...In talks with top Mexican defense and military officials, he said he emphasized the Pentagon's readiness to provide new intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance help, such as unmanned drones to spy on armed drug gangs, especially along the U.S. border.
...The admiral said he and his Mexican hosts did not discuss the possibility of placing U.S. troops on the U.S.-Mexican border, an idea suggested by Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Technical assistance for counter-insurgency. Call me paranoid, but doesn't this sound very similar to the baby-step-by-baby-step escalation we have seen in the past from the U.S. government in other countries (I am guessing there were almost identical statements in the early stages of our involvement in Vietnam).
If some American citizens end up murdered as a result of the spiraling violence, particularly if they happen to be on U.S. soil at the time, look for the next baby step - calls for U.S. special forces to assist in "training".