U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that America's "insatiable" demand for illegal drugs and inability to stop weapons smuggling into Mexico are fueling an alarming spike in violence along the U.S.-Mexican border.
Clinton said the United States shares responsibility with Mexico for dealing with the violence. She said the administration will work with Mexican authorities to improve security on both sides of the border.
"Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade," she said. "Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the deaths of police officers, soldiers and civilians."
"I feel very strongly we have a co-responsibility," she told reporters accompanying her to Mexico City a day after the Obama administration said it would send more money, technology and manpower to secure the United States' Southwestern frontier and help Mexico battle the cartels.
"These criminals are outgunning the law enforcement officials," she said, referring to guns and military-style equipment like night vision goggles and body armor that the cartels are smuggling into Mexico from the United States.
"Clearly, what we have been doing has not worked and it is unfair for our incapacity ... to be creating a situation where people are holding the Mexican government and people responsible," Clinton said. "That's not right.
I agree with everything the Secretary says. I know some of her critics are quick to point out that there are certain kinds of weapons that can't be bought legalally in the US. You can buy any type of weapon here in the US for money. I am sure the drug lords in Mexico know this.
She is also telling the truth about the violence in Mexico being similiar to the crack cocaine wars of the 80s and 90s. I know she is correct because I live in the hood. I lived through the crack wars and those times were rough. I raised my children in those neighborhoods.
This has now spread south of the borders.
I am proud of Hillary for telling the truth. People like to look away but millions of Americans are killed every year in this war and as long as crack cocaine continues to be the sole economy in the ghettos the higher the death rate will climb.