In what strikes me as a really bad idea, it looks like American military forces are headed to Mexico to fight the War On (Some) Drugs:
The US is drawing up comprehensive plans to help Mexico in its fight against drug-trafficking, a senior military official has told Congress.
Gen Gene Renuart, head of the US Northern Command, told a Senate hearing that troops or anti-narcotics agents would be sent to the Mexican border.
The plan could be finalised as early as this week, he added.
Correspondents say Mexico’s mounting drug violence has emerged as a real national security threat to the US.
“Certainly, there may be a need for additional manpower,” said Gen Renuart, who oversees US military interests in the border region.
“Whether that is best suited or best provided by National Guard or additional law enforcement agencies, I think, this planning team will really lead us to,” he told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
We’ve already got American military forces in Colombia and Bolivia fighting a losing battle in the drug war that is destabilizing both nations; the idea that we’re about to start doing the same thing on our own border should concern everyone greatly.