Or, perhaps the UNODC and U.S. has already gotten to him?
That change, however, may not be what most Mexicans were expecting.
â€œA transnational phenomenon requires a transnational strategy,â€ Ã“scar Naranjo, Colombiaâ€™s former director of the National Police and current advisor to PeÃ±a Nieto, told reporters last week.Â â€œNo country can succeed in an insular and isolated manner if it is to achieve timely or definitive victories.â€
Transnational. That’s the word that the UNODC loves to use.
Far from â€œre-envisioningâ€ the approach taken by outgoing President Felipe Calderon, credited with having launched the crackdown on the countryâ€™s drug cartels in 2006, PeÃ±a Nieto is preparing the Mexican people for a major escalation. It is a shift that could draw in military forces from Mexicoâ€™s neighbors, including the United States.
Mexico has not had foreign troops on its soil since the U.S. invaded in 1847. The countryâ€™s constitution bans foreign troops from its territory.Â But Mexican officials have been quietly developing strategies for circumventing these prohibitions.Â
High-ranking advisors suggest one strategy would be to develop a â€œmultinationalâ€ military force comprised of American, Colombian and Chilean military advisors to work with Mexican marines and special forces under an international mandate.
â€œNot only the United States, but the world, must ally with Mexico to help Mexico overcome the challenge of transnational crime,â€ Naranjo continued.
The article goes on to speculate that the “accidental” incursion into Mexican airspace by U.S. drones may actually have been part of a larger plan.
Much of this is speculation, and I don’t know enough about political structures in Mexico to weigh the information, but it certainly is disturbing… and unfortunately doesn’t seem far-fetched.
And, of course, one of the problems is that perversely so little was actually discussed about the drug war during the campaign.
For PeÃ±a Nieto, it is clear that had he openly debated this course of action, the presidential election might have turned out differently.