Vicente Fox: Mexico at “War,” Obama’s Approach a Failure

[Fulano’s note: Well, according to Chente, it’s all the US’s fault. Even the increasing use of drugs in Mexico is the US’s fault because returning immigrants bring their kids who are dopers. His suit is brown because it is made of Teflon. Nothing sticks to Chente, no way!]

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox says his nation is at “war” with drug cartels, and he offered sharp criticism of the Obama administration for failing to assist its beleaguered neighbor.

In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV on Tuesday, Fox said President Barack Obama’s administration has failed to grapple with the deteriorating situation in Mexico.

“Obama is thoroughly mixed up with all these things he’s got,” Fox said, adding: “He’s got to solve Libya. He’s got to solve Afghanistan. He’s everywhere. And this nation, I don’t know why it’s not showing the leadership and capacity to attend different issues at the same time.”

Asked if Mexico was entangled in a civil war involving the drug cartels, Fox responded: “We’re undergoing a war, no doubt — 35,000, maybe 40,000 people killed, either members of the cartels or members of the police force or members of the army. So yes, we’re undergoing a war, no doubt.

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The Bravest Woman In Mexico, Now In Texas

Marisol Valles Garcia

Does everybody remember the story of Marisol Valles Garcia ? She was the 20-year old criminology student who took the job of chief of police of Práxedis G. Guerrero. She bravely told the press that she would not leave her job due to any kind of threat and that she was unafraid.

Well, two days ago she sent in her letter of resignation and now is in Texas requesting political asylum. She and her entire family are receiving death threats from organized crime gangs.

Link to article in Spanish.

By the way, there is a yet unconfirmed story on the net that Marisol Valles has not resigned, but has only asked for two days off from work. That story is attributed to the secretary of the town of Práxedis, Andrés Arreola Morales.

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Mexico’s Calderon Not So Happy With U.S. Drug War Cooperation

[Fulano’s note: The following blog entry by Tracy Wilkinson of the Los Angeles Times, describes a typical Mexican “set-up.” President Felipe Calderon of Mexico leaves office in 21 months. The war on drug cartels will be no more resolved then than it is now. That is to say, things will be just as bad, or worse, when he leaves office in December 2012. He, and Mexico, will need to blame this failure on somebody. Guess who?]

In unusually candid comments, Mexican President Felipe Calderon has criticized U.S. agencies for failing to do their part in the fight against powerful drug cartels.

Calderon said that while Presidents Bush and Obama have been cooperative, the “institutional cooperation” has been “notoriously insufficient.”

He said the U.S., which is sending $1.4 billion in training, equipment and other drug war aid, had failed to curb drug consumption or the flow of weapons into Mexico.

The comments came in an extensive interview with the Mexican daily newspaper El Universal, published Tuesday. Here’s the complete interview in Spanish, along with various video and audio components.

Calderon, who enjoys pretty consistent public support from Washington, said recent revelations from highly critical leaked diplomatic cables have hurt and distorted the relationship. He said U.S. diplomats “pour lots of cream on their tacos,” an expression meaning they tend to exaggerate.

“They always want to raise their own agendas before their bosses, and they’ve done a lot of damage with the stories they tell,” Calderon said.

Link to the blog.

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At Least 12 Taxi Drivers Murdered This Weekend In Acapulco

MEXICO CITY (BNO NEWS) — At least 12 taxi drivers were murdered during the weekend in Mexico’s touristic coastal city of Acapulco, Guerrero, officials said Sunday.

On Friday, five taxi drivers were found dead in or around their vehicles, and on Saturday, one driver was found dead and tied to his taxi with several gunshot wounds. Later that evening, two others were found shot dead inside their vehicles, one of them being decapitated.

In a separate incident, a group of gunmen opened fire against another taxi cab, killing the driver and three passengers.

The killing spree continued into Sunday, and reached the touristic areas of Acapulco. Five vehicles were set on fire and a chopped up body was later discovered in an apartment building.

Link to Article.

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Out Of Rope In Acapulco?

ACAPULCO, Mexico — Four men with their hands and feet tied and heads covered in duct tape were thrown 600 feet to their deaths from a bridge near Acapulco on Friday, authorities said as Mexico’s increasingly bloody drug battles reached a new level of cruelty and intimidation.

The four were among 12 people killed Friday in and around Acapulco, which has seen a spike in violence since rival factions of the Beltran Leyva cartel began fighting over territory after leader Arturo Beltran Leyva died in a battle with Mexican marines in December 2009.

The unidentified men were dropped from a 600-feet-high (200-meter) bridge on a highway that leads from Acapulco to the city of Cuernavaca on to Mexico City, said the Public Safety Department in Guerrero state, where the city is located.

The men had bruises all over their bodies and “it’s presumed they were thrown alive from the Solidarity bridge,” the statement said.

Link to article.

Puente Solidaridad

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Trans-Border Institute-Drug Violence In Mexico

The Trans-Border Institute of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego has released “Drug Violence in Mexico, Data and Analysis Through 2010.”

Here is a link to the report.

Here is a chart from the report. Many people are confused by this type of reporting. The chart only shows those deaths which the Mexican authorities have attributed to drug violence. It does not show the other homicides in Mexico, which just about doubles the numbers shown on the chart.

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Analysis: Mexico risks losing large areas to drug gangs

(Reuters) – Mexico is struggling to avert a collapse of law and order along its northern border in a region that generates a quarter of its economic output, with two states already facing the threat of criminal anarchy.

Even after four years of dramatic military sweeps, drug cartels in Chihuahua and Tamaulipas are extending their control over large areas and the state governments seem powerless to stop them.

Mass jail breaks, abandoned police stations, relentless killings and gangs openly running criminal rackets such as gasoline stolen from pipelines are the new reality in regions once at the forefront of Mexico’s efforts to modernize and prosper under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Gunmen killed as many as 18 people near Tamaulipas’ state capital Ciudad Victoria on Sunday night, attacking a passenger bus and shooting up government buildings, although no word of the violence appeared in local newspapers and TV stations, which are too afraid to report or are paid off by the cartels.

Police found the severed head of a two-month-old baby dumped in the town of Delicias in Chihuahua earlier this month in one of the cruelest revenge attacks to scar the state.

“The criminals are hollowing out police and local governments’ capacity to uphold the law,” said Kevin Casas-Zamora, an analyst at the Brookings Institution in Washington and a former vice president of Costa Rica. “There is an explosion of robbery, extortion and kidnapping.”

The story continues here…

Fulano disagrees with the statement that “Mexico risks losing large areas to drug gangs.” Mexico has already lost those large areas to drug gangs.

 

 

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Gunmen in Mexico kill U.S. immigration agent

Link to article.

MEXICO CITY — Gunmen fired on a vehicle carrying two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Tuesday afternoon as they drove north of Mexico City, killing one and seriously wounding the other. 

It was the latest attack on U.S. officials following the killing last March of a U.S. employee of the American consulate and two others in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s deadliest.
Janet Napolitano, the head of the Department of Homeland Security, issued a statement calling Tuesday’s shooting an “unconscionable crime.”
 

“Let me be clear: any act of violence against our ICE personnel – or any DHS personnel – is an attack against all those who serve our nation and put their lives at risk for our safety,” Napolitano said. “The full resources of our department are at the disposal of our Mexican partners in this investigation. We remain committed in our broader support for Mexico’s efforts to combat violence within its borders.”

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