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Invading Mexico in the Name of the Drug War Is a Really Bad Idea

By Weimin Chen – Mises Wire – 04/10/2023

Following the violent attack on Americans in the Mexican border city of Matamoros in early March, South Carolina Republican senator Lindsey Graham stated that he was prepared to get tough and introduce legislation to set the stage for US military intervention in Mexico. The move would be a significant escalation in the long-running war on drugs that has been raging under the auspices of the United States for many decades to the dismay of many Latin American countries.

Graham continues to ignore the disastrous results of the use of force in US foreign policy as he eyes adding Mexico to his growing bucket list of interventionist missions. If previous interventions serve as examples, a US military intervention in Mexico would be just another excuse to expand national security interests and mire the country in another costly conflict.

Matamoros Attack

Graham’s comments on using military force in Mexico were sparked when four Americans were kidnapped in Matamoros on the Mexican side of the border with Texas. The area is known for having a heavy drug cartel presence due to its proximity to the US-Mexico border. The four Americans have been identified as Latavia “Tay” McGee, Shaeed Woodard, Zindell Brown, and Eric James Williams.

McGee’s mother told reporters that her daughter was traveling to undergo a cosmetic surgical procedure with the other three. They were fired on in downtown Matamoros and loaded into a pickup truck. A local woman, Areli Pablo Servando, was also killed by a stray bullet in the attack. Brown and Woodard were eventually found dead, while Williams and McGee survived.

Later, a letter of apology along with five men found with their hands tied were turned over to authorities of the Tamaulipas state law enforcement purportedly by the Scorpion faction of the Gulf Cartel. The organization extended its apology to the families of the victims and to the people of Matamoros in general for the poor decision-making and discipline of its affiliated associates.

This public relations move indicated that the cartel was alarmed by the outcry following the attack and wanted to frame it as an unusual incident outside of the ordinary rules under which it operates. Chances are that the cartel wanted to do anything they could to avoid direct US military confrontation.

Policymakers against the Cartels

Graham told Fox News that he would introduce legislation “to make certain Mexican drug cartels foreign terrorist organizations under US law and set the stage to use military force if necessary to protect America from being poisoned by things coming out of Mexico.” This highlights the concern surrounding the trafficking of fentanyl into the US from Mexico and the deadly toll it has been having on the population, and there is a growing sentiment, especially among Republican leaders, for more to be done about it.

Former attorney general Bill Barr concurred with the notion of US military action against cartels and recommended declaring the groups as “foreign terrorist organizations.” Texas representative Dan Crenshaw and Florida representative Michael Waltz have expressed their desires to authorize the president to use military force against “those responsible for trafficking fentanyl or a fentanyl-related substance into the United States or carrying out other related activities that cause regional destabilization in the Western Hemisphere.” Seventeen Republicans have cosponsored that resolution.

Georgia representative Marjorie Taylor Greene wrote on Twitter that the US “should strategically strike and take out the Mexican Cartels, not the Mexican government or their people, but the Mexican Cartels which control them all.” This common assurance that America’s execution of military plans will simply target the right people and nobody else has been used in virtually every instance of the US using force in foreign conflicts. It shows either the hubris of US foreign policy or its indifference to the lives of its innocent victims abroad.

Roots of Violence

These calls for military intervention would serve as another layer of policies and actions already implemented by the US that have had disastrous consequences. After all, the violence in Mexico is an extension of the war on drugs started by American policy. In just the last decade, the US Drug Enforcement Administration has been found laundering millions of dollars in cash and delivering drugs for Mexican traffickers, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives was found to have illegally proliferated nearly two thousand firearms with the intention of tracking criminal elements. These firearms were subsequently lost and used in cartel violence on both sides of the border.

Meanwhile, US-trained Mexican troops and federal police officers have committed widespread human rights violations. If these are the policies that have already been implemented, sending the military would be adding fuel to the fire.

Graham followed up with his statements on military force and clarified that he did not mean sending the US Army to invade Mexico but to destroy drug labs. This is reminiscent of the beginning of the US missions in the war on terror in Afghanistan, when special forces under the Joint Special Operations Command were implemented in secret raids that were highly controversial in their lack of accountability in causing collateral damage and civilian casualties. Without any clear definition of success and with the dubious effectiveness of using military force, this kind of endeavor would be susceptible to mission creep and expansions of the scope and spending, just as it did in the many interventions of the war on terror.

Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador has already responded to the remarks by Republican lawmakers, saying that any US military intervention in his country would represent an unacceptable infringement of Mexican sovereignty. If the US military’s track record provides any indication, the direct use of force in Mexico would likely cause more pain and suffering in a country with a population already plagued by violence.

April 11, 2023 - Posted by | Militarism | , , , ,


  1. America’s “shoot first ask questions later” policy hasn’t worked and never will. Not one of the whores in Congress who called for US military intervention into Mexico had the brains to address the violations they were condoning against Mexico’s sovereignty. Instead of initiating dialogue with AMLO to address potential US/Mexico collaboration on resolving the problem they want to start another war against our southern neighbor. Michael Waltz R-FL is a former defense contractor and a key legislator for the Military-Industrial-Congressional complex, while Crenshaw is an outright one-eyed fascist who believes war is the answer to America’s foreign policy. As for Republican bigmouth Lyndsey Graham, he’s a closet queen neocon who has been quick to condemn human rights violations done by others while simultaneously promoting human rights violations everywhere else. Such as the Central and Southwest Asian nations of Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Iran, and Iraq. It won’t be long before the bull queer targets Saudi Arabia for its daring, to make peace with Israel’s and the neocon’s arch-enemy, Iran. Personally, I haven’t forgotten what Iran and the French-backed Khomenie did in 1979. But as long as they don’t spread Jihad to other nations like Obama’s CIA did, I can let bygones be bygones.

    What Americans should support that will destroy the drug cartels, is action by US authorities to close down the cartel’s financial arm. Shutting down Dope Inc’s money laundering capabilities on-shore and off-shore will go a long way to erasing this plague in America. US authorities can start by closing down the oldest drug bank in the world, HSBC. Prevent it from operating anywhere in the US or its territories.

    The U.S. State Dept has a history of facilitating the activities of the Columbian drug cartels and therefore must be realigned to conform with the new reality of destroying the drug cartels that are killing 100,000 Americans a year.

    DHS for its part, has done nothing to prevent harm from being inflicted on the homeland by the drug cartels. While millions of illegals infiltrate our US southern borders aided by cartel coyotes; terrorists, drugs, and weapons flow undetected into the United States, arming drug distribution gangs in major U.S. cities.

    AWACS can be used to identify fields where Marijuana is grown. Although Mexico may not have AWACS negotiating their use with Mexico may be a good starting point for negotiations on joint efforts to root out and destroy the drugs wherever they are grown and manufactured.

    Finally, it would be more than foolish and extremely ill-advised to start a war with Mexico. If Congress feels so strongly about starting another war, they should get some balls and turn their attention to the real enemy within, the MICIMATT > Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-Media-Academia-Think Tank + Financial complex.


    Comment by Thomas Lee Simpson | April 11, 2023 | Reply

    • Funny thing, I bet the Iranian citizens haven’t forgotten what the U.S. has done to their country either. Maybe that’s the main reason, they fight so long and hard, against the aggression being enacted against them, simply for standing up against the biggest terrorist nation on the planet. The bully doesn’t like it, when the bullied turn around and punch back. The U.S. has no business in the M.E. at all, much less wage a war against Iran, simply because they are capable of defending themselves. I too, am a veteran of the Vietnam war, I do not hold any grudges against the Vietnam people’s, (sure, many of my fellow soldiers died there, or were wounded, at the behest of their OWN Government, who were intent on killing as many of the alleged enemy in the hope they’d cry enough.)they were the victim, just as Iran still is the victim. Walk a mile, in the other’s shoes, then come back here and tell us all how rightous you are.


      Comment by itchyvet | April 11, 2023 | Reply

  2. The question needs to be asked, ” Why are so many Americans finding relief and solace in Drugs, thus perpetuating the industry ??? Of course to do that, America would need to take a good long hard look in the mirror, and may not like what it sees. Therein IS the problem. Home generated, by the very same Government that claims to be concerned about it’s citizens. How come the majority of the victims of these drugs are homeless and coloured ???? How much help/assistance is the U.S. Govt giving these people in the first place ??? The drug epidemic is a home grown industry from which thousands of Americans themselves profit from, (including the Govt Authorities, allegedly supposed to be fighting the industry) best example given was Afghanistan. No point in blaming the Mexican drug cartels, if there was no market, there wouldn’t be any cartels.


    Comment by itchyvet | April 11, 2023 | Reply

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