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"U.S. to blame for much of Mexico violence: Clinton

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Last Edited: March 26, 2009, 10:34 am

Happy the US has friends in such high places. "Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade. Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the death of police officers, soldiers and civilians"

Isn't Clinton a proponent issuing illegals driver's licenses, granting amnesty?

Understand from a very reliable source illegals know through the grapevine where to buy SS #'s. This has enabled illegals to go to South Carolina (used to be Tennessee) where a SS # and utility bill shown as proof of residency enable them to obtain a South Carolina drivers license. That driver's license is then be transferred to other states.

Gun shows do standard background checks the same as gun stores for anyone wishing to purchase a gun. Social Security number which is the benchmark used for background checks is plugged into the system and if it comes back clean anyone including an illegal can purchase a gun.

Simple mechanism and the buck stops in Washington, but liberals find it much easier to direct attention away from their own blatent inaction.  Confiscate Second Amendment rights from law abiding legal US citizens and everything will be fine in liberal land. 
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"U.S. to blame for much of Mexico violence: Clinton

Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:54pm EDT
Source Reuters 
By Arshad Mohammed

"MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An "insatiable" appetite in the United States for illegal drugs is to blame for much of the violence ripping through Mexico, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday.

Clinton acknowledged the U.S. role in Mexico's vicious drug war as she arrived in Mexico for a two-day visit where she discussed U.S. plans to ramp up security on the border with President Felipe Calderon.

A surge in drug gang killings to 6,300 last year and fears the violence could seep over the border has put Mexico's drug war high on President Barack Obama's agenda, after years of Mexico feeling that Washington was neglecting a joint problem.

"Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade. Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the death of police officers, soldiers and civilians," Clinton told reporters during her flight to Mexico City.

"I feel very strongly we have a co-responsibility."

Clinton said the Obama administration strongly backed Mexico in its fight with the drug cartels and vowed the United States would try to speed up the transfer of drug-fighting equipment promised under a 2007 agreement.

"We will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you ... Our relationship is far greater than any threat," Clinton said at a news conference in Mexico City.

Crushing the drug cartels, who arm themselves with smuggled U.S. weapons and leave slain rivals, sometimes beheaded, in public streets, has become the biggest test of Calderon's presidency as the bloodshed rattles investors and tourists.

Washington plans to ramp up border security with a $184 million program to add 360 security agents to border posts and step up searches for smuggled drugs, guns and cash.

The Obama administration will spend $725 million to modernize border crossings and provide about $80 million to help Mexico purchase Black Hawk helicopters, Clinton said.

It was unclear whether this would be new money from the United States or whether the Obama administration had already requested the funds from Congress.

In Washington, Senator Joseph Lieberman said Obama's plans were not enough and he would seek $385 million more from Congress to pay for 1,600 more Customs and Border Patrol agents and bolster law enforcement centers in border areas.

"The danger here is clear and present. It threatens to get worse," Lieberman said.

CHALLENGES

Clinton will use her visit to address a trucking dispute with Mexico and long-running trade and immigration issues.

She said the trading partners were making headway on a spat which saw Mexico slam high tariffs on an estimated $2.4 billion worth of U.S. goods after the U.S. Congress ended a pilot program to let Mexican trucks operate in the United States.

"On the trucking dispute, we are working to try to resolve it. We are making progress," she said, adding that she expects Congress will be receptive to the administration's ideas.

Clinton, whose includes a stop in the northern business city of Monterrey on Thursday, said the thorny issues on the table did not mean that U.S.-Mexico relations were in trouble.

"I don't see it that way," she said. "I think that we have some specific challenges ... but every relationship has challenges in it."

Mexico has felt slighted by a delay in the arrival of drug-fighting equipment pledged by former President George W. Bush, as U.S. officials have sought assurances that the aid would not end up in the hands of corrupt officials or police.

The U.S. Congress this month trimmed the amount of drug aid money it will set aside this fiscal year to $300 million from $400 million last year, under a pledge of $1.4 billion to Mexico and Central America over three years.

Since taking office in December 2006, Calderon has spent more than $6.4 billion on his drug war and sent 45,000 troops and federal police to trouble spots around the country.

Mexico has repeatedly said, however, that its efforts will come to nothing if the United States does not clamp down on the smuggling of U.S. guns used in 90 percent of drug crimes south of the border.

Clinton described the violence Mexico is grappling with as "horrendous" and said cartels were alarmingly well equipped.

"It's not only guns. It's night vision goggles. It's body armor. These criminals are outgunning the law enforcement officials," she said. "When you go into a gun fight, where you are trying to round up bad guys and they have ... military style equipment that is much better than yours, you start out at a disadvantage."

(Additional reporting by Catherine Bremer; Editing by Kieran Murray)

© Thomson Reuters 2009 All rights reserved"

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE52O5RF20090325?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&rpc=22&sp=true

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Comments

1.
emilygComment by emilyg - March 26, 2009, 2:18 pm
She is right. Our people have an appetite for drugs and being dumbed down.
2.
konaneComment by konane - March 26, 2009, 2:54 pm
Thanks Em!! Given the current state of the economy I hope more people are sobering up.
3.
Rick GComment by Rick G - March 27, 2009, 9:28 am
No she is not right. The reason for the drug wars in Mexico is because drugs are ILLEGAL in both Mexico and the US. Our shared border happens to be an entry point into the US. The reason for the drug wars is NOT because of American customers demand.

She is also insinuating that American gun owners are supplying Mexican drug cartels with "assault weapons". This is an outrageous lie in her effort to disarm the US citizenry. The Mexican drug cartels use weapons that are unavailable to American gun owners (fully automatic guns, RPG's, etc.). There are many suppliers of these guns (including the US govt. and China.). Joe six-pak is NOT buying rifles to sell to Mexican drug cartels.

Her convoluted reasoning would only fool those uninformed on the issue. Much the same as labeling a rifle an "assault weapon" because it has a removable magazine or because it has a grip on the front of the stock, or because it has a device for eliminating the flash from the muzzle. All of these "assault" features are simply for making the gun safer and more convenient for the user. By falsely labeling it an "Assault" weapon it conjures up images of "assaulting" with the "weapon". Assault is a verb and applies to humans or animals. Inanimate objects (guns) do not "assault". A gun is a firearm. It becomes a weapon when used against somebody. When the assault weapons ban was allowed to expire in 2004, there was NO corresponding increase in crime using these firearms.

The drug war is a means for funding other illegal activities. For example, the CIA is involved in trafficking drugs to pay for their clandestine operations. That is why you didn't read about past CIA plane crashes in Mexico, southwest US, and South America that contained tons of pot or cocaine being smuggled into the country ON CIA PLANES. And Hillary knows ALL about this. Ask her about Mena, Arkansas. Her eyes will shoot wide open like a deer in headlights as she scrambles to explain the drug running operation in her state while she was first lady of that state and with her full knowledge.

The drug war is a tool used by governments and criminal organizations around the world. They do not want to legalize it because it will remove a major source of funding for illegal activities. Under the Taliban, poppy cultivation in Afghanistan had been eliminated by 98%. Now after eight years of NATO, poppy cultivation has regained its prominence as THE cash crop of Afghanistan. There is an OVERSUPPLY of heroin on the world market because of it.

These politicians like to blame America's problems on you and me to obfuscate their culpability in failed policy. It is OUR fault for the economic collapse, it is OUR fault Mexican gangs are fighting each other, it is OUR fault we are attacked because they "hate our freedom".   Bull$h!t. We are NOT the bad guys, THEY are.

Apologies to konane for the lengthy comment.
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konaneComment by konane - March 30, 2009, 12:13 am
Rick G awesome rant, please feel free to post as long as you like on my blog!!!

Hillary AND other leftists love to blame Americans for scenarios they as a borg-mind group implemented so they can tear down the fabric of the nation. That 'play' is currently running full force in our government right now and I'm not sure where it's going to leave America when the rest of us wake up.

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