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There goes the neighborhood

7 August 2011

Agence France-Press

(my snark in boldface)

The United States is sending new CIA operatives and retired military personnel to Mexico and may deploy private security contractors to fight drug cartels, The New York Times said.

“Private security operatives” = mercenaries.  I said this was gonna happen, and I hate being right. 

Small numbers of CIA operatives and civilian US military employees have been posted at a Mexican military base, it said late Saturday.

So much for claims that foreign troops weren’t working in Mexico.

Security officials from both countries work there side by side in collecting information about drug cartels and helping plan operations, the report said.

Side by side, or Mexican under the thumb of U.S. spies “officials”?

Officials are also looking into embedding a team of American contractors inside a specially vetted Mexican counternarcotics police unit, it said.

Blackwater?  And, anyway, aren’t Zetas “contractors” too?

The new efforts have been devised to get around Mexican laws prohibiting foreign military and police from operating on its soil.

So much for the rule of law, and transparency and all those other changes were were promised by the present administrations…here and there. 

They also aim to prevent advanced US surveillance technology from falling under the control of Mexican security agencies with long histories of corruption, the paper noted.

As opposed to… oh… “contractor” corruption, and does this involve the kind of surveillance that the U.S. government had over gun-runners.  That went really, really well… NOT!!

More than 41,000 people have died in violence blamed on Mexico’s drug cartels since the end of 2006, when President Felipe Calderon deployed some 50,000 troops to tackle organized crime.

Blamed on the cartels, or on U.S. financing and arming of said cartels… or the Calderón administration’s deployment?

I guess this is what the U.S. “jobs for veterans” program comes down to… find yourself a new war.

You remember when Hillary Clinton referred to our criminal exporters as “insurgents”? Insurgents are usually people fighting to drive out foreign military forces… and the U.S. may just be creating some real insurgents (as well as support for them).

This is fuckin’ insane!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. 7 August 2011 7:19 am

    Why am I not surprised.

  2. Juanita Cortez permalink
    7 August 2011 8:20 pm

    Where is Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce when you need him?

  3. Juanita Cortez permalink
    7 August 2011 8:30 pm

    The end is near. A couple, one Chicano and a Ukrania, yes Ukrania, are riding on a bus, (this is not a joke) in the wilds of Sonora with a ruck sack containing 3.7 million dollars. Stopped by the aduana, they claim this is for an investment. I am sure Donald Trump takes the Tijuana-La Paz bus when he goes down to build his new hotel…

    How can you fight people who are walking, in this case riding a bus, with 3.7 million dollars in cash on them? This is even better the Chinaman caught in Lomas with 275 odd million but at least he had a house in Lomas.

  4. 11 August 2011 7:25 am

    well hell wayne, if you cant beat `em,,,,, join `em. i am just about ready to rent my right index finger out to anyone willing to pay. the legitimate world isnt paying, so maybe, just maybe it is worthwile to contract out to the cartels. good behaviour and obeying the law unfortunately does not put food on the table, pay school fees, pay rent , buy beer etc.

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