So we’re not really fighting in Iraq anymore and Afghanistan from what I hear has only gotten marginally better since we’ve been there and North Korea seems hell bent on re-igniting the Korean War before Kim Jong Il kicks the bucket. But according to RedState, Mexico, like it or not, will have to be the next front in American security.
It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. The question then becomes: What to do with Mexico after we invade it and wipe out the drug cartels (as much as can be). Does the United States merely return Mexico to a nation state of corrupt politicians, failed economic policies, and lawlessness, or do we annex Mexico and turn it into the 51st state?
For many of us, there is a certain false security in believing that, since most of America’s streets are not filled with the murder and mayhem that is going on just South of our borders, we have nothing to worry about. The feeling that most Americans likely have is: Well, it’s their problem, not ours. However, that illusion of security is quickly being eroded with the stories of American police officers being threatened by Mexican drug cartels, of kidnappings and drug murders in Arizona and Texas, of control of certain parts of Arizona and forays into New Mexico and Colorado by drug cartels, of teenagers being turned into hitmen, and American tourists being kidnapped or killed while on vacation in Mexico.
Mexico, with its kidnappings and more than 28,000 murders in the last four years alone, is being terrorized. Now, instead of economic refugees coming across our borders in search of jobs and income, humanitarian refugees are fleeing Mexico in order to stay alive. However, despite all of that, if one thought that only certain parts of Mexico are under the control of the cartels, that illusion was shattered on Tuesday when this map was presented on a heart-breaking post on RedState that shows that almost all of Mexico has been taken over by drug cartels.
Essentially: Mexico has been completely taken over by drug lords and in the very near future, it will be in America’s best interest to invade and wipe out the drug cartels, since the Mexican government seems unable to, before this lawlessness spills over in large quantities over the border.
Personally, I’m not entirely comfortable with the idea of America being global police, as in “there’s a bad guy in this country, so invade”, but this is a more complicated issue, since Mexico is our direct neighbor— the argument then becomes that it’s not a matter of America using its military to simply protect sometimes vage “American interests”, but the country itself. Or is this all just alarmist, gun-waving bullshit?