Why is Mexico drug war being ignored?
October 30th, 2012
07:04 PM ET

Why is Mexico drug war being ignored?

By Ted Galen Carpenter, Special to CNN

Ted Galen Carpenter, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, is the author of nine books on international affairs, including the just released The Fire Next Door: Mexico’s Drug Violence and the Danger to America. The views expressed are his own.

A striking feature of the presidential debate on foreign policy was the total lack of attention given to Latin America –notably the drug violence wracking our next door neighbor, Mexico. Nearly 60,000 people have perished since 2006 in the Mexican government’s military-led offensive against the country’s powerful, ruthless drug cartels. But while President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both obsessed about the Middle East, they virtually ignored Washington’s relations with our southern neighbors. After a brief observation from Romney near the start of the debate that the region offered important – and neglected – economic opportunities for the United States, both candidates quickly abandoned the Western Hemisphere.

That was extraordinarily myopic. Given its geographic proximity, historical ties, and mounting importance as an arena for trade and investment, Latin America should be high on Washington’s diplomatic and economic agenda. And near the top of the national security agenda should be the alarming developments involving the drug violence in Mexico.

Killings continue to rise, and hardly a week passes without a new report of grisly acts south of the border. Portions of several key cities, especially Ciudad Juarez and Monterrey, are now virtual war zones. The Mexican government’s control is becoming precarious in major swaths of territory, including the crucial northern states of Nuevo Leon, Chihuahua, and Tamaulipas. Several of the cartels, especially the Sinaloa cartel and the ultra-violent Zetas, pose a threat to the integrity of the Mexican state.

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Equally troubling, the turmoil in Mexico is spreading to Central America and beginning to seep over the border into the United States. One would think that such a national security problem would merit some attention from the incumbent president and the man who aims to replace him.

Indeed, Mexican opinion leaders were justifiably miffed at the failure to address the drug war. Prominent journalist Leon Krauss’s widely circulated tweet summarized the frustration. “Mexico, facing 100,000 deaths, neighbor to the United States, didn’t deserve a single mention tonight. A disgrace.”

Mexico’s problems with the Sinaloa cartel and the Zetas are now plaguing the countries of Central America. According to Leonel Ruíz, Guatemala’s federal prosecutor for narcotics offenses, the Zetas had gained control of nearly half of Guatemala’s territory. Kevin Casas-Zamora, a former vice president of Costa Rica, suggest the figure is about 40 percent.

The cartels’ penetration of Honduras and El Salvador has also reached the point that in significant portions of those countries governmental control is eroding or already nonexistent. El Salvador’s president, Mauricio Funes, admits that the Zetas successfully bribe elite police units with $5,000 monthly payments to cooperate with the cartel and to steal high-powered weapons and grenades from the military. Honduran President Porfirio Lobo argues that in his country, drug gang members now outnumber police officers and soldiers.

Even Costa Rica, long an enclave of democracy and stability in the region, has come under growing pressure. The drug trade there is more prominent than ever before, and the Obama administration for the first time put that country on the official list of “major drug transit or major drug-producing countries.”

Most importantly, Mexico’s troubles are also beginning to afflict the United States. According to law enforcement authorities, Mexican drug organizations now have ties to criminal gangs in at least 230 American cities, including all of the 50 largest cities. The cartels’ presence now even extends to relatively small cities and, in some cases, to rural counties – and not just in the southwestern states, but portions of the South, the Midwest, and other regions.

People in impoverished Mexican-American communities along the border are feeling the menace of drug cartel enforcers. As Associated Press correspondent Paul Weber reported from Fort Hancock, Texas: “When black SUVs trail school buses around here, no one dismisses it as routine traffic. And, as I've noted before, when three tough-looking Mexican men pace around the high school gym during a basketball game, no one assumes they’re just fans…Mexican families fleeing the violence have moved here or just sent their children, and authorities and residents says gangsters have followed them across the Rio Grande” in a campaign of intimidation.

Even Anglo populations along the border are becoming nervous. Complaints are surging from ranchers in the borderlands of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas that intruders use their properties with impunity as routes to enter the United States. And the level of fear is rising as more and more of the uninvited seem to be involved in drug smuggling rather than being ordinary people looking for work and better lives in the United States.

While Romney and Obama obsess about Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, and virtually every development in the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, we have a significant security problem brewing much closer to home. Yet that issue did not merit even a single sentence in a presidential debate supposedly devoted to foreign policy. That is a classic case of blind spots and misplaced priorities. But the candidate elected president on November 6 will not have the luxury of ignoring the drug violence on our southern border.

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soundoff (221 Responses)
  1. JAL

    Grass roots stress management failure creating demand. I ride my bike on a sunny day and I get a better dopamine response than any illegal drug.

    October 30, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Reply
    • malcolmkyle

      Yes, if we all simply move to California, buy bicycles, and spend another 3 trillion dollars — with the exception of alcohol, tobacco, prescription drugs, and all that other stuff you'll still be able to buy on street corners, in schoolyards, and even prisons — we'lll have a completely drug-free country.

      October 30, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Reply
      • j. von hettlingen

        Drug crimes are social problems. Drug gangs aren't trying to destabilise a country's political system or to impose an ideology. These villains just wanto to do their dirty business. As long as the government leaves them in peace, they don't cause much problems. Of course the government has to tackle the malaise together with the society.

        November 1, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • sam stone

      I combine the two....long bike rides after consuming

      October 31, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Reply
      • Oddball

        winner! 🙂

        November 1, 2012 at 11:18 am |
      • sam stone

        i skydive and do ultramarathons....both after consuming

        November 1, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • a slozomby

      kinda hard to go ride singletrack when i get home after its dark, raining, snowing.... a joint doesnt care what the conditions are like outside.

      October 31, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Reply
      • Oddball

        smart 🙂

        November 1, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • Oddball

      aw whatchu go and spoil a good high like that man?
      aw well, I'll just light up another joint...Not only do I get high enough to enjoy the day sometimes I get to see God..
      happened one time in 75, saw his face after smoking some Columbia in a tobacco pipe.. Too heavy man ..I could see him with my eyes opened or closed... scared me beyond words...I was full of fear! I swore to myself I would never touch that stuff again all the while, while saying , "THANK YOU LORD JESUS FOR MY SALVATION" repeatedly with all the energy in my body..I was completely drained of energy.... but that did not stop me from trying again in 76-77... anyway in 78 I got what was the real and wonderful thing , the only thing to compare with that Colombian high..in experience and that was the baptism in the Holy Spirit.. 🙂 🙂 🙂

      November 1, 2012 at 11:17 am | Reply
      • Matt

        So your belief in an imaginary, supernatural being stopped you from using drugs? Talk about scary. Thinking their is an all knowing, invisible being just waiting for you in the clouds is delusional. You NEED drugs to help correct your confused mind.

        November 1, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • miquel

      How can this still be happening to our Seniors.
      This activity should be stopped right away.

      http://www.youtube DOT com/watch?v=3eQZoXAU7X0&feature=related

      November 1, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Reply
    • jose arrmando

      My answer fot this is The Fire Next Door: United States’s guns Violence and the Danger to Mexico.

      November 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  2. matslats

    If we're going to talk about Mexico, we shouldn't neglect to mention the Fast and Furious program in which US is arming the Drug cartels. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/atf-fast-furious-sg,0,3828090.storygallery

    October 30, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Reply
    • Leonardo

      jo

      October 31, 2012 at 11:59 am | Reply
    • Leonardo

      because they armed less than 1% of the assault weapons the cartels have in their possession. You must be Mexican and wanting to blame the USA instead of Mexicans….you know..the ones pulling the triggers.

      October 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
      • frank

        usa is the #1 consumer of drugs drug war will never end as long as their consumers is called supply and demand

        October 31, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
      • Oddball

        correcto Frank 🙂 🙂

        November 1, 2012 at 11:22 am |
      • claybigsby

        "usa is the #1 consumer of drugs drug war will never end as long as their consumers is called supply and demand"

        LOL first, please get an education and learn how to construct proper sentences.

        Second, if there was no black market for drugs, there would be no profit for cartels. Simple economics.

        November 1, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
      • rob-in-austin

        It's being ignored because both obama and romney need the drug war to generate revenue, propel the prison industrial complex and to protect special interest groups like Big Pharm, the Plastics and Cotton industries.

        November 1, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
      • Tom

        Try to be a little realistic, Pal. The USA are the customer of the drugs, the cartels are the store.You seriously want to blame the store?

        Let's try another scenario:

        You have been buying cancer-causing, government approved cigarettes from Walmart years and now you have developed cancer. Are you going to blame Walmart for your stupid choices of putting smoke in your lungs for years?

        November 2, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • Rich

      F & F began in 2006 which would place it in the Bush regime

      October 31, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Reply
      • zlulz

        Dumb liberal. F&F was an Obama admin program. Bush's was called Wide Receiver, which also had gps tracking chips in the guns, worked with mexican authorities, and captured guns as soon as they crossed the border, all of which were not a part of Obama's program. If nothing bad happened then why did Obama use executive privileged? Probably the same reason why he told everyone the terrorist attack on sept 11, 2012 was because of your freedom of speech.

        October 31, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • elbob248

      You can get over that lame argument right now kook.

      November 1, 2012 at 7:35 am | Reply
    • Peter

      America has a long history of arming both sides of a conflict.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  3. Elias Rodriguez

    Blind spots? Yeah sure.

    Incredible stupidity? Don't think so. Even when they look like, they are not that stupid considering they spend our tax money.

    Complicity?

    October 31, 2012 at 12:59 am | Reply
  4. Kevin Mac

    Someone should start a rumor that Mexico is next door to Israel and then the world would care.

    October 31, 2012 at 1:43 am | Reply
    • Pooter

      No – only the US.

      October 31, 2012 at 11:56 am | Reply
    • Bruceman

      No Missouri

      November 8, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Reply
  5. nodoubt

    because people here in the u.s. are making alot of money.

    October 31, 2012 at 7:18 am | Reply
  6. Hahahahahahahaah

    Where would the rich republicans get their drugs from then? Hahahahahahahahahha

    October 31, 2012 at 8:58 am | Reply
    • philabias

      The broke dem drugdealer!
      im just saying!

      October 31, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply
      • Fred Evil

        Drug dealers aren't broke, schmo. They've got plenty of money.
        War on Drugs == FAIL

        November 1, 2012 at 1:13 am |
    • Mittens_Lies

      Rush Limbaugh goes to the Dominican Republic for his drugs. Strange dude.

      November 1, 2012 at 9:54 am | Reply
      • Oddball

        that's his racist leaning kharacter at work 🙂 🙂

        November 1, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  7. TiredOfPaying

    Legalize and Tax already. And if your answer to that is 'NO', then please state exactly how many lives, how many Trillions of dollars and how many careers need to be lost before you change your mind. Current totals are 60k lives lost in Mexico alone, 1 Trillion dollars wasted on the failed 'War on Drugs', and untold numbers of Americans incarcerated and profitable working lives ruined by our draconian drug laws.

    October 31, 2012 at 9:32 am | Reply
    • paul

      Yes but just think of all the income lost to the prison industrial complex if they legalize drugs. They'd never be able to to get enough prisoners to cover their expenses and the ones they got may be dangerous.

      October 31, 2012 at 10:03 am | Reply
      • Matt

        Yeah great idea then let's watch as our medical insurance sky rockets from all the health problems. You think cigarrettes cause problems for our health insurance watch what happens when you legalize drugs

        November 2, 2012 at 11:50 am |
    • CoffinHunter

      legalization and taxation are NOT the answer. That process requires government oversight, IRS, and sets artificial prices that will not deter the average joe from growing it in his back yard, which would still be illegal, or stop smugglers from bringing it into the country and selling at prices lower than the government's price. The answer is decriminalization, whereby any person can at any time from any source possess, consume, barter, trade, or sell. The savings of law enforcement would be enormous. The other side is that people would need to accept personal responsibility for crimes committed while under the influence of said product. People need their freedoms, but also need to accept responsibility for the consequences of their actions.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:36 am | Reply
      • paul

        You mean like how any joe bloe farmer can grow tobacco and any joe shmoe with a little money and a space to do it can buy a kit and brew their own beer?

        November 2, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • michael

      I've been smoking since I first tried it in Viet Nam in 1970. Never been in trouble in my live. Hope to see it legal to smoke
      for fun before I die.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  8. jaon

    Re-legalize drugs and watch the cartels income stream vanish like a fart in the wind.

    October 31, 2012 at 9:38 am | Reply
    • carefull_now

      Legalize marijuana brownies and have them taxed. On the other hand, those involved with meth labs should be treated as environmental terrorists/enemy combatants.

      October 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  9. rightospeak

    The Mexico War On Drugs is phoney and should be ignored-NAFTA put millions of Mexican farmers out of business with subsidized American corn.Monopolists are responsible for the drug wars.Marijuana plant is a miracle plant with many industrial uses.It can be used instead of cotton,has high protein seeds for better quality foods,has medical uses which AMA Mafia does not want-it actually helps people in an inexpensive way, recreational use which the 1% wants to make big money on.Calderon needs to legalize the growing of the marijuana plant to give his people better opportunities in life so they do not fight and run for our border.Unfortunately , the monopolist oligarchs will not let him do it.

    October 31, 2012 at 9:44 am | Reply
    • Ces

      Calderon will be out of office in a month. He didn't manage to do great things in the 6 years he was in office... just saying.

      November 1, 2012 at 6:32 am | Reply
  10. fiftyfive55

    Illegal drugs are a trillion dollar industry rivalled only by oil companies.Think about it-if we legalized drugs and taxed them what it would mean.It would mean less money for prisons,narcs,the DEA,cops,lawyers(both criminal and civil, etc .The benfits would be more money for treatment,less violence over drug turf,drug king pins would be reduced to nothings,more money could be freed up for schools,infrastructure,less people robbing for drug money,etc.

    October 31, 2012 at 9:54 am | Reply
    • Doug

      Nice fiftyfive55! I thought the world has become devoid of intelligence but you have raised my hopes. The questions to ask: who benefits from the current policy? The United States has many resources to mitigate the problem but its government CHOOSES not to use them. Follow the money and one understands.

      October 31, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  11. hitemhard

    Nip the problem in the butt. Go after the cartels with full multinational force. Nothing good will ever come out of them. Do not wait for the killings to start in the states to erradicate these cancers from the face of the earth...

    October 31, 2012 at 10:00 am | Reply
    • fiftyfive55

      Just like were doing now with Lebanon-hashish,Pakistan-opium,Afghanistan-heroin.Yup, I can see your idea totally working (sarcasm)

      October 31, 2012 at 10:03 am | Reply
      • hitemhard

        Right, except all those you mentioned don't live in our back yard.

        October 31, 2012 at 10:06 am |
      • Pillar of The Community

        We should leave Lebanon alone – hash is hard to come by in my neck of the woods (no shortage of 'Mare-can' made meth, though). Opium/heroin can be cultivated quite easily in our climate, plus you don't run the risk of blowing up your trailer.

        October 31, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
      • Bulldogge

        Right but guess what country many of those drugs are smuggled through, you got it Mexico

        November 1, 2012 at 2:25 am |
    • comeon

      Go back to the couch Cheeseburger man, you wouldn't do any of it.

      October 31, 2012 at 11:50 am | Reply
      • hitemhard

        lol @comeon, just had a cheesburguer for lunch. At least Ihave an opinion, all you have is your daddy's d1ck still shoved deep up your @ss 🙂

        October 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • carefull_now

      So you send in drones and blow up cartel headquarters and then the survivors relocate and mix in with the civilians? What then? Are you advocating invading Mexico?

      October 31, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Reply
      • hitemhard

        I am advocating an erradication of the cartels. Not the country (although half of it is run by the cartels). How that would happen, I leave that to the people that have the means to do it. If we dont get involved soon, good luck. God bless ammendment 2.

        October 31, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • La Tia Marcia

      Having lived in the South Texas McAllen Reynosa border for many years...it seems that your idea would be best total and complete annihilation of the murderers of young children, babies and their mothers. They are killing for killing sake and drugs are no longer the issue.....many government figures have also been executed/murdered for no reason...and please, if you don't live in the area...don't guess as to their reasons...reporters are scared for their lives ...no one wants to face this demon...but we have to.....and the violence trickled into the U.S. a long time ago....but everyone is looking the other way.....now I will be on their hit list? For speaking...??? For commenting???? God help us all and forgive us for looking the other way. Thanks Hit Em Hard......

      October 31, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  12. david

    why are whites the worlds number one consumer of drugs and why do that fund drug gangs?

    October 31, 2012 at 10:21 am | Reply
    • Leonardo

      the hispanics in the poor part of our town is a drug haven of sellers and users.

      October 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Reply
    • elbob248

      Don't worry David. Latinos have bred themselves out of minority status, so they will catch up soon.

      November 1, 2012 at 7:39 am | Reply
    • fiftyfive55

      Well,why are minorities the world's number one illegal drug traffikers ?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply
      • sam stone

        because it is great money?

        because the drug of choice in what folks countries (mostly in europe) is alcohol, which is legal here?

        because much of what is illegal is grown in countries made up primarily of brown people?

        November 1, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
      • mydick

        Ask your mom!

        November 2, 2012 at 5:16 am |
    • claybigsby

      sorry, but my weed money doesn't fund drug cartels...i dont buy crap brick weed.

      November 1, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Reply
      • sam stone

        mine is from a suburb about 15 miles away

        November 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  13. hitemhard

    David, that argument is stupid. I dont care what the demand is and who uses it, the animals that kill for their greed are still animals. I dont care what the demand is, if you kill to take advantage of the demand to get rich, you dont deserve to live, you greedy animalistic f**ck. Scratch that,. animals kill to eat, so that's an insult to them..

    October 31, 2012 at 10:29 am | Reply
    • Pooter

      If you think that white collar corporations and governments don't kill for greed, think again.

      October 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Reply
    • rob-in-austin

      unfortunately, demand is the issue. That doesn't make these criminals any less culpable or sub-human but we could do a lot to reduce their power and control by taking a sane look at our drug laws. the war on drugs has failed, and escalating that war/failure might be the definition of crazy.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Reply
    • kEEP-tHE WAR ON DRUGS

      Imagine if illegal drugs become cheaper, more accessible, industrialized, commercialized, subsidized, then more kids at an early stage in life will be more vulnerable, more susceptible, more conducive, more likely to engage in drugs because of the above availability. Now, ignorant people may think that taxing it may generate billions in tax revenue, and save billions in border security, but do not take into account that these citizens/drug dealers will not file a 1099, report all their earnings, pay taxes and not try to defraud the US of any tax dollars. Tax evasion will forever exist, and decriminalizing the "DRUG issue" will only escalate- increase the problem and make us more import dependent with unforeseeable consequences.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:56 am | Reply
      • tacc2

        You are completely wrong. It's harder for kids to get alcohol than it is for them to get weed. To get alcohol, a kid needs to find an adult willing to buy it for them. To get pot, all a kid has to do is call up the local dealer and it's at his door in 20 minutes. No ID checks, no taxes. So, why would drugs be any different?

        November 2, 2012 at 11:31 am |
      • paul

        So you want to deny the wants of all adults whether they have children or not to protect your brats you can't teach you narrow view of the world to. Stop depending on the nanny state to raise your kids for you and do a little parenting you lazy irresponsible twit

        November 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
      • Old Stoner

        Young people see the hypocrisy in our drug laws. The vast majority disagree with the drinking age of 21. Most begin drinking at a much younger age. The vast majority of young people also believe that pot is less harmful than booze and should be legalize. Most begin smoking pot in their teens. A sizable portion of our teen population regularly drink and smoke pot as well as cigarettes. Meanwhile, very little revenue goes towards prevention, education and treatment of our teen population. But, the cops sure love chasing them around to arrest them drinking and smoking.

        November 3, 2012 at 9:39 am |
  14. mike m

    The reason drugs aren't in the discussion is because the _only_ useful response is legalization. If you base any of your political ideas on freedom, then legalization of drugs is what you must do. if instead like most, you alter your 'principle' and wish for drugs to remain illegal, there is nothing to be done.

    Drugs have always been illegal and drug use has not gone down. Melville in Moby Dick in the 1880s wrote about the endless war in Afghanistan. Currently, 68% of Americans drink regularly. The local hospital treats 10 alcohol overdoses a week. Our society can handle legalization a lot better than the old-style of Prohibition.

    For the folks who comment, "You wouldn't say that if your daughter was addicted to meth," I agree I probably wouldn't feel that way although I should. If the daughter is addicted and the drug is already illegal, then you've got two choices: make it more illegal (and probably more dangerous to all of the users) or make it legal and then folks don't have to consort with lowlifes to get their high.

    October 31, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply
  15. Pillar of The Community

    I love cocaine. Thank you, CIA.

    October 31, 2012 at 11:59 am | Reply
    • hitemhard

      So if someone loves little boys and had a provider, you would still blame only the pedo? Users and suppliers are both at fault. Dont just blame one.

      October 31, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
      • OnlyTheTruth

        Its simple economics people - cut off the supply of income by decriminalizing/legalizing/tolerating drugs, and the cartels no longer have a lucrative business to profit from. They commit extreme acts of violence to combat the police force/naysayers of their business because there is so much to gain/lose. Its just like how our private prison industry lobbies for harsher sentences, younger arrest ages, less oversight, ect. to keep more money in their pockets. The American prison industrial complex is just as bad if not worse than the Mexican Drug War.

        October 31, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
      • Pillar of The Community.

        Semantics are for morons.

        October 31, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
      • jay

        A human trafficker is still exploiting a child...
        Of course they'd be guilty too. Inanimate drugs can't be exploited in that sense.
        Plus nobody is saying the laws against victimizing children are unjust.

        October 31, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
      • rob-in-austin

        ok, now I think you must be out for fun because no one is this moronic.

        November 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
      • tacc2

        Actually, it's the governments that are at fault. There's nothing wrong with drug use unless it's taken too far into addiction. Most drug users are not addicts. People have been using drugs since the beginning of time and will continue to do so. If the governments would simply legalize drugs and bring the markets into the open where they can be regulated, this problem would vanish overnight.

        November 2, 2012 at 11:27 am |
    • fiftyfive55

      One dealer is giving away a free illegal alien with every bag purchased

      November 1, 2012 at 10:18 am | Reply
  16. Mexie

    Two issues here, US immigration policy is broken as more semi-literate latinos come the US the problem will spread to the US. Second problem, poverty in mexico and C.A. It exists largely because the elite their have not opened up their economies and provided adequate opportunities. That is on them.

    October 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  17. CJames

    Can you handle the truth?

    No one cares about Mexico because it's brown people dying and suffering. Not saying it's right. Just saying that's the plain and simple reason Mexico doesn't get any attention.

    October 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  18. Ole Paco viejo

    Got to agree with Mike M. We have made millionaires of the drug dealers and Billionaires out of the producers. We jail out inner city youth for selling to those with $money. We should at least Legalize weed. Everyone can grow their own or Not. Maybe just maybe it would provide the experimental outlet for youth to leave the other nastier things alone. In any case it was a war lost in the 1970's and has cost too many lives. The money spent on foreign governments could go to the therapy outlets that are needed.

    October 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Reply
  19. O.C

    I agree, Mexico should have been discussed in any of the three debates. Just one thing, Mexico is considered a domestic matter, therefore it should have been in any of the two first debates.

    October 31, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Reply
    • Mara

      I don't know anyone who considers Mexico a 'domestic' matter. "Domestic" refers to homeland/national topics, NOT issues with other sovereign nations. Had Mexico been brought up in any of the debates, the only one appropriate to such a topic would have been the last, the one on foreign policy.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  20. Vincent

    Legalize and tax marijuana.
    Bring home the military, and deploy some of the troops and equipment against the cartels!! The cartels are criminals, and terrorists. Use drones, troops, etc. to drop the hammer on them!

    October 31, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Reply
    • idiophobia

      adding to that although you get high from smoking marijuana at least your not smoking jet fuel, rat poison and 50 other things that can kill you at once when you smoke tobacco

      October 31, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Reply
    • garnet

      This comment is a fact. Yes, bring all troops back and use against cartels. Our own people getting killed to help others when the U.S. needs help too. Save our future!

      October 31, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  21. Liberace; America's Greatest American

    Biggest drug-dealers of the world?

    Why us, of course. Thanks to our glorious and ever valiant CIA.

    October 31, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Reply
  22. American

    Because it helps keep the illegals out.

    October 31, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  23. Rich Greene

    This is the future. Have a government too small to take on any problems or multinationals legal or illegal. Just stave the beast until it is a little poodle.

    October 31, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  24. leitrim

    What would you have the candidates do ? Send in drones –that question did not come up in the debate –do you want to do what we did in Iraq–it seems that the auhtor has an axe to grind. We cannot internally do our thing there -we need to do to legalize the stuff and do away with the war on drugs. How did they solve prohibiiton. Why dont you suggest another debate and have the moderator just talk about the drug war.i

    October 31, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  25. frank

    It's not just Mexico's war it's America's war too. There are millions of drug addicts who are causing pain, suffering, insecurity, violence, poverty and billions to taxpayers. And the reason they are ignoring it is because they are helpless
    they can't do anything about it.

    October 31, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  26. havanabama

    Why talk about an issue you have no control over. The war on drugs has falled and as long as we demand drugs, people will still supply them. If Mexicans are killing each other over drug supply route, that's bad but so what are we going to do...nothing, that's a Mex issue/prob. There is no real solution, so that's why they don't talk about it. Altough, I guess there's no real solution to the middle east either, Ha!

    October 31, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  27. No Mayberry

    Chicago murders are somewhere north of 400 deaths so far this year. Why expect the candidates to care about Mexico? Murdering US citizens in Bengazi doesn't even phase the president. They seem to treasure votes more than lives.....maybe thats why they want us to vote early....just in case something happens.

    October 31, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Reply
    • Liberace; America's Greatest American

      Four dead Americans in Benghazi = murder.

      Dozens of dead civilians in a drone strike on a wedding party = "collateral damage."

      October 31, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Reply
  28. Charles Babb

    So what? They are also ignoring the tsunami of job outsourcing which is the #1 issue in the world today.

    October 31, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Reply
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