Monday, June 25, 2012
Mexico's Security Progress Hinges
on Presidential Elections
Although it took a few years to deploy a fluid strategy
of engagement and serious attempts at containment of an enemy inflicting massive violence and death on the Mexican homeland,
President Felipe Calderon stayed the course under great peril to his presidency (December 1, 2006-November 30, 2012) and his
administration. And soon, the future safety and welfare of the Mexican people will be left for the presidential election on
Much of Calderon's dilemma over his presidential term appeared
to clearly be a lack of comprehensive understanding of the real threat posed, as well as a strategic, intense and acute focus
on the most viable options for success.
Immediate and necessary security
for the Mexican people under what appeared to be war-like conditions, graphically demonstrated the lack of associated infrastructure
and institutions prepared and qualified to effectively respond to the massive carnage.
It was convenient for Mexico and the U.S. to view and label the initial sophisticated weaponry and strategies used
by "drug cartels" in Mexico and along the U.S. border, beginning in 2005, as local fights between cartels for turf.
And turf-like disputes throughout Mexico continue to this day, by a myriad of so-called cartels, splinter gangs and cellular-like
As conditions worsened Mexico and the U.S. came
to the sobering conclusion that Mexico was facing and battling a new and deadly enemy on its soil, an enemy that was far better
trained in paramilitary tactics and special guerrilla-style insurgency than virtually any local, county, and state law enforcement
agency. Policing Mexico was simply not possible on a national level.
many in Mexico, as well as some world pundits, began to label Mexico a "failed state" it was vehemently denied and
defended, but President Calderon knew what was now at stake. It became clear within his actions and decisions that he became
well-versed on the factual capabilities of this superior enemy that went far beyond what U.S. law enforcers could even imagine
within their own homeland and jurisdictions. Plus, the U.S. was now more covertly engaged in training Mexican military and
some federal police specialists, as well as deploying the necessary intelligence collection methodology in a myriad of human
and electronic/scientific applications.
With what grew to be an enemy of
transnational crime organization insurgents routinely traversing borders from Mexico into the northern cone countries of Central
America, their armaments and capabilities graphically demonstrated their capabilities with ease to rival any state militia
or tactical military unit within the neighboring nations. Essentially, it was now clear that this entire region within
this hemisphere could not effectively "police" this enemy. Yet, those without longer range vision called for non-military
intervention and an end to "the drug war." This rationale was premised on the weak assumption that the "cartels"
would simply stop their violence if left alone, or be driven out of their massively greedy revenue desires.
All but abandoning routine enforcement actions, the new Mexico and U.S. elite cadre of strategic
and tactical operations began to net a myriad of hierarchal organized criminals that had amassed incredible fortunes utilizing
their, and other, TCOs to wreak havoc and threaten and kill with impunity. Kidnappings, torture, extortion, robbery, and human
and sex trafficking had expanded as never before. Nations in harm's way were setting world murder records.
With a new battle plan and capable support and mentorship by the U.S. government, President
Calderon boldly announced, "Under no circumstances will our government weaken its policy on democratic security."
Often, when it comes to formulating viable solutions to complex problems,
cynicism raises its ugly head. Unfortunately, the symbolism of opinion in lieu of intestinal fortitude does nothing to protect
and secure a homeland. This was deeply inherent in much of the criticism of the deployment of the Mexican military to
be the lead enforcers in the intense conflict against the murderous barbarians that were now killing scores of innocents and
journalists, with the use of high-powered weapons and explosives.
the reality of the war-like carnage that has gripped Mexico for nearly a decade, it must be noted that the organized crime
and gang actions have now carried over into Central America. Although some governing leaders there still waffle between opinion
on drug legalization and similar thoughts, most are welcoming U.S. trainers, advisors and assistance, and seeing proactive
tactical results and apprehensions like never before in their histories. This much to the chagrin of corrupted officials.
The U.S. had much forewarning of this impending U.S. border onslaught from as early as 2004,
as obscurely written reports detailed a rising number of assaults on U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Tucson-Nogales border
sector. Since October 1, 2004, over 200 assaults on U.S. agents, including a high number of shootings, have been recorded.
Moreover, reportedly the drug lords and crime bosses put up a US$50,000 bounty on U.S. Border Patrol agents, as well as state
and local police officers, for a time.
Hopefully the elephant hiding under
a leaf has been found, and the Mexican presidential elections will not disrupt painful gains and progress, and ambitious priorities.
Jerry Brewer is C.E.O. of Criminal Justice International Associates, a global threat mitigation
firm headquartered in northern Virginia. His website is located at http://www.cjiausa.org/.