Why is the Homeland Security Committee doing this and not Senator John Kerry's Foreign Relations Committee? I checked the Foreign Relations Committee schedule just now. Nothing. A lot on Iran and some on Global Warming, but nothing on Mexico.
But, back to where the action is, Senator Lieberman said:
The southern border has always been on our radar screen as an entry point for narcotics and human smugglers, and others who might threaten our homeland security. But the recent escalation of violence along the southern border demands our immediate attention.I actually feel good about Senator Lieberman sticking his oar in this water.
Hearing are set for 25 March in Washington and for some time in April in Arizona.
Presidential Spokesman Robert Gibbs had this to say:
There's no doubt that the situation is of interest to the president. Strong interest. It's something that the national security team and the president are watching closely.What I would like to hear is that President Obama has appointed an Ambassador to Mexico--the position is now vacant. The Ambassador needs to be someone who is a strong presence, but is sensitive to Mexican sensitivities. This is not a payoff position this time around.
The fact that there is a problem seems pretty obvious. The solution is a little more complicated.
One of the key questions to be answered is if we focus on actions to knock down the narco-insurgency in Mexico or if we focus on supporting human rights in that nation. From my point of view, getting the narco-insurgency under control is supporting human rights.
To focus on the consequences of Mexico as a failed state for a moment, we could see:
- A flood of refugees coming across our Southern border.
- Disruption of the flow of oil from one of our major suppliers.
- Illegal drugs moving across the US southern border more easily and in greater amounts.
- A mostly corrupt regime as our partner to the immediate South (this would not be like Cuba, separated by a serious stretch of water).
- Increased violence within our border states as drug cartels protect their supply lines.
- The movement of drug cartels deep into the US, corrupting our own law enforcement.
Good luck to you Joe Lieberman and God's Speed.
Regards -- Cliff