Last June a group of men in police SWAT team uniforms stormed a building in Phoenix, Arizona, and killed a suspected drug dealer. But the gunmen wearing police uniforms and firing police weapons weren't cops -- they were members of a Mexican drug gang evening scores with a troublesome dealer in the United States. When the real police arrived, the gang dug in for a shootout. That's increasingly common south of the border, but fortunately it didn't end well for the criminals this time.You may be concerned about Iraq and Afghanistan, but each of us in the United States of America should be concerned about what is happening in our own Southwest region.
The complete PDF of the article can be found HERE. The value of the leader to the PDF at the first website is that there are comments by Isaac, which show a lot of insight into the problem, adding to our knowledge.
Frankly, as foreign policy goes, I would put Mexico at the top of the list.
- Mexico and their struggle with the narco-insurgents.
- Possible collapse in Cuba, if the transition is botched.
- Possible collapse in Korea, if the transition is botched.
- Pakistan as a failing state.
- Indo-Pakistani war possibility.
- Israel and whoever.
- Iraq (still needs attention).
- Iran and its nuclear ambitions.
But, back to the list, the problem with the pressure of the immediate is that it squeezes out the important, especially the important that isn't quite here yet, but is lurking around the corner. Sometimes problems have to be dealt with sequentially, but often they are best dealt with in depth--the near ones, the middle distance ones and the far ones, all at the same time.
Pity Poor Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. While she has a lot of high profile special representatives helping her, her plate is still quite full.
I wonder what our Congressional delegation has for a list of foreign policy priorities.
Regards -- Cliff