The escalating brutality south of our border has now caught the attention of a branch of the Defense Department, if not our President. The U.S. Joint Forces Command based in Norfolk, Va., has just completed an assessment of the world’s most significant security threats. The intelligence report concludes: “two large and important states bear consideration for a rapid and sudden collapse: Pakistan and Mexico.”
If the Mexican government were to fail and collapse into chaos, it “could represent a homeland security problem of immense proportions to the Untied States.” According to the report, Mexico’s “government, its politicians, police, and judicial infrastructure are all under sustained assault and pressure by criminal gangs and drug cartels.”
Former drug czar General Barry McCaffrey describes the situation: "The outgunned Mexican law enforcement authorities face armed criminal attacks from platoon-sized units employing night vision goggles, electronic intercept collection, encrypted communications, fairly sophisticated information operations, sea-going submersibles, helicopters and modern transport aviation, automatic weapons, RPG’s, Anti-Tank 66 mm rockets, mines and booby traps, heavy machine guns, 50 cal sniper rifles, massive use of military hand grenades, and the most modern models of 40mm grenade machine guns."
Last year, the drug war claimed over 6,616 lives. And it isn’t just the bad guys who are dying. In December, a police chief and eight soldiers were found decapitated in the state of Guerrer. Last month in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, the Police Commander Martin Castro was decapitated and his head was found in a cooler outside the police station. A calling card of the local drug cartel was enclosed.
According to one reporter, “The border cities of Juarez and Tijuana wake up each morning to find streets littered with mutilated, often headless bodies. Some victims are dumped outside schools. Most are wrapped in a cheap blanket and tossed into an empty lot.”
“There is a new and different violence in this war," said Victor Clark Alfaro, the founder of the Binational Center for Human Rights. "Each method is now more brutal, more extreme than the last. To cut off heads? That is now what they like. They are going to the edge of what is possible for human beings to do."
And thanks to our wide open borders, the kidnappings, killings, and the thugs that commit them are spilling right into our country. In December, the U.S. Justice Department’s National Gang Intelligence Center reported that Mexican gangs are the “biggest organized crime threat to the United States.” Mexican drug cartels now “control most of the U.S. drug market,” and they do so with an unimaginably sophisticated communication systems used to reach organizations in some 230 American cities.
Membership in these gangs is one million strong, and the drug lords of Mexico are major players in the U.S. crime rings in the United States. According to a recent report by National Drug Intelligence Center, “The influence of Mexican drug trafficking organizations over domestic drug trafficking is unrivaled.”
Criminal Mexican gangs are running billions of dollars worth of drugs into our country and funding violent criminal organizations in hundreds of our towns and cities. In order to keep their billion dollar enterprise thriving, the drug lords in Mexico have built powerful armies to fight one another and the Mexican government for control of that country. They could win, and Mexico could collapse into chaos.
The real crime is that for years our leaders have failed to secure the border and Americans have paid the high cost of their cowardice behavior. Now we are threatened by a foreign enemy smack on our border that is well funded, well armed, as ruthless and brutal as we have ever known. The threat is far greater than Iraq, Iran, or Afghanistan has ever been — and it is imminent.
There is no more time for baby steps designed to do nothing but give elected officials cover. Now is the time to get that fence built, supported by the most advanced technology and reinforced with America’s finest — the U.S. Marines.
President Obama can talk about change, limit salaries of Wall Street executives, and visit charter schools all he wants, but if he fails to secure this nation now, he will be out of office in four years wishing he had half the reputation of Jimmy Carter.