Texas governor and presidential candidate Rick Perry is floating the idea of invading Mexico. Too late: the U.S. military is already up to epaulets there.
“It may require our military, in Mexico, working in concert with them, to kill these drug cartels and to keep them off our border and to destroy their networks,” Perry said during a campaign stop in New Hampshire on Saturday, reported the Dallas Morning News. “It is very important for us to work with them to keep that country from failing,” he added.
Mexico’s ambassador to the U.S., Arturo Sarukhan, was skeptical of Perry’s offer. Sarukhan told the Morning News the U.S. and Mexico share “a new paradigm of joint responsibility, law-enforcement, security and intelligence cooperation” aimed at confronting the cartels. “But U.S. boots on the ground in Mexico is not in the books; it is a non-starter.”