Obama in Mexico: end of a disastrous alliance against drugs


Rafael Morales

The recent capture of relatives of “Chapo” Guzmán, the feared leader most powerful drug cartel in the world, a few hours before the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama, is a playful little wink made by the Mexican government to series soothe doubts and criticisms that generated in Washington’s new policy to combat drug trafficking in Mexico.

After the disastrous policy pursued in the past by Felipe Calderón government, not only left tens of thousands dead but also “desaparecidos” (missing  more than 26 000 people, recently recognized by the Mexican government) the new administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto recognizable seeks to generate a new strategy in the public perception that crime begin effectively controlled.

Now Obama will be with a president whose victory did not result in post-electoral conflict. Unlike Calderon, the resounding victory of Enrique Peña Nieto gives him a base of popular support that will not force him to search in the war on drugs the legitimacy of the polls. If to this is added Pacto por México, the strategy that achieves arrange the support of the main opposition parties for promoting major reforms, the president could suspend the continuation of bilateral cooperation.

Americans’ doubts are well founded if followed the statements of various Mexican officials who suggest that to achieve a significant drop in violence may establish a truce with the drug, especially, changing tactics to eliminate the leaders of the groups criminal intelligence using his government tactic in the past proved to be completely ineffective in increasing the number of victims precisely, on and off the drug.

In the past, the problem of binational cooperation is that would have a high cost, because the help of the Americans arrive only if Mexicans could accept a transfer of sovereignty with greater interference by the security agencies in the design and operation of crime programs. The problem now is that the strategy of cooperation with the United States has failed, so that the delivery of national security so abject may not be repeated.

In the end, the question remains: Mexico can cope with the power of the drug without the help of the United States?

2 comentarios

  • Victor Manuel Ruvalcaba Garcia

    Estimado Sr. Morales, en verdad son muy buenos sus articulos, sin embargo mi ingles no es muy bueno… a donde los puedo leer en Español?
    Un Abrazo y Muchas Bendiciones.

  • Claudia Cardona

    La historia nos ha enseñado que las intervenciones Norteamericanas en países menos desarrollados siempre han sido de provecho para el que interviene y de negativas consecuencias para el intervenido, no somos ingenuos, sólo en las consecuencias sabremos a lo que realmente vinieron aunque bueno, ya desde hace un tiempo sabemos de su interés en los recursos que le ofrece nuestro país.

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