Clinton, ahead of her arrival in Mexico City, gave a mega mea culpa, saying the U.S. is equally at fault for much of Mexico's spiraling drug-fueled violence.
She acknowledged a "co-responsibility" for the conflict -- the kind of admission that Mexico long accused the previous White House of never making."Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade," Clinton said. "Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the deaths of police officers, soldiers and civilians."
Reading another article on this in my local newspaper got me thinking about several points:
- No, we're not. The drug cartels in Mexico are also the product of a corrupt system of government in that country that has long had their hand out for the mordida and the willingness to look the other way once the palms were greased.
- How many of the customers on the US side are illegal immigrants?
- I suspect that "inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border" ignores the fact that weapons can be easily secured in Mexico and throughout Central America, the United States not being the sole source, and is really being said to support future attacks on legitimate gun ownership in America, where eventually my Model 1911 .45 will be declared an "assault weapon" because it just is.
- I think the meth labs in the scrublands east of Los Angeles in San Bernardino county should hire a PR firm to start a "Buy American" campaign.