Friday, April 3, 2009

Fail: Mexico. Really though?

It seems as though it's not only Europe that's getting a different tone from the new administration! Some of you may have paid a bit of attention to Secretary Clinton's recent visit to Mexico. She first appealed to Mexican viewers by stating that the Obama administration had never referred to Mexico as a failed state. As we all know, this has been a big public diplomacy nightmare for the Mexican government (which really only ranks 105 out of 177 on the failed state index). Additionally, Secretary Clinton then went on to surprise us all by admitting that the US may play a role in the current situation Mexico is facing.
In her chat with President Calderon, Clinton refers to the US role, especially when it comes to border control saying,
"I feel very strongly we have a co-responsibility."
Additionally, Clinton commended Calderon on his efforts in fighting the drug war, though many have said it seems as though he is attacking a hornet's nest with a fly swatter. Some effort has got to be better than none though, right? The US has also offered up even more money toward the Merida Initiative that will help to purchase more body armor, helicopters, etc. in order to aid in the drug war.
Lastly, there was some discussion on the topic of the Mexican trucking program that the US Congress cut funding off to earlier this year, however, that's all it was. Discussion. However, it can be said that this is more than the last administration was willing to do.

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