Calderon and Biden: U.S. guns fuel Mexican violence and crime
By: Jim Kouri, CPP
Like a drowning man desperately clutching a lifesaver, Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon on Monday demanded that more be done by the United States law enforcement community to curtail arms trafficking along the U.S.-Mexico border, a U.S. drug enforcement agent informed the Law Enforcement Examiner.
During his meeting with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Mexico City, Calderon said the only way to win his country’s war with the drug cartels is to jointly tackle organized crime including arms trafficking along the border as well as ceasing the rampant cross-border money laundering, according to a press statement.
The Mexican government has waged a war to eradicate organized crime gangs that has killed more than 47,700 victims over the past five years, according to figures released earlier this year by the Attorney General’s Office.
Calderon claimed — and Biden on behalf of the Obama administration agreed — that the drug cartels have challenged the military and police with advanced weapons, most of which are trafficked illegally from the United States.
But Thomas McMahon, a former police commander and proponent of Second Amendment rights, tells the Examiner that these are no conclusive studies to support the claims of Calderon, Biden, Obama, or Attorney General Eric Holder.
“Trying to prove the canard of rampant gun-smuggling is what cost so many lives due to the Operation Fast and Furious debacle. That entire operation was politically-motivated and more about gun control in the U.S. than solving drug and gang problems in Mexico,” said McMahon, now a private security executive.
Calderon and Biden then jumped to the immigration issue which they agreed needed a commitment from both governments to further cooperation and emphasized the importance of the contributions made by migrants to their communities of origin and destination.
“During their conversation it appears that both leaders used the term migrants. We’ve gone from illegal aliens, to undocumented immigrants to migrants to describe lawbreakers,” said Mike Snopes, a former police detective and military intelligence officer.
Calderon stated that his countrymen expect to help generate more jobs in the United States and in return expect economic assistance from the Obama administration, the anonymous drug enforcement agent said.
The White House said in a statement that Biden’s agenda in Central America would focus on combating organized crime and discussing the Summit of the Americas to be held in April in Colombia.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.