Wednesday, December 3, 2008

$400 Million To Mexico To Fight Drugs

According to this article, the US government is giving Mexico $400 million to fight the drug trade.

I should write some witty, creative diatribe against us giving money to a country whose citizens are coming here and sucking us dry, but I won't.

I could write about how we already support half of their economy from money sent home by illegal aliens working and taking jobs from American citizens. Not going to mention that though.

Finally, I am certainly not going to say anything about how much we could use this $400 million right now with the economy in the toilet and all.

Instead I am going to give you excerpts of the article and let you draw your own conclusions. I certainly do not want to be accused of trying to influence anyone even though this package is clearly wrong. But I'm not going to say anything like that.

All emphasis mine.

The U.S. government finally released the first part of a $400 million aid package Wednesday to support Mexico's police and soldiers in their fight against drug cartels.

The money comes at a critical time: Mexico's death toll from drug violence has soared above 4,000 so far this year, and drug-related murders and kidnappings are spilling over the U.S. border as well.

Call me Amerocentric but I am more concerned about the ones that are spilling over the U.S. border

The aid to Mexico — which includes no cash — includes helicopters and surveillance aircraft, airport inspection equipment and case-tracking software to help police share real-time intelligence. It also supports Mexican efforts to weed out corrupt police, improve the judicial system and protect witnesses.

Most of it, however, will go to notoriously corrupt police forces and the same military whose soldiers have tortured, raped and killed innocent civilians while battling the cartels, according to Mexico's National Human Rights Commission. President Felipe Calderon himself said more than half of state and local police can't be trusted, and federal ranks are rife with corrupt officers.

So we are giving them money for use by corrupt police? No wonder the American voters are cynical and distrustful of the federal government.

Colombia places almost no restrictions on U.S. support, allowing U.S. soldiers and drug agents to operate freely in its territory. But Mexicans have always chafed at U.S. military aid, and Calderon's administration objected to human rights restrictions proposed by U.S. lawmakers, who ultimately dropped most of the conditions.

I love the arrogance of Mexico taking money from us but refusing to allow any restriction on it.

"The U.S. has to go after the flow of guns and bulk cash and stolen vehicles that go from north to south over our southern border," one of Obama's top Latin America advisers, Dan Restrepo, told The AP. "It's our responsibility to do far more than what we're doing to cut off those flows."

The only thing I can say about this is what the Hell? What about stopping the flow from south to north over our southern border? Most members of the Democratic party oppose stopping the flow of illegals over the border but now they want to help secure the Mexican border from us?

Democrats in Congress already shifted more than $100 million of Colombia's aid to nonmilitary purposes, such as strengthening the judicial system and responding to the world's worst internal refugee crisis after Sudan.

Again, we are giving assistance to another country to help them with their refugee crisis yet do not want to even acknowledge that we have our own refugee crisis to deal with, let alone dealing with it.

I have always been of a mind that we should demand Mexico assist us in stopping the flow of illegals over the border. They have shown they can do it if they want to, they close their southern border to illegals from the south. We give a lot of aid to Mexico, it's time to stop expecting something for it. Either they stop the flow of illegals, or no funds.


Z said...

Okay, Chuck, you're one of my VERY favorite bloggers, but this really ticked me OFF!! How can I read this and SLEEP TONIGHT!! WHO made America so weak we're putting UP WITH THIS RIDICULOUS STUFF???

I'm sending YOU the bill for my Ambien!!

Excellent piece..who'd EVER have thought an American would have to WRITE THIS? I'm thinking that we've all gone insane......

ALL THAT MONEY..on top of what we do for them now? There's been speculation that the Bush WH gave in a lot to MX because their intel told them that MX would be a bigger problem with civil war...they'd ALL pour over our borders because of that war. Like who'd NOTICE MORE??

MK said...

Well said Chuck.

The way i see it, why don't they just spend the 400mil on securing the border, instead of giving it to Mexico.

I mean if the flow of drugs doesn't slow/stop, will you get the money back, yeah didn't think so.

Chuck said...

Z, you love the part about protecting their border from us?

Try Benadryl, it's cheap.

Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

It's the gift that keeps on giving...

Tina Hemond said...

Chuck, the old adage "The Lunatics are Running the Asylum" comes into play here - This is but one example - the so-called "war on drugs" - if that money was used to secure the border, and we enforced the current immigration laws (which technically are not broken), it would, realistically, not solve the drug problem, it would however, slow it down a bit. Excellent post.

Aaron Proctor said...

Can't we just cut Mexico off?

How much money do we send to Canada per year?

I'm sick of supporting a country who encourages its citizens to violate our national security and hop into our country.

Ducky's here said...

Ah, the War on Drugs. Another right wing gift that keeps on giving.

Aaron Proctor said...

You might enjoy this, Chuck:

Christopher Hamilton said...

They already take enough money from us. Another reason why our economy isn't doing that great.

Christopher Hamilton
The Right Opinion, for the Right Wing

Chuck said...

MK, good point. If nothing gets across the border, it slows drugs. Guess you guys have the advantage of living on an island huh?

Pasadena, yup

Tina, thanks. This is what I was saying to MK

Aaron, I'm personally in favor. If they don't cut off immigration, cut off the funds

Ducky, welcome and thanks for stopping by. You don't need to thank us for trying to protect you. The opponents of the drug war oversimplify the drug problem in that they label it a personal "choice". As with a lot of other "choices" the left fight for the rights to, they ignore how this personal choice effects other people. There are a lot of people that die from the drug trade, innocent or not, and I do not believe legalizing them will prevent this. Alcohol is legal and it destroys a lot of lives also.

Christopher, agreed. While I am not fully opposed to helping other countries, at soem we need to take care of our own.