Despite pressure from protest groups in both the United States and Mexico, it appears that nothing much will change in terms of Washingtonâ€™s anti-drug support to its southern neighbor following a meeting between President Barack Obama and his Mexican counterpart, Enrique PeÃ±a Nieto. […]
â€œOur commitment is to be a friend and supporter of Mexico in its efforts to eliminate the scourge of violence and the drug cartels that are responsible for much of the tragedy inside of Mexico,â€ Obama said. â€œWe want to be a good partner in that process while recognizing that ultimately it will be up to Mexico and its law enforcement to carry the key decisions that need to be made.â€
The U.S. has to date provided $2.1 billion to Mexico to combat drug trafficking in the country under the MÃ©rida Initiative â€“ which is pejoratively known as “Plan Mexico.” While the Initiative is loosely modeled after a similar effort in Colombia, many critics claim that it is doing more harm than good â€“ citing as evidence the widespread corruption in Mexicoâ€™s civil police forces and a soaring murder rate since its implementation.
Hey, why change your approach when you’ve got one that’s failed so spectacularly for so many years?