And the war in Mexico keeps expanding

Following close on recent news that the U.S. is deploying CIA operatives and mercenaries contractors in Mexico to fight the drug war, and the State Department’s announcement that Plan Mexico will continue indefinitely, we now hear that the war has expanded to bringing Mexican commandos into the U.S. to stage attacks.

Yes, you heard that right.

The Obama administration has expanded its role in Mexico’s fight against organized crime by allowing the Mexican police to stage cross-border drug raids from inside the United States, according to senior administration and military officials.

Mexican commandos have discreetly traveled to the United States, assembled at designated areas and dispatched helicopter missions back across the border aimed at suspected drug traffickers. The Drug Enforcement Administration provides logistical support on the American side of the border, officials said, arranging staging areas and sharing intelligence that helps guide Mexico’s decisions about targets and tactics.

Really? We’re allowing commandos from another country to launch attacks from inside our borders?

[Thanks, Tom]

In other news showing the successes of our drug war…

Mexico casino attack leaves 53 dead

MONTERREY, Mexico – The death toll climbed as workers continued to pull bodies out of a burned casino in northern Mexico, where gunmen spread gasoline and ignited a fire that trapped and killed at least 53 gamblers and employees.

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28 Responses to And the war in Mexico keeps expanding

  1. kaptinemo says:

    Oh, frak.

    This Administration has no idea what kind of inferno is about to be ignited when this reaches the ears of the people who are already suspicious of the government. This will ‘vindicate’ every right-wing paranoiac’s worst fears. Bad enough the narco cartels are at work in the US; worse that foreign military personnel are operating within the Continental US. This will get the ‘black helicopter’ crowd ready to take the safeties off.

    Shitstorm exploding in 5…4…3…

  2. kaptinemo says:

    “These are not joint operations,” said one senior administration official. “They are self-contained Mexican operations where staging areas were provided by the United States.”

    Not ‘joint operations’. They’re running loose?

    • Randy says:

      I’ll call your ‘self contained Mexican operations’, and raise you one ‘kinetic military action’.

      Newspeak is just grand, isn’t it?

      • kaptinemo says:

        Any minute now, I’m expecting that little blond girl in the blue dress to happen by while chasing a rabbit with a watch. Maybe she can explain this, as she’s been in Wonderland a lot longer than me. It’s getting that surreal.

  3. Jeandre says:

    Well firstly the Mexican Military deals drugs. I have seen them with my own eyes when I was in Oaxaca. You can see a military convoy approach and then load up kilos of cocaine, heroin and other drugs. So by allowing the military into the US brings 2 problems. The first is easier access for cartels to come into the US and the second that if any attack happens on the US side from one of these cartels, real war might be a possibility.

    It’s time to end this madness, the political warmachine is expanding and taking our liberties one by one…

  4. Johnny says:

    The US is looking for another 911 as an excuse to send the military into Mexico to take out the cartels.

  5. darkcycle says:

    This here’s a whole different breed of cat. I just heard the distinctive sound of a few thousand safeties going “off”.

  6. Ed Dunkle says:

    The U.S. needs to be at war constantly. If things are actually winding down a bit in the Middle East, the Mexican drug wars can take up the slack. I’m wondering how long it will be until regular, non-CIA troops are on the ground in Mexico.

  7. jhelion says:

    come join the fun over the mexican occupation at hannity if you like…

  8. Gart says:

    That’s what I call RECIPROCITY!

  9. Gart says:

    Would we be watching unmanned drones killing US suspects any time soon?

  10. divadab says:

    Interesting how our military is almost entirely engaged in futile costly wars on the other side of the world, while our own government organizes foreign military operations based on our own soil. Worse – it does nothing about the ongoing invasion from the south. And actively conspires with foreign governments and corporations to offshore the economy and deprive Americans of jobs.

    Darkcycle, I hope you’re right. Something has got to wake people up to the treason and corruption within.

  11. allan says:

    w/ the story of the Mexican operations on US soil being in the NYT, perhaps it will be noticed. For far too long the drug war has been waged on the down low, out of sight and out of mind (unless you’ve experienced the WOD first hand of course, or are a drug policy watcher). Now with the NAACP soon to join the chorus of opposition the clamor is reaching more ears. With our economic woes growing and our political machinations becoming increasingly bizarre and counterproductive (Alice indeed Kap) it boggles this mind that such a carte blanche approach to our border is allowed, and that our supposedly sacrosanct border is so… mmm… penetrable by a foreign nation.

    There are plenty of rabid border fanatics not necessarily on our side who should be sitting up and taking notice and wondering “wtf?”

    How many lights do you see?

  12. dfh says:

    i want freedom just as much as anyone, but this will just open the door to call drug users terrorist. and it will happen…already in the works. i reckon the best thing to do, if able, is to live off the land somewhere else. but hey, capt. bla bla seems to think that money will run out—it won’t. keep dreaming.

  13. Duncan20903 says:

    I think we should be calling a spade a spade and referring to the Mexican conflict as the Mexican Civil War. With the vast majority of Americans having their heads buried in the sand it’s inevitable that we’re going to see significant military engagements on US soil. Discounting Pearl Harbor and 9/11, it’s been a darn long time since that happened and IIRC we have to include the Philippines, Cuba, and/or Puerto Rico to avoid having to go back to our own Civil War to find military battles fought on American soil. There’s already been more than a few incidents of Mexicans on one side of the Rio Grande firing on American’s on our side.

  14. warren says:

    The drug thing isn`t that big. What morons. We are doomed.

    • malcolm kyle says:

      Care to elaborate for us?

    • allan says:

      I doubt “warren” will return Malcolm… his “[t]he drug thing isn’t that big” statement gives away his maroon status. And of course we’re doomed. Eventually at least. Big rocks fall from sky, the planet freezes over or dries to a crisp or the continents crack up (laughing at god’s little joke probably) and volcanoes fill the air with smoke and ash… again and again and again.

      • Duncan20903 says:

        When I read warren’s note I thought it written from the POV of someone on our side of the table. Still, it’s yet another example of the death of sarcasm and parody regardless of which side warren actually sits.

        warren has been sneaking in to the forum and snarking the position of the Know Nothings for some time, I somehow doubt he’s been assimilated. He can’t be all bad, he played the stooge allowing me to comment on tobacco smoke enemas a couple of months back.

        Google: +warren

        On May 6, 2011 at 10:30 pm warren said:

        Never.Never. People want smoke blown up their asses. Tell me another fairy tale mr. president.
        ———- ———- ———- ———- ———- ———- ———- ———-
        On March 24, 2011 at 9:50 am warren said:

        This jay rocefeller is soo far out of touch with reality that his head is up an elephants ass in India.This guy needs a few drugs to bring him DOWN.
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        On July 15, 2011 at 4:14 pm warren said:

        WHO are these morons? Inbred? These idiots lead us? How big are their kick-backs? Is their brain functioning properly?
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        On May 17, 2011 at 10:18 am warren said:

        commies couldn`t cook up shit like this. useless dingleberrys.

  15. stayan says:

    If this is a war, then I’m siding with the drugs.

    • Duncan20903 says:

      Too late, they’ve already won. The prohibitionists are just doing what’s expected of a chicken’s body when its head is disarticulated. Still running around bleeding, but quite dead.

  16. Servetus says:

    Cartels were professional enough to keep their killings and other internecine affairs on the Mexican side of the border, knowing full well what would happen if they didn’t.

    Despite the care taken by the cartels to accommodate bilateral public relations, the latest military escalation has redefined many levels of a transnational battleground that now includes launch sites on U.S. territory and U.S. technical advisors operating on Mexican soil.

    More opportunities exist for warmonger profiteering than ever before. No need for a real solution. Corruption will be endemic. The corporations will call the shots. Cartels will thrive. We can expect the first U.S. casualties anytime soon.

  17. tintguy says:

    “The government has argued that the number of deaths in Mexico is proof positive that the strategy is working and that the cartels are being weakened,” said Nik Steinberg, a specialist on Mexico at Human Rights Watch. “But the data is indisputable — the violence is increasing, human rights abuses have skyrocketed and accountability both for officials who commit abuses and alleged criminals is at rock bottom.”

    Perhaps they’re difinition of success in this area as population control south of the border.

    Do they count dead cops and politians as dead criminals?

  18. allan says:

    An outstanding and creative Oped in the San Antonio Express-News, by Pat Legan:

    Time for real debate on drug legalization

    “President Amnesia’s State of the Union speech yesterday emphasized the success of the administration during 2017 in the war on drugs. ‘We are definitely winning this war,’ the president said, citing the following:

    “‘Assassinations of U.S. local public officials, police, sheriffs and journalists by members of the United Cartels and their enforcement arm, the Zetas, were down 7 percent in 2017, to 287. Car bombings in our U.S. cities dropped by 5 percent.’

  19. Malc says:

    Consider the Blueberry Yum Yums how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that General Barry Richard McCaffrey in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day all over our national forests, and tomorrow is cast into the bowls of the world’s most enthusiastic consumers; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?

    • darkcycle says:

      mmmm…Blueberry Yum-Yums. They toil not but I will smoke them when they’re dry. And when I smoke them, I will raise my bong to the Malcolm Kyle, half a world away and shivering under Dutch skies. For as I sit under my volcano, toasting Blueberry Yum-Yums IN my Volcano, I will truly know, he is doing the same damn thing! 😉

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