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November 10, 2010

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I have to wonder whether the Mexican government has considered hiring the type of mercenary forces we've used in Iraq. I believe at one point there were as many as 50,000 non-military private "security" forces in Iraq, many of whom were merely soldiers for hire. I would think hiring a couple thousand of them and giving them a "don't ask don't tell" license to systematically engage and eliminate cartel thugs, town by town, might prove more effective. They'd also likely be considered less corruptible than the police and military.

Just a thought.

@Ed - I'm sure they have, but knowing how Mexico feels/thinks about asking for help, I think that would be too much of an admission of failure to bring in Xe or someone like that. Sure, it would take care of business more effectively, but I think Mexico wants to (at least try) to handle this on its own. Accepting piecemeal assistance from the US is one thing, because they view the drug war as partly our fault and we're just helping clean up our part of the mess. But bringing in mercs would hurt national pride too much, I think.

PLEASE BE INFORMED THAT DAVID HARTLEY WAS REPORTEDLY KILLED NEARLY 7 MILES BY WATER [IN MEXICO] UP THE SALADO RIVER WHICH DUMPS INTO FALCON LAKE AT THE RIO GRANDE RIVER.[NOT ON FALCON LAKE]!!! FALCON LAKE IS GETTING TOO MUCH BAD PUBLICITY AS A RESULT OF THE IGNORANCE OF THE HARTLEY COUPLE.
I HAVE LIVED ON THE LAKE FOR 23 YEARS.

@Shirley - Why do you think the news reports have all gotten the location so wrong? That's an important detail to miss.

First of all, mexican citizens are not allowed to have guns, or shotguns, The zetas are not only well trained, they also have high caliber, and better weapons. Its is practically impossible for them to fight them, even the militia has a hard time in combat against them.

I believe that the people need to rise, and fight back, but the odds are against them. We all hear about ALL the drugs coming in from mexico, but we hear nothing about ALL the weapons and guns that are going into Mexico from the US. Weapons that ONLY the US military forces should have access to. Drug violence in Mexico is an issue that affects not only Mex. but the US as well. you can hear from Isolated incidents as far up as dallas where zetas have committed murder in US soil.

There are volumes of doctrine written on insurgencies, irregular warfare and unconventional warfare, the tactics used by DTO’s. These tactics used by the Zeta or any of the DTO’s are neither new nor imaginative. US Army Special Forces studies how to use this tactic, and how to combat against it as part of thier entry level training. The knowledge needed to combat this threat is there. Ground surveillance radar, Satellite reconnaissance, and UAV’s with mounted thermal imagery and GPS tracking have been around for over 20 years. The equipment is available and in the US governments inventory. So what stops us?

I believe that in the US not only has drug trafficking become a billion dollar industry but also fighting drugs is a billion dollar as well. What is the difference between being paid by a lobbyist to vote for or against a bill that indirectly helps DTO’s produce Methamphetamines and being paid by the Cartels themselves? How can the head of Homeland Security tell US law enforcement officials to stop exaggerating about the threat on the border when families have been run from their homes on the US side of the border? How, it was politically necessary to do so. How do you combat a problem when so many on each side of the hierarchy profit from it existence? You do not. Those in the middle, on both sides of the border, can only mitigate damage and risk and bury thier dead, until money and politic is taken out of the decision making process and those in charge are held accountable.

taking a cargo van with tag along trailer from larado to monterey and will take the toll road
are there any problems

@Ron - I think that's a bad idea. You'll be traveling through prime Zetas territory, and a van with a trailer - especially if you have US plates - is just begging for someone to pull you over and either ask for a large passage fee, or go through and take your stuff.

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