Drug wars have helped turn Mexico into dysfunctional state

Friday, March 27, 2009 | 2:10 p.m. CDT; updated 8:49 a.m. CDT, Friday, April 10, 2009

Stuart H. Loory, program moderator:  We are beginning to understand that there is a serious and growing problem in Mexico with what one American politician has called “narcoterrorism.” We’re also beginning to understand that the United States is deeply responsible for it. For one thing, it is those who crave drugs in this country who are the consumers serviced by the drug runners in Mexico. That is a business involving tens of billions of dollars each year. For another, it is in the U.S. where the drug runners buy their weapons, which have been used in a killing spree now spreading north from Mexico. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Mexico [March 26], Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will each visit Mexico in the next few weeks, then President Barack Obama will go there to visit with President Felipe Calderon. The object of this diplomacy is to repair relations between the two countries. Dealing with the drug problem is the largest part of that effort. A recent Pentagon report put Mexico in a class with Pakistan as a dysfunctional state. Is the situation really that bad with our neighbor?