Stratfor looks at the drug cartel’s insurgency against Mexico

Summary: Immigration from Mexico was a hot issue in Campaign 2016. An equally serious danger was ignored -- contagion to the US from the insurgency of drug cartels against Mexico. Geopolitical infections spread just as biological ones do. Here Stratfor gives us a status report for Mexico's decade-long war on drugs. A wall will not … Continue reading Stratfor looks at the drug cartel’s insurgency against Mexico

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STRATFOR gives A New Way to Think About Mexican Organized Crime

Summary: Stratfor looks at events in our southern partner, whose dynamics we ignore but might have a decisive effect on 21st century America. Trade, crime, immigration -- Mexico is a central player in all of these, yet we pay more attention to events in Yemen. It's another example of our cloudy vision, a weakness that … Continue reading STRATFOR gives A New Way to Think About Mexican Organized Crime

Assassination as Policy in Washington: How It Failed Then and Fails Now

Summary: The horrific effects of our long War on Drugs have spread like heroin through the Republic. Wasted resources, wrecked communities, eroded rights. This post looks at a lesser-known example, how it accustomed us to use of assassination. Even less-known is that it failed then just as its failed in the War On Terror.  Today … Continue reading Assassination as Policy in Washington: How It Failed Then and Fails Now

About Fourth Generation Infections

Summary:  Chet Richards explains the nature of outlaw organizations in the 21st century.  Less dangerous but more difficult to exterminate than insurgents.  Not romantic, but profitable.  Like warfare, crime will always be with us -- but its form evolves along with society. We now have two chronic examples of fourth generation infections: The Somali pirates Narcotrafficking … Continue reading About Fourth Generation Infections