Oct 8, 2011
Drug War - Merida Initiative: Insurgency and Terrorism in Mexico
Testimony of William Brownfield, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs to the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere and House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management, October 4, 2011, Washington, DC,
U.S. Dept. of State: " I recognize that there may be confusion among some as to what the Merida Initiative represents. I’d like to frame the initiative today for anyone who might not be as familiar with Merida as you are. As a foreign assistance program, the Merida Initiative was not intended to be, nor does it represent, a U.S. operation to counter Mexican drug cartels or criminal actors. Nor was Merida intended as the panacea for the illicit activity that fuels violence in Mexico. Rather, the Merida Initiative was crafted by our two governments to strengthen Mexico’s institutional capacity to counter crime and enforce the rule of law."