Let’s hope that they put U.S. taxpayer monies to good use. America should not serve as a de facto halfway shelter for countries addicted to foreign assistance.
In much the same manner that a drug addict blames everyone but themselves for their addictive behavior, Mexican government officials enjoy blaming Americans for their problems. The bad economy, illegal immigration, gun running, and, yes, the Mexican drug cartels, it is all our fault.
Unlike the drug addict that deserves a helping hand to break that cycle, the Mexican Government needs to cease blaming Americans for all that ails them. Rather than work as an ally, a NAFTA partner, Mexican officials are trying to use the U.S. as political scapegoats for its failure to control the growth and power of the drug cartels. For some odd reason, the Obama Administration sides with the Mexican Government.
Yesterday, Secretary of State Clinton said: “Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade. Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the death of police officers, soldiers and civilians … I feel very strongly we have a co-responsibility.”
While supply and demand is an issue, corruption and lack of rule of law are the underlying causes of the Mexican drug cartel problem. With regards to weapons, U.S. officials have repeatedly requested serial numbers to track down the weapons seized in Mexico – but a majority of these weapons are illegal, non-U.S. made, and likely smuggled into the country from other regions of the world.
The U.S. is Mexico closest ally in the Western Hemisphere. We share economic, cultural, and many other links that closely bind our two countries. With regards to this current problem with the cartels, despite the Mexican Government’s failures, U.S. taxpayers have generously funded Plan Merida and offered other forms of assistance to help Mexico contain and solve the problem.
Scapegoating is not helpful. Americans did not cause Mexico’s problems. And rather than joining in the collective guilt strategy, we should remind Mexican officials that is American taxpayers – including some of those addicts that they say cause their problems – that are helping to underwrite and provide resources to solve their decades worth of failing to tackle this issue head on.
The Mexican government has accepted U.S. taxpayer monies to help combat the drug cartels. They say they want more assistance, more money. Let’s hope that they put U.S. taxpayer monies to good use. America should not serve as a de facto halfway shelter for countries addicted to foreign assistance.