“It’s looking more and more like Colombia looked 20 years ago, where the narco-traffickers controlled certain parts of the country,” Clinton said at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. “These drug cartels are showing more and more indices of insurgencies.”
Members of Mexico’s drug trafficking organizations are increasingly moving their families to the United States, according to an alert from the National Drug Intelligence Center, obtained by the Mexican paper El Universal.
The alert warns that the shift has led to growing threat of violence along the southwest border, and says U.S. security agencies are now starting to seek information on the identities of members of Mexican crime groups who are living or frequently traveling in the U.S. (Please see story by clicking here.)
Dated March 27, 2011, the notice was reportedly distributed to agencies under the U.S. Department of Justice and Homeland Security, as well as embassies and border checkpoints last week.
Mexican drug trafficking organizations are operating more than 230 U.S. cities and have expanded their presence beyond the Border States, deputy secretary of state Roberta Jacobson said this week.
The Sinaloa cartel has the largest presence, with cells in at least 75 cities, while the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas have operations in at least 37 cities. The Juarez Cartel is established in 33 cities, the Adrian Beltran Leyva organization is in 30 cities, and the Tijuana Cartel is in 21 cities.
Well then just a minute here…this is so typical of Hillary Clinton as well as her cohorts in politics. Let’s just ask a simple question then, shall we? Why is there a mad scramble going on within Congressional Sub-Committees investigating various members of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) who, under the directives of Project Gunrunner felt it necessary to ship untold amounts of assault weapons to Mexico. Our next question is who were the intended recipients, those who oppose the cartel’s or to the cartels themselves?
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged Mexico to stay the course in an admittedly “messy”
war against drug cartels, saying Monday that the Obama administration will help with new controls on the flow of American guns across the border. (Why are we sending guns and other ordinance to Mexico?)
Clinton gave strong support for Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s battle against the country’s entrenched drug trafficking organizations. And she offered continued U.S. assistance from policing to improving Mexico’s judicial system.
Clinton said there was no alternative to confronting the cartels head-on.
“It is messy. It causes lots of terrible things to be on the news,” Clinton said after meeting Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa in the postcard-perfect central Mexican city of Guanajuato.