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Rick Perry Calls for Sending U.S. Troops to Fight Mexico’s Drug Cartels
October 4, 2011
On Saturday during a campaign stop in New Hampshire, candidate Rick Perry said the United States should send U.S. troops to Mexico to fight the drug cartels.
“It may require our military in Mexico working in concert with them to kill these drug cartels and to keep them off of our border,” he said.
Mexico’s opposition to military intervention is well-known. “The matter of the participation or presence of U.S. troops on Mexican soil is not on the table,” Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan said Monday. “It is not a component that forms part of the innovative approaches that Mexico and the United States have been using to confront transnational organized crime.”
Perry claimed U.S. intervention in Colombia stopped the cartels in that country. Instead, the effort militarized the South American country, unleashed death squads, and displaced thousands of people.
Plan Colombia was an effort by the United States and Colombia to wage war in the late 1990s against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) under the banner of fighting drug production and smuggling. The effort targeted FARC drugs while production in government controlled areas was allowed to continue.
In 1998, Colombia was the third largest recipient of U.S. military aid after Israel and Egypt. The Clinton administration committed $1.3 billion in foreign aid and up to five hundred military personnel to train local forces. Many in the region, including Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, saw the effort as an annexation of Colombia to the U.S. Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez characterized the effort as the “Vietnamization” of South America.
A similar plan was initiated in late 2007 for Mexico as a “regional security cooperation initiative.” In fact, it is part of the ongoing Security and Prosperity Partnership effort between Mexico, Canada, and the United States.
“Plan Mexico is part of SPP’s grand scheme to militarize the continent, let corporate predators exploit it, and keep people from three countries none the wiser. Most aid will go to Mexico’s military and police forces with its major portion earmarked back to US defense contractors for equipment, training and maintenance,” writes Stephen Lendman.
Rick Perry played a key role in the Security and Prosperity Partnership effort in Texas. Perry’s campaign website lists the Trans-Texas Corridor, a component of the globalist NAFTA superhighway, as one of his accomplishments.
“Perry’s record paints a much different picture than what candidate Perry would have us believe — that he’s a states rights, Constitutionally limited government conservative that’s responsible for the ‘Texas miracle.’ In reality, he’s more like an Agenda 21 globalist willing to sell America to the highest bidder,” writes Terri Hall, founder of Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom.
Last year Perry called for Obama to send National Guard troops to the border. “We must show the cartels that Washington will no longer tolerate their terrorizing and criminalizing the border region,” he wrote in a letter to the president.
The murderous Mexican drug cartels are supported and financed by international banks. In 2010, Wachovia admitted in court that it laundered money for Mexico’s cartels. “Wachovia’s blatant disregard for our banking laws gave international cocaine cartels a virtual carte blanche to finance their operations,” said Jeffrey Sloman, the federal prosecutor in charge of the Wachovia case.
In 2009, the director of the United Nations’ crime and drug watchdog group, Antonio Maria Costa, said in an interview released by Austrian weekly Profil that money made in the illicit drug trade was used to keep banks afloat during the global financial crisis. Costra’s unit found evidence that “interbank loans were funded by money that originated from drug trade and other illegal activities.”
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