Drug cartels a top agenda item for US-Mexico talks

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    WASHINGTON - President Obama shuns talk of a "war on drugs." But when he welcomes Mexican President Felipe Calderón to the White House Wednesday, that nation's bloody fight with drug cartels - and its implications for U.S. security and immigration policy - will be a top agenda item.

    The meeting comes as U.S. policymakers reassess the long-standing fight against the drug trade. Last week, with the death toll from Calderón's 3-year-old crackdown surpassing 23,000, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the brutality and barbarism in Mexico is "just beyond imagination."

    But while she reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to helping Mexico disrupt the cartels, she questioned the traditional emphasis on interdiction: "We are nowhere near what I would consider to be an effective strategy."

    With that backdrop, experts on drug policy will be watching the two-day Calderón visit for clues on Obama's approach to the drug trade.

    The drug policy the Obama administration issued earlier this month calls for shifting emphasis toward addiction treatment and prevention as a way to stanch demand for drugs, though two-thirds of the $15.5 billion drug-control budget is still dedicated to law enforcement.

    So, folks like John Walters, the U.S. drug czar under George W. Bush, are hoping to hear a sharp message from Obama when Calderón is at his side, such as: "We are going to destroy these mafias together, and we will not back down in the face of threats, and we will support the brave campaign of President Calderón.

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    Hittin' the cartels in their wallets...
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    That's not 4 more graves - that's 4 more MASS graves...
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    Granny says, "Dat's right - if we don't stop it down there, dat drug war gonna come up here...
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    Mexican drug cartels growin' marijuana in US parks...
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    Expert: Mexican Drug Cartels Infesting US, Even Our National Parks
    Apr 22, 2011 | Lost in the rhetoric about illegal immigration are new reports that Mexican drug cartels have moved into the United States, gaining a major foothold here that may be the start of a permanent expansion onto this side of the border. They're even growing marijuana in our national parks, one expert says.
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    I know Mexico didn't try very hard to stop Hitler in WW2, but come on Hillary, did you even hear about "the holocaust"? Beyond imagination? The killings in Mexico haven't even come close to the amount of casualties in any war the US ever had.
     
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    Dey got walls in Mexico, why can't we put up a wall like dey got in China to keep `em on their side of the border?...
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    More "Let's pretend we really give a shit" talks?

    Nothing more that rhetoric.

    Reap what you sow, America.
     
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    "The Mexicans started this war under the rather childish delusion that they were going to attack the United States, and nobody was going to attack them. They sowed the wind, and now they are going to reap the whirlwind.­"”

    Paraphrased from a WW2 "Bomber" Harris quote
     

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