From the opposite end of the spectrum, I think I caught Fox News floating a bit of a trial balloon this morning about Mexico.
Even by their own standards, Fox News has been remarkably sensationalistic about the violence in Mexico. Last week, Bill O'Reilly spent a good half hour ridiculously trying to terrify parents into banning their kids' spring break jaunts to such murder hotspots as Cancun and Cabo.
This morning, the host was talking to an "expert" on the violence in Mexico, and I caught this tidbit of dialogue (I Tivoed it to get it right):
Expert: ...The fact the military is stepping in and taking control of this fight shows you how little trust the public down in Mexico has in the police. And it also shows you the seriousness of the problem that they have to bring the military in.
Host: Well, we might have to bring our military in too. A lot of people saying, hey, we might need a surge like we did in Iraq and Afghanistan. Put our own troops there....
I'm not sure who the "lot of people" are, as this is first I have heard anyone seriously suggest any value in putting U.S. troops in Mexico. Expect more chatter in the coming days - it feels like Fox is going to push this idea and force other media outlets into a debate.
One final question for Aztec and others - I am hearing anecdotally that gun sales in places like Houston are through the roof. A fellow trader based in Houston told me it is now virtually impossible to get a new handgun in Houston; there is a six month backlog. Any truth to that tale?