Of course the border can't be sealed, not if we want free trade. So we'll keep getting their drugs, because we want them and have money. And they'll keep getting our guns, because they want them and have money. That's the way the free market works.
In a show of confidence in Calderon's efforts, the Obama administration said it would continue to send aid to support Mexico in the drug war. A senior administration official said the U.S. plans to speed up implementation of the $1.4 billion Merida Initiative, with $900 million to be doled out by the end of the year.I didn't realize that we haven't actually honored our word to give them the money we promised to give, back in 2006. That was when we told then President Fox that we would give him billions if only he backed down from his rational idea to end the drug war. He did. We didn't. "Here's your money... Psych!" What a sucker. He believed us!
I imagine it went something like this. Let's pretend Fox's first name were Bob, and that he's a fan of country and western music. The US "Good Ole Boys" of A are like The Blues Brothers. The location, naturally, is the Bunker Country de Bob:
Mexico: You know you boys owe me a lot over money for that war on drugs you want me to fight goddamnit.The drug war got ramped up and turned Northern Mexico into a killing zone.
US: We loved playing here. My brother's writing out an American Express travellers cheque to cover the extensive tab.
Mexico: Well, I sure would appreciate it.
US: I'd better check up, see how he's doing, see I have to sign it too. I usually sit in the car and write it out on the glove compartment lid. Okay?
[US walks towards the car and feels jacket pockets.]
US: Need a Pencil!
[US get in the car, quickly starts it and zooms off toward the border.]
Mexico: Them boys owe me 1.4 billion dollars!
US: Our lady of blessed acceleration don't fail me now.
Today's article also says that current President Calderon has been worried that "politicians could be tempted to return to a tacit policy of tolerating the gangs." Short of legalizing and ending the drug war, isn't that we want? Then at least we might be able to turn back the clock to 2006 before all this deadly nonsense, when there were just a few hundred prohibition deaths each year.