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Since the Mexican government initiated a military offensive against its country’s powerful drug cartels in December 2006, some 50,000 people have perished and the drugs continue to flow. The growing violence has created concerns that Mexico could become a failed state, and U.S. political leaders also worry that the corruption and violence is seeping across the border into the United States.
In his compelling new book, Ted Galen Carpenter details the growing horror overtaking Mexico and explains how the current U.S.-backed strategies for trying to stem Mexico’s drug violence have been a disaster. Boldly conveyed in The Fire Next Door, the only effective strategy is to defund the Mexican drug cartels by abandoning the failed drug prohibition policy, thereby eliminating the lucrative black-market premium and greatly reducing the financial resources of the drug cartels.
This is a pretty good narrative, though of course simplified, of the controversy around depictions of the Prophet Mohammed.
National Journal’s Ron Fournier says that the Obama administration put politics first when it came to the narrative shaping that went on after the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attacks.
“If there’s a smoking gun here, it’s the email that shows Rhodes, working for the President, said that our goal here, our number one goal here, is showing on the Sunday talk shows through Susan Rice that the President is strong on foreign policy,” said Fournier this morning on CNN. “That was the goal.”
Fournier is referring to obtained by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog organization, which included an email from then-White House Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes to other prominent White House officials listing goals for then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to communicate on Sunday talk shows.
Among the goals listed in the email from Rhodes was “[t]o underscore that these protests are rooted in and Internet video, and not a broader failure or policy.”
“The goal wasn’t to find out the truth and find out what happened and make sure this doesn’t happen again,” said Fournier. “They put politics first,” he added, noting that Benghazi began the undermining of President Obama’s credibility, followed by the IRS scandal and the now-infamous lie that Americans could keep their health plans under Obamacare.
Considering the most recent videos I’ve put up (here and here), I admit that I must be in a nostalgic mood. But as they say, “oldies are goodies”, and this video does a great job of explaining the role of the three branches of government. I think the correlating of our federal government with a three ring circus couldn’t be more perfect- DC certainly has its share of clowns and performing animals.