In the run-up to the Thanksgiving holiday, President Trump announced that he had been working on the designation of certain Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations for the past ninety days.
President Trump told former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly in a radio interview broadcast Tuesday that Mexican cartels “will be designated” as terror groups because “we are losing 100,000 people a year to what is happening and what is coming through Mexico”.
The Mexican government is not amused and stated (contrary to what Mexican President Lopez Obrador has continually asserted) that they will work hard to stop drug cartels. The current Mexican administration has REPEATEDLY stated that they have a hands-off approach to drug cartels. Once bought, will they remain bought? And who really runs Mexico? The narcos or the constituted government. I think that we all know the answer to that question. So is it any wonder that Mexico is pushing back against the designation?
“I’ve actually offered him to let us go in and clean it out and he so far has rejected the offer. But at some point, [something] has to be done,” President Trump said, citing the damage done by drugs to American addicts and their families.
Under US law, a violent foreign group or individual who threatens American security can be designated as terrorist in nature and be subject to special sanctions.
Any institution dealing with a designated terrorist – such as a bank or government official – comes under heavy scrutiny and potential punishment.
There are currently no designated terrorist groups in Mexico and only one in Latin America, the National Liberation Army insurgent group in Colombia.
Arturo Sarukhan, a former Mexican ambassador to Washington, said that the US government could go so far as limiting cooperation with a country that is home to designated terrorist groups. He said in a telephone interview that Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama had considered designating Mexican drug lords or cartels as terrorists.
“When they realzed the economic and trade implications it would have on US-Mexican ties, they backed down.”
But GW Bush and Barack Hussein Obama are not President Trump. Bush was busy fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and Obama was a wimp. President Trump is a different style of leader with a strong AMERICAN agenda
underpinning everything that he’s done. The three women and six children of dual US-Mexican nationality who were killed in an ambush
in northern Mexico has helped to push the terrorist designation. It was an action with shocked the conscience of the Mexicans as well, truth be told.
The news is sure to revive Mexicans’ concerns about possible US military involvement in combating drug trafficking on their soil – a highly sensitive subject in Mexico. Branding Mexican drug cartels with the terrorist label brings with it the possibility of US military action and frees up US intelligence agencies to engage in direct action style missions under the approval of US National Command Authority.