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Thanks for nothin’

15 November 2008

Stewart Powell in the Houston Chronicle on the latest “assistance” from the Bush Administration and the United States government in keeping the narcotics Americans want out of the country…

WASHINGTON — Not a dime of the Merida Initiative’s $400 million in promised emergency security assistance has reached Mexico nearly five months after President Bush signed landmark legislation to help the beleaguered neighbor combat drug smugglers’ murderous violence.

The delays are being attributed to delicate U.S.-Mexican negotiations over measures to prevent corruption and protect human rights, the role and number of U.S. personnel in Mexico, and Bush administration steps to satisfy a series of congressional requirements.

Rep. Gene Green, D-Houston, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s panel on the Western Hemisphere, expressed surprise when he learned that none of the aid had reached Mexico.

I’m not in favor of the Merida Initiative for several reasons, but a promise is a promise… and this is yet another indication that the U.S. “war on (some) drugs” was never about anything but providing free government handouts to companies like Halliburton and Blackwater USA.

In other words, Bush (and Congress) lied… people died. There’s still no indication that the U.S. is doing squat about gun running and money laundering, and how much longer Mexico can… or should… keep bleeding to prevent the narcos from moving north is more and more in question. Maybe a few heads should roll in Washington… literally.

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  1. 15 November 2008 4:15 pm

    Hopefully we will have a president that will aid Mexico by actually dealing with narcotics as a health issue in the United States and making real gains in reducing US consumption.

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