Why it has never been done before now is a mystery best left unraveled by historians who actually do deep dives into presidential paper collections, but word has come to the American people that President Donald Trump is contemplating legally declaring the drug cartels in Mexico as terrorist organizations.
Over the weekend, a particularly deadly confrontation with Mexican officials highlighted backing for such a move.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican security forces on Sunday killed seven more members of a presumed cartel assault force that rolled into a town near the Texas border and staged an hour-long attack, officials said, bringing the death toll to at least 21.
The Coahuila state government said in a statement that lawmen aided by helicopters were still chasing remnants of the force that arrived in a convoy of pickup trucks and attacked the city hall of Villa Union on Saturday.
Gov. Miguel Angel Riquelme said at least 14 people had died by that afternoon, four of them police officers. He also said then that several municipal workers were missing. It wasn’t clear if they had since been located.
The reason for the military-style attack remained unclear Sunday. Cartels have been contending for control of smuggling routes in northern Mexico, but there was no immediate evidence that a rival cartel had been targeted in Villa Union.
No, this did not happen IN the United States, but it happened close enough to be a danger to the people living on the border. It is fairly obvious that the cartels have absolutely zero respect for authorities in their country and will go to war with rival gangs in all sorts of disputes. A terrorist label would allow American forces to go into Mexico and deal with the situation with superior firepower and resources.
Not that anyone north of the border wants to have to do that, but in this case, national security really is at stake. This fighting is going on in our back yard.