In line with my efforts to update you, dear readers, to events going on south of the 2,000 mile contiguous border that we share with Mexico, there has been an interesting move by the likely winner of the July 1, 2012 presidential election, Enrique Pena Nieto. He has announced that if elected, he will appoint the former director General de la Policia Nacional de Colombia, Oscar Adolfo Naranjo Truhillo (age 56) to be his ‘external advisor for National Security’.
In Mexico, ‘external advisors’ don’t hold any national office and only serve to ‘advise’, but many are viewed to have considerable power in crafting national policy. The announcement of Naranjo’s appointment, pending the outcome of the elections, is interesting. Naranjo is known (particularly to the US Government) as one of those people who were key in defeating organized crime in Colombia. Therefore, the PRI Party is sending the message that they’re putting someone friendly to USGOV in a position to influence policy (if elected).
At the same time, it is clear that they are going to reshuffle the federal police and military to bring much less manpower to bear against drug cartels (if elected). So will the new figurehead be anything more than a sop to US sensibilities?
It remains to be seen.