Sep 19, 2011

Drug War - Merida Initiative: State Department answers for congressman’s criticism of Mexico policy

AHN: "The U.S. State Department is trying to smooth over relations with Mexico after a congressman implied the Mexican government is losing control over its own country.

Drug cartels are “undermining the Mexican state,” according to Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs western hemisphere subcommittee.

Mack’s statement during a subcommittee hearing last week prompted a backlash of criticism in Mexico.
Mexican political commentators also are upset by Mack’s statement that the Merida Initiative has shown few signs of success despite more than $1.5 billion in U.S. contributions."

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