The murder of a District Attorney and his wife in Texas barely registered with the mainstream news. The likely assassination (folks still calling it murder) of a law man should have the ABA tied in knots, screaming for justice. They are saying nothing right now. But this will change. The death of Texas District Attorney and wife Mike and Cynthia McClelland is an outrage.
Our response needs to be proportional and swift and quite public. If the deaths can be traced to Mexican drug cartels, diplomatic niceties must give way to American justice. We have been writing about Mexican drug cartels, and those who support them, since we started this blog in 2007. Here are some excerpts and links to prior posts:
“For the U.S., it is a not so subtle reminder of the many challenges to U.S. interests in neighboring Central America, Caribbean, and South America – regions of support for these cartels and terrorist groups. Cuban and Venezuelan adventurism can be directly tied to many of these groups, including some in the drug cartels. It is quite amazing how little media coverage incidents such as yesterday’s bombing in Mexico receive in U.S. media. Yet events such as these underscore the importance of such things as ensuring we not only secure our borders, but that we must work with out partners in Mexico to ensure that these problems are contained within Mexico,” Mexico’s Trouble’s, U.S. Interests (February 16, 2008)
“A Mexico City-based bureaucracy has failed to do its fair share to control the violence and stop the spread of poverty and corruption in the northern parts of the country. This is now having an impact along the U.S.-Mexico border and may be costing American lives in the U.S.-side. If it wants to be treated as an equal partner, Mexico should act like one,” U.S./Mexico Border Conflicts Take Interesting Turn? (June 27, 2008)
“The short-term consequences of allowing border tensions to flare include loss of innocent life or jailed U.S. Border Patrol Agents for doing their jobs. If we allow border tensions to fester, it will also fuel some bad actors and weaken our defenses. It is a soft underbelly and groups such as al-Qaeda, the Zapatistas, and drug cartels know it and will exploit it to gain access to the U.S. If the Mexican military cannot control its solidersat the border, what message does that send to potential terrorist plotters?,” U.S./Mexico Border Violence, Continues … and why it will not cease (August 8, 2008)
“Mexico will not be able to do this on it own; 31,000 deaths during the past four years attest to that. If we can secure the Middle East, stabilizing the border and securing Mexico should be just as an important imperative. At this juncture, U.S. boots on the ground inside of Mexico may not be the most appropriate response but more needs to be done to strengthen U.S. and regional security. Gov. Perry’s recommendation of a more comprehensive approach that includes placing U.S. troops at the border should be afforded serious consideration.,” Six Americans Killed in Mexico this November; Washington Tone Deaf (November 27, 2010)
There are several more pieces on the blog about cartels and border violence; the point is that our government remains tone deaf to the issue of border violence and the influence in the United States of Mexican drug cartels and Central American gangs. There are experts in this area of study that have published books on this issue such as Sylvia Longmire, and many others. Why hasn’t our government done the same? And, if it has done so, then why are they not fully engaged in protecting the homeland? Fast and Furious is but a very small piece of this policy puzzle.
The same energy, skill, and determination that was used to catch Osama Bin Laden and other 09.11 terrorists needs to be applied to the Mexican cartels and certain Central American gangs. There are very important issues at stake in the Middle East, however, we have just as many, and in some case more, pressing issues throughout the Americas. I hope the death of District Attorney McClelland and his wife Cynthia will help draw attention to the border security problem, our relationship with Mexico, Central American gangs, as well as the gang and cartel networks that I suspect have long been established in the United States.