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March 06, 2009

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Excellent article! I'm going to share it with others who have asked me the same questions about the Stratfor article.

This is a $1.6 billion package to Mexico, with a small amount of it going to countries in Central America. Much of it will go to equipping and training the Mexican military and police forces - who are not only corrupt, but implicated repeatedly in severe human rights abuse cases. Plan Mexico fulfills several objectives: it reasserts U.S. hegemony over Mexico and Central America lost due to the war on Iraq, it gives Calderon the tools to deal with social movements, and since no actual money is leaving the U.S., only "services," it's a nice boon to U.S. corporations.

Good analysis.

It has been shown again and again that U.S. Weapons are not responsible for this. The problem with the drug war in particular, is prohibition of drugs--that will never work and as long as Calderon who is making money like crazy off of this-- 125 million I believe from the world bank and recently 400 million for the drug war from Bush. Not only this, but he has "decreed" himself police state powers! Terrible situation-- it is too big for "guns" to be the problem--They can get weapons from Guatamala and on down--not to mention the deserters from the Mexican army who take their weapons with them as they join the narcos! Good job, either way.

Aid to Mexico, yet another infringement on our rights by the gov't. Add it to the ever-growing list of violations:
They violate the 1st Amendment by opening mail, caging demonstrators and banning books like "America Deceived" from Amazon, Wikipedia and Facebook.
They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns during Katrina.
They violate the 4th Amendment by conducting warrant-less wiretaps.
They violate the 5th and 6th Amendment by suspending habeas corpus.
They violate the 8th Amendment by torturing at Gitmo.
They violate the entire Constitution by starting illegal wars without declaration.
Impeach them all (both parties) and save this great country.
Last link (unless Google Books caves to the gov't and drops the title):
America Deceived (book)

For a while I subscribed to Stratfor's free 'daily intelligence briefing,' but found its presumption annoying, despite occasional useful bits.

Like right wing radio hosts, they cater to an audience that needs to feel important yet not think for itself (any recent pResident come to mind?).

And amongst its pronouncements you will find nothing critical of the land of the 'democracy'-spreading Untied Snakes or its master Israhell, if that gives you a clue....

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