This week Secretary of State Hillary Clinton equated Mexico’s out of control drug-cartel epidemic to the violence of the ‘80s and ‘90s in Colombia.
The Mexican government didn’t like that much...
In fact, according to the BBC, no Senior US official has ever made such comparisons. Perhaps Hillary is equipped with cojones under those pants suits, after all.
President Barack Obama, ever the political animal, disputed Secretary Clinton’s comments in an interview with “La Opinion,” a Spanish-language newspaper, telling the paper, “Mexico is an ample and progressive democracy, with a growing economy and because of that you can’t compare what is happening to Mexico with what happened in Colombia 20 years ago.”
Actually, both politicians are correct in their assessments, although for the POTUS to sugar coat the Secretary of State’s words, and thereby attempt to dilute the truth, bespeaks his lack of understanding of what is happening along the U.S./Mexican border.
I’ll go one further with my view that what is happening in Northern Mexico in terms of drug trafficking, human trafficking, mayhem and violence appears to be a mini-Afghanistan right in our own back yard.
We ignore this at our peril.