Washington Post criticizes U.S. stance on Mexico’s violence
The war on drugs is worsening and the U.S. “is looking the other way,” complains an editorial in The Washington Post, and asks President Barack Obama to show political effectiveness with the neighboring country.
The newspaper believes that, despite the aid provided by the U.S. Congress and Obama’s commitment to strengthen cooperation in combating drug trafficking, violence and arms trafficking, it has not been enough, Efe states.
“Congress has allocated 1,300 million dollars since 2008 to help combat drug trafficking in Mexico, but due to bureaucratic delays and poor implementation of the budget, only a fraction of the money has been spent,” they state.
However, “the Mexican forces are still waiting for vital U.S. helicopters, surveillance aircraft and unmanned aircraft, as well as training programs on money laundering.”
“Even worse”, Obama has “shied away from the obligation to crack down on illegal arms trafficking to Mexico,” including the improper sale ethics of many of the 7,000 weapon stores close to the border.
The Post recalls that during the last U.S. visit in May, the Mexican president, Felipe Calderon, “begged” the White House and Congress to reinstate the ban on the sale of assault weapons, but “like so many other times when it is the needs of this important neighbor, there was no response. ”
On the other hand, the Washington Post stressed the “honesty” and “courage” of Calderon, who last week chaired a conference to assess results of almost four years of war against the Mexican drug cartels.