Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Bad Times For Mexico

"Even with the support of the United States, they cannot stop us, because here the Zetas rule. The government must make a pact with us because if not we will have to overthrow it and take power by force."
A sign hung rom a bridge this past February in the city Monterrey, in Northeast Mexico, where, as Reuters reports, the drug war is really not going well.

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That's why I prefer living here on Knifecrime Island where the Omegas are in charge.

Lockheed Ventura (#5,536)

Well, the issue is which side the United States government "supports". The Obama Administration has supplied the Cartels and the Zetas in particular with large caches of machine guns. If the United States is actually serious about fighting the "War on Drugs" I suggest the first step would be to stop selling weaponry to the alleged enemy.

roboloki (#1,724)

@Lockheed Ventura when and how many machine guns were given to the zetas by the obama administration?

deepomega (#1,720)

@roboloki About 2,000 guns were sold to the Sinaloa cartel – they're anti-Zeta, but I'm not sure picking one drug cartel over another is laudable.

Cooper (#5,827)

@deepomega Unless you pick los Locos. Those guys are alright.

roboloki (#1,724)

i was familiar with the fast & furious fiasco just wondered if i had missed something. maybe the reference to machine guns confused me or maybe it was the implication that the obama administration was intentionally arming drug gangs in mexico. should i be upset that obama is trying to pick winners and losers in our illicit drug supply? let the free (black) market work!!

Lockheed Ventura (#5,536)

@deepomega My bad, it looks like the US government is arming the Sinaloa Cartel not the Zetas. I have trouble keeping my Mexican drug mafias straight (kind of like the DEA!).

Robin R@twitter (#233,967)

@Lockheed Ventura wow! I'd never heard of this. Thanks for sharing. With neighbours like these…

Ham Snadwich (#11,842)

@Lockheed Ventura – I don't think this is really true, except in the minds of some right-wing fabulists. As dumb an idea as Fast and Furious was, the administration didn't sell guns to the cartel (rather allowed some private sales to go through and then failed to track them propertly) and they weren't machine guns. I think the rightwingers really would like to turn this into Obama's Iran-Contra, but it's not at all the same thing.

Oooh, there's a new Revenge Of The Nerds coming out?

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