Thursday, April 21, 2011

Do we need to get more aggressive with Mexico?

Mexican authorities Tuesday reported the discovery of 28 more bodies in a northeastern state, bringing to 116 the number of dead unearthed since officials began investigating mass kidnappings of bus passengers.
As horror mounts over the savagery in Tamaulipas, federal officials said they had sent in more troops and would carry out “constant monitoring” of highways in the violence-ravaged border state.
The government of President Felipe Calderon has poured troops into Tamaulipas after previous episodes of grisly violence. But nothing has quelled bloodletting by drug-trafficking gangs that are essentially in control of big swaths of the state.

Mexico’s interior minister, Jose Francisco Blake Mora, said criminal gangs were acting out of “desperation.” Officials have arrested 17 people in connection with the bodies.
“Organized crime, in its desperation, resorts to committing extraordinary atrocities that we cannot and should not tolerate,” Blake said after meeting with Tamaulipas Gov. Egidio Torre Cantu in Mexico City.

Before Tuesday, a series of mass graves found within a week in rural San Fernando had yielded 88 bodies, amid reports that gunmen were stopping buses and seizing passengers.

What can be done without going into a direct conflict with Mexico? 

How would you assess the government's handling of security issues?

There has been complete lack of response to many of the emergencies by this administration. The president will usually let the situation develop, review the response from various media sources and then finally after days if not weeks after a crisis respond to it as if the event had just taken place.

This has been the standard practice of this administration and continues to impact the U.S. response time in emergency situations. If this administration continues to practice the response this way, worrying more about what the public will view it as and not about what needs to be taken care of immediately it could cost not only more taxpayer dollars but the lives of Americans when the government waits to respond due to political impact fears.

Let us know what you think about this issue.