why-trump-should-hit-pause-on-designating-mexican-cartels-as-terrorists

President Trump’s surprise revelation last week to talk show host Bill O’Reilly that he had moved to designate Mexican drug cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) begs some hard questions. For the last few months, President Trump explained, the proposal has been going through a process of consideration, probably the U.S. State Department’s six-steps for…

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if-trump-designates-cartels-as-terrorist-groups,-he-should-go-to-war-with-them

In an interview posted online Tuesday, President Trump said he would designate Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations, marking a major shift in U.S. policy toward Mexico, where cartels now exercise effective control of much of the country. In the interview, with former Fox News has Bill O’Reilly, Trump said his administration has been…

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how-a-mexican-drug-cartel-nearly-triggered-war-between-the-us.-and-iran

The massacre of nine dual-citizen American Mexican Mormons less than 100 miles from the border with the United States serves as a reminder of the dangers the cartels pose and the existence of one of the world’s deadliest wars in America’s own neighborhood. The Mexican drug war and cartels don’t preoccupy the national security/foreign policy…

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why-drug-legalization-and-hugs-for-terrorists-won’t-solve-the-border-crisis

As Thucydides hinted, often when people are either afraid or malicious, they have historically tried to garb their fear or malice in the language of rationalization. After the ghastly massacre of Americans miles from the southern U.S. border, the firebrand Mexican leftist President Andrés Manuel López Obrador declined the help of Mexico’s northern neighbors in…

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no,-bret-stephens,-let’s-not-do-in-mexico-what-we-did-in-iraq

It’s amazing to see the elite consensus about Mexico congeal in real-time around failed ideas and political biases. In the wake of the massacre of nine Americans, including six children, earlier this week by cartel gunmen just fifty miles from the U.S. border, Bret Stephens of the New York Times already knows who to blame and…

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nine-americans-slaughtered-in-likely-mexican-drug-cartel-violence

At least six children and three women, all Americans with ties to Utah, were killed in a daylight ambush in Northern Mexico on Monday, likely by cartel gunmen. The family reports that more than a dozen family members are still missing following the attack on the caravan of three SUVs, believed to have been kidnapped…

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a-drug-cartel-just-defeated-the-mexican-military-in-battle

The southwest U.S. border might be quieter now than it was this spring at the height of the migrant crisis, but south of the Rio Grande the Mexican state is disintegrating. Last Thursday in the city of Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa state, a battle erupted between government forces and drug cartel gunmen after the…

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is-enforcement-in-mexico-lowering-unlawful-immigration,-or-is-it-the-heat?

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan told a House panel Thursday that U.S. border authorities are encountering fewer large groups of migrants since Mexico began stepping up enforcement efforts at its southern border in June. Large groups have been a persistent feature of the border crisis, with groups of hundreds—in one case, more than a…

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