Mora also took a page from our DEA and starting marking shit up. He said the cartels are "melting down" under pressure from turf wars and the national crackdown. He also lied when he says that US cocaine prices have increased 100% and purity dropped by 35% since the Mexican crackdown began in 2006.
Why do foreign leaders lie? Because American leaders pay them. That's what foreign aid is all about. We give them money. But I guess the gravy train runs out for former presidents. They start telling the truth.