We now know that the US government entered into a formal alliance with the Sinaloa (Mexico) drug cartel between 2000 and 2012.
We also know that this is tied to the "Fast and Furious" scandal in which US gun stores were ordered to sell guns via dodgy or non-existent paperwork to Mexican nationals.
We’ve known for years that most of the guns went to the Sinaloa cartel. We now know from US DEA agents that there was a formal agreement to allow the Sinaloa to take drugs into the US and ship money out.
But did you really think the buck stops there? Give me a break. For over a year now I have followed the HSBC and LIBOR banking scandals and guess what? US Banks have been laundering money into Mexico from the get-go! Note which gang the major US banks were laundering money for: the Sinaloa.
Do you really think this is a coincidence?
The US allied with the Sinaloa against other cartels. As best we can tell, and this isn’t proven yet but it makes sense, the main “enemy cartel” was the Zetas, which started out as an elite anti-cartel unit of the Mexican military given special SWAT-level training and equipment by the US before they went rogue.
And given what we now know regarding Kerry’s announcement of support for the Federales, it is safe to say that the U.S. supports what it foresees to be the ‘status quo’ in Mexico. The only problem is that the citizens of Michoacan aren’t going anywhere, and they’re not going to put down their arms.
This doesn’t involve just Mexican citizens anymore. We now also know that Mexican-Americans have left the U.S. in order to provide assistance to the Autodefensas. If the U.S., in supporting the Federales, attempt to disarm the citizens, who is to say more Mexican-Americans won’t continue to cross the border?
Let’s say the U.S. forgoes actually sending troops into Mexico - we know they have drones at their disposal. They have already used them on American soil, like they did during the Chrisopher Dorner manhunt. What happens when U.S. forces [inevitably] kill an innocent kid? The American public might buy the whole “militant” narrative when its half a world away in countries they’ve been conditioned to admonish, but I have a feeling such an event right along our border would resonate far more in even the most ignorant mind.
Or if they put boots on the ground, how will the Autodefensas respond? We know they arrested their own law enforcement officers. How are they going to respond to the soldiers of the regime who financially and systematically enabled the cartels in the first place? It would not be hard for the media to label the “armed vigilantes” in Michoacan as terrorists. They’re one dead soldier away from it, actually.
If the U.S. enters the situation in Mexico with anything other than a helping hand to the actual people, there will likely be consequences for both countries that we can’t even foresee. I think one way we could mitigate this issue immediately would be to rally behind a national [federal] decriminalization of all drugs. The cartels make their money from drugs and rely on the black market in the U.S. for a substantial portion of their revenue. We could begin to bleed their pockets dry tomorrow if our Congress actually pushed through the proper legislation in a manner consistent with the Constitution.