Tuesday, March 10, 2009

More on Mexico

US military chief backs counter-insurgency for Mexico

...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".

6 comments:

LPJ said...

Black Jack Pershing approves.

Restless Native said...

If we were to get involved more, ahem, directly, I think that the Vietnam analogy is weak. Vietnam was on the other side of the planet and was essentially a native people rising up against a colonizing force (and, later, its puppet).

Mexico is a hell of a lot closer and is not at all similar to Vietnam in terms of the motives of the violence. I can not believe we would do anything unless at the request of Calderón and if we were successful in assisting the Mexican authorities in eliminating the drug cartels and the concomittant violence (something I doubt very seriously as long as we keep financing and arming them) the general populace would be, overall, very pleased, in spite of any latent icky feelings they may have about the US and our projection of force into their country.

The best thing we can do is to curtail weapons sales (outlaw, baby, outlaw) and do something about buying their drugs (legalize, baby, legalize).

GammaBoy said...

Didn't mean to suggest any other parallel between Mexico and Vietnam besides our incremental increase in involvement.

Besides drugs and hookers, of course.

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Aztec Tomb said...

Fuck it. I'm on vacation and don't have time for this shit.