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Texas Senator Ted Cruz: “Time to consider using the U.S. military to combat the cartels in Mexico”

June 12, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Texas Senator Ted Cruz: “Time to consider using the U.S. military to combat the cartels in Mexico”

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Could the U.S. government use its military resources to combat Mexican drug cartels?

Not only does Texas Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas think it’s a viable strategy, but he also believes it may be the only option to combat the powerful transnational organized criminal groups south of the border.

Mexico has remained engulfed by spiraling cartel violence in a majority of states which includes Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Baja California, Colima, Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Veracruz, Quintana Roo, Guerrero, and Michoacan.

Corruption within the federal, state and local governments and police agencies have provided an environment for drug trafficking organizations to thrive in Mexico.

In an interview with Brandon Darby of Breitbart Texas, Cruz suggested military action as part of a joint effort between the U.S. and Mexico governments.

Mexican drug cartel gunmen in Jalisco, Mexico interrogate members of rival group

In Mexico, “crime and kidnapping become almost routine, and the corruption that goes hand and hand with billions of dollars of illegal narcotic trafficking resources,” Cruz said.

“Combined with vicious, violent transnational criminal cartels has done enormous damage to Mexico and enormous damage to America,” the U.S. Senator said.

He added: “What can we do about it? One of the things I think we should explore very seriously is something along the lines of what we did in Colombia.”

Cruz referred to a plan, in which President George W. Bush worked with President [Alvaro] Uribe to target and dismantle the cartels.

“It was treated less as a law enforcement matter than as a military matter. Where our military went into Colombia at the invitation of the government and helped destroy the cartels,” he explained.

The U.S. action in Colombia was part of a long-term assistance plan enacted with the support of Congress in 1999 in coordination with the Colombian government, in the context of an effort to prevent what was considered a failing state from collapsing.

Violence committed by drug trafficking organizations and Marxist-Leninist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had spread terror throughout the South American country.

Sen Ted Cruz also floated the idea of using funds seized from “drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ to help fund Trump’s border wall

Unreliable government officials racked by corruption further contributed to widespread political instability in Colombia.

The 8-year U.S. effort, which had a cost of $8 billion dollars has widely been hailed as a success in restoring peace in Colombia.

Senator Ted Cruz now thinks a similar agreement with Mexico might be needed to help establish the rule of law south of the border, which has remained inundated by the same cartel-related violence and widespread government corruption that once plagued Colombia.

However, Sen. Cruz made sure to emphasized that any military action must have the “active cooperation of the duly elected government of Mexico.”

Cruz also previously floated the idea of using $14 billion in illicit drug funds seized from the fortune of jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman to help build Pres. Trump’s purposed border wall.

However, U.S. government officials have conceded they’ve been unable to locate a single dollar of Guzman’s fortune.

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