National Drug Threat Assessment 2010

The Dept of Justice has published an update on one of our longest wars, declared by President Nixon at a press conference on 17 June 1971 (more explicitly to Congress here).  Only the War on Poverty (declared by LBJ on 8 January 1964) has run longer.  (I have not found a date for first use … Continue reading National Drug Threat Assessment 2010

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Stratfor looks at Mexico: The War with the Cartels in 2009

There are few if any foreign policy issues more serious for America than our relations to Mexico, and few foreign threats over which we have so little influence. "Mexico:  The War with the Cartels in 2009", Scott Stewart and Alex Posey, Stratfor, 9 December 2009 -- Reposted with permission.  Links to additional information appear at … Continue reading Stratfor looks at Mexico: The War with the Cartels in 2009

Update about Mexico, the failing state on our border

Mexico continues to fall apart in slow-mo.  There seems to be little we can do to help, so our government pretends all is fine -- rather than take defensive measures. Contents Mexico Security Memo, Stratfor, 9 November 2009 -- A typical week in Mexico, reported by one of the few agencies covering this important story. … Continue reading Update about Mexico, the failing state on our border

American fiddles in Asia while Mexico burns on our very border

While we squander our resources on the other side of the world, our neighbor to the South deteriorates -- desperately needing aid.  In Mexico we see the decline of the State accellerating into what might soon become an advanced state of decay.  As Martin van Creveld said over a decade ago, Mexico might turn out … Continue reading American fiddles in Asia while Mexico burns on our very border

Let’s blow the fog away and see what General McChrystal really said

Summary:  the McChrystal's Assesment consists of layers of absurdity, piled high.  Future generations will study it as a prime example of early 21st century madness, when such a thing was taken seriously. Essentials of the McChrystal's Initial Commander's Assessment of the Af-Pak War, released 30 August 2009. Amnesia is the essential requirement The key strategic element … Continue reading Let’s blow the fog away and see what General McChrystal really said

Stratfor reports about “The Role of the Mexican Military in the Cartel War”

Mexico offers perhaps the greatest foreign policy challenge to the United States.  Few nations' internal problems have greater potential to hurt America; over few nations do we have so little ability to influence their developments (as our shared history makes them allergic to our assistance). "The Role of  the Mexican Military in the Cartel War", Stephen Meiners … Continue reading Stratfor reports about “The Role of the Mexican Military in the Cartel War”

The sky darkens over Mexico

The news from our southern neighbor grows worse.  At the end are links to previous posts warning about Mexico. "Mexico remittances plunge in worst drop on record", BusinessWeek, 1 July 2009 "Analysts More Pessimistic About Mexican Economy", Latin America Herald Tribune, 2 July 2009 "Opposition Wins Majority in Mexican Vote", New York Times, 5 July 2009 … Continue reading The sky darkens over Mexico