>USA File: Obama instructs NORTHCOM to quietly cooperate with Calderon, defeat drug cartels; US sends military advisors, intel specialists to Mexico

>Our partnership with Mexico is my number one priority.
— Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr., Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command/US Northern Command

Pictured here: Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon and his wife Margarita Zavala arrive in Seoul, to attend the G20 summit, on November 10, 2010. Calderon faces a major narco-insurgency in his homeland, one that has already spilled over the US border.

On Monday, gunmen kidnapped and killed Gregorio Barradas Miravete, mayor-elect of Juan Rodriguez Clara, in Mexico’s Gulf coast state of Veracruz. Barradas was a member of President Felipe Calderon’s center-right National Action Party. Barradas and two companions were forced into a Hummer truck in the south of Veracruz and then driven to the neighboring state of Oaxaca. “The truck was found with the three bodies inside,” authorities said. Barradas is the 13th Mexican mayor to be murdered in 2010, thus far.

It is not clear if Barradas’ killers were narcistas, that is, the heavily armed thugs in the employ of Mexico’s powerful drug cartels. Narcistas regularly pack automatic weapons and RPGs, acquired on the black market from the USA and even from the Russian Mafia, which is a front for the Kremlin’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR/KGB). Incidentally, we are not sure if anyone else is using the term “narcista” in connection with the Mexican drug war but, if not, then we’ll take credit for coining the word.

Meanwhile, the White House has quietly directed the military’s Northern Command (NORTHCOM) to “up” its cooperation with the Mexican Army, which for more than a century has trained to defend the country against the USA. This past March, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton led a high-powered delegation, including Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, to Mexico City, where the Americans promised little in the way of adding muscle to Calderon’s declaration of war against the drug lords. Last September, however, Clinton changed her tune and rightly described Mexico’s drug war as an “insurgency” similar to that of Colombia’s in the 1990s. Particularly horrific massacres of civilians, including teens and children, have taken place in recent weeks.

“U.S. military officials,” explains Washington Post journalist Mary Beth Sheridan, “have been hesitant to discuss publicly their growing ties with Mexico, for fear of triggering a backlash among a Mexican public wary of interference.” Current and former US officials admit that the Pentagon has in fact instructed hundreds of Mexican military officers since 2008 in subjects such as operations planning, intelligence collection, and human rights issues. This assistance may very well have led to the demise of the Gulf cartel’s boss last Friday. Mexican marines killed Antonio (“Tony Tormenta”) Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen in a shootout that followed a six-month intelligence gathering operation.

“We’ve been directed by the president [Barack Hussein Obama], at a very high level, to really think hard about how we can up our game, do more to support the partnership with the Mexican government,” said one senior US official, speaking on condition of anonymity. The source added: “President Calderon wants us in. We have to be respectful, obviously, and make clear we take responsibility for part of the problem and are supporting, not telling Mexico what to do.”

“We have tried to share many of the lessons we’ve learned in chasing terrorist organizations in Iraq and Afghanistan,” acknowledged General Victor Renuart, who recently retired as chief of NORTHCOM. “The changes in the relationship between the Mexican military and the U.S. military are, I believe, historic,” Renuart enthused. Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr., Renuart’s successor, has called the partnership with Mexico his “number one priority.”

Bitterly recalling past US invasions, such as during the Mexican-American War and General John J. Pershing’s intervention against Pancho Villa, Mexico City will not permit US military trainers or advisors to deploy on its soil full time. Still, US officers regularly travel to Mexico to deliver short courses to Mexican counterparts, who then train their own personnel. Among those Americans traveling to Mexico to give seminars are staff members from the Joint Special Operations University, which trains US Special Operations forces. US law enforcement agencies have also increased their cooperation with Mexican counterparts, even “embedding” intelligence specialists in a Mexican command center.

Reciprocally, more Mexican officers are being trained at US military bases, including the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHISC) at Fort Benning, Georgia. For the first time, too, a Mexican officer is serving as assistant commandant at the WHISC. Formerly known as the School of the Americas, the institute is a bête noire of leftists and peaceniks. Mexico has also stationed a permanent liaison officer at NORTHCOM, which is based in Colorado.

“There clearly is a role for the U.S. military, but it is as a supporting player,” said Roberta Jacobson, who coordinates the US State Department’s Merida Initiative assistance. The Pentagon’s counternarcotics funding for Mexico has nearly tripled in as many years, from US$12.2 million in 2008 to more than US$34 million in 2010. This sum is a small fraction of the total anti-drug money directed to Mexico under Merida. The Pentagon will also cover part of the bill for the 1,200 National Guard troops that President Obama recently deployed to the border with Mexico. Those forces, however, remain under the operational control of state governors.

Is it not intriguing that since the Cold War communism is no longer perceived as the world’s preeminent threat but, rather, Islamic terrorism and the international narcotics trade? The Soviets thought of that too. Will the new Republican majority in the US House of Representatives thwart the Communist Party of the Soviet Union’s long-range plan for global domination and Obama’s capitulationism? Do you want the truthful answer?

One response to “>USA File: Obama instructs NORTHCOM to quietly cooperate with Calderon, defeat drug cartels; US sends military advisors, intel specialists to Mexico

  1. mah29001 November 11, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    >As much as the new Republican majority in Congress seems to be a plus…I fear there are those within the majority like Rand Paul who is a newly elected Senator that might be a trojan horse.His father Ron Paul has admitted in creating the Tea Party Movement during the years of the Bush administration. Is this new Republican majority just a false sense of security?

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