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Joseph asks…

what will happen after all US troops leave the East and return home?

will they be send to mexico to fight drug war cartels?? or will they get a goooooood payed vacations?

Tijuana answers:

Sadly they may be in need of jobs, family and homes. Disgraceful. We should honor them on their return.

John asks…

What will happen to the United States with the Mexican Drug Companies?

Drugs Wars are increasing in Mexico. How long will it go on? What will the United States do about it? Will we survive little or unharmed with all of this mess?

Tijuana answers:

Is it that Mexico’s drug war is escalating or that the drug war violence just being reported more?

Has Manuel Noriega been forgotten? To me it was with his arrest in Panama that drug war on the drug cartels began to take more U.S. Active involvement still what has happened before and since then?

From the late 60’s to mid 2000 a time line (quoted in parts) that is simple reading.

“Thirty Years of America’s Drug War”
“Late 1960s – Recreational drug use rises in U.S.”
“1968 – Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs is founded.”
“1969 (Sept. 21) – Operation Intercept essentially closes the Mexican border.”
“1971 (June 17) – Nixon declares war on drugs.”
“1974 (August 9) – President Nixon resigns.”
“1976 (August) – Anti-drug parents’ movement begins.”
“1979 (July 11) – Cocaine trade becomes increasingly violent.”
“1981 – U.S.-Colombia extradition treaty ratified.”
“1984 – Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” Movement begins.”
“1984 (November 6) – “Bust of the Century” in Mexico.”
“mid 1980s – Cocaine transport routes move into Mexico.”
“1986 (October 27) – Reagan signs The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986.”
“1990(January 25) – Bush proposes 50% increase in military spending on war on drugs.”
“2000 (August) – Clinton delivers $1.3 billion in aid to help Colombia combat drug traffickers.”
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/drugs/cron/

On the other hand I believe that Mexico began to earnestly fight their drug war with the election of President Felipe Calderon.
The time line is from 2006 to mid 2008 and because of the articles length I am posting the headline and link only.

“Timeline of the Mexican Drug War”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_Mexican_Drug_War

Which way does the guilty finger point? (all in part only)

“America’s drug habit, Mexico’s drug war”
“The dope flows north; the guns and cash flow south. Drug trafficking produces billions of dollars in profits for the Mexican drug cartels. Indeed one cartel kingpin —- they call him Shorty —- made the Forbes 2009 billionaires list. The Justice Department has declared the drug cartels “the biggest organized crime threat in the United States.” President Barack Obama announced last week that he would send 450 federal agents, new crime-fighting hardware and drug-sniffing dog teams to the Mexican border to fight the two-way flow of drugs and guns. These are the challenges facing U.S. And Mexican authorities:

> Ninety percent of the cocaine in the U.S. Moves through Mexico.
> About 2,000 weapons a day are smuggled into Mexico from the U.S.
> Those weapons are used in 95 per-cent of all killings in Mexico.
> Drug cartels make about $10 billion in annual profits from U.S. Drug sales.
> Drug killings in Mexico totaled 6,290 in 2008; 1,600 occurred in Ciudad Juarez.
> Drug-related kidnappings in Phoenix rose from 160 in 1999 to 368 last year.”
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/printedition/2009/03/29/mexico0329.html

“As Mexico goes, so goes the US”
“Congress, in a burst of hearings, has a sudden interest in Mexico’s war on drug traffickers – and the spillover into the US. If this new-found concern finally cements a sustained partnership with Mexico and ends America’s benign neglect of its neighbor, then ¡viva!
Mexico’s war on the powerful drug cartels began in 2006 when a courageous new president, Felipe Calderón, realized their corrupting threat to the country’s democracy. He has deployed more than 30,000 troops to root out the gangs, igniting a secondary war between them that has hindered their trade but led to thousands of murders – some in the US.
It’s not “mission accomplished.” Mr. Calderón still needs an equal measure of courage from Washington to reduce the massive drug consumption among Americans and to curb the flow of arms to the cartels, as well as provide more aid to Mexican security forces that was promised last year.
If Congress needs an incentive to act now, it would lie in two recent developments: The cartels have rapidly expanded into hundreds of US cities and have shifted some of their business to human trafficking, or smuggling Mexicans into the US, often in abusive ways. This month, federal agents arrested 755 alleged members of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel operating in the US and seized $59 million in criminal proceeds.”
http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0324/p08s01-comv.html

“U.S. Guns Arming Mexican Drug Gangs; Second Amendment to Blame?”
“U.S. Gun stores and gun shows are the source of more than 90 percent of the weapons being used by Mexico’s ruthless drug cartels, according to U.S. And Mexican law enforcement officials.
“It’s a war going on in Mexico, and these types of firearms are the weapons of war for them,” said Bill Newell, the special agent in charge of the Phoenix field division of the ATF, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which has primary law enforcement jurisdiction for investigating gun trafficking to Mexico.
“It’s virtually impossible to buy a firearm in Mexico as a private citizen, so this country is where they come,” said Newell.”
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/Story?id=4695848&page=1

What happen with and where is General Noriega?

“Courts try to decide what to do with Manuel Noriega”
“Story Highlights
Former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega is tangled in an extradition mess
Federal judge in Miami declared him a POW after his 1992 drug conviction
Noriega completed his sentence 16 months ago but remains behind bars
France, Panama both want to prosecute Noriega”
http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/01/14/noriega.prison/index.html

Why is Forbes naming a drug lord on their world’s billionaires list?

“#701 Joaquin Guzman Loera”
“Net Worth:$1.0 bil
Fortune:self made
Source:Drug Trafficking
Age:54
Country Of Citizenship:Mexico
Residence:Sinaloa State
Industry:Shipping
Education:NA,
Marital Status:NA,”
http://www.forbes.com/lists/2009/10/billionaires-2009-richest-people_Joaquin-Guzman-Loera_FS0Y.html

Although I find little humor on this subject and do not see a need to be politically correct, socially or otherwise. I can and do agree with Unknown a simpler and less painful answer is “who knows”.

Paul asks…

What are some pros and cons of crime for drug wars?

In your opinion, what do you think are some pros and cons for crime specifically for the drug wars going on in Mexico? You can refer it to “the border violence”

Tijuana answers:

En.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_Drug_War

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