Word Bubble 3/10/11

10.03.11

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by ROBERT BECKHUSEN

One flaw of current U.S.-Mexico strategy is the false presumption that international trafficking of drugs, guns, and cash can be effectively addressed through interdiction, particularly along the nearly two-thousand-mile U.S.-Mexican border. After a three-decade effort to beef up security, the U.S.-Mexico border is more heavily fortified than at any point since the U.S.-Mexico war of 1846–48. The United States has deployed more than twenty thousand border patrol agents and built hundreds of miles of fencing equipped with high-tech surveillance equipment, all at an annual cost of billions of dollars—with $3 billion per year spent on border control alone. While this massive security build-up at the border has achieved maximum attainable levels of operational control, the damage to Mexico’s drug cartels caused by border interdiction has been inconsequential.

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3 Responses to “Word Bubble 3/10/11”

  1. 111 says:

    Break down what you got on Mexico City. Next report round up

  2. Ken Bach says:

    How can anyone say interdiction doesn’t work when it isn’t being tried? The BATFE is facilitating gun trafficking, not interdicting it.

  3. SLC says:

    I’m pretty sure the border was barely fortified at all before the Mexican American War. Outside of a little fort in Brownsville, I think the rest of it was wholly unguarded. So the martial reference doesn’t really serve a purpose in this article.

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