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Posted on Mar 20, 2011
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U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Carlos Pascual speaking in Monterrey in 2009.

The U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Carlos Pascual, has resigned in the wake of WikiLeaked comments he made expressing doubts about Mexico’s ability to fight the country’s drug cartels. —JCL

The BBC

The dispute flared last month when Mexican President Felipe Calderon accused Mr Pascual of “ignorance”.

He said the US cables, released by Wikileaks in December, had harmed ties.

The US is backing Mexico’s war against drug-trafficking with more than $1bn (£600m) in equipment and training.

The two countries have also increasingly been sharing intelligence in a bid to tackle the drug gangs as violence continues to take a heavy toll in Mexico, with more than 34,000 killed since late 2006.

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By msgmi, March 20, 2011 at 11:00 pm Link to this comment
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Eliminate the profit, the cartels go under.

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By samosamo, March 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm Link to this comment

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It is a wonder that hillbilly hillary allowed Ambassador Carlos
Pascual to resign. But I guess his cables didn’t expose the super
secret source of easy money for the criminal elite. It just
exposed an ‘idea’ that mexico wasn’t, for various reasons, doing
what it could or should in the american illegal drug trade.

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By gerard, March 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm Link to this comment

Please note:
1.  Is it a crime to question whether Calderon can “win the war on drugs”?
2.  Is it a crime to say “various security agencies are often at odds”?
3.  Is it a crime to speculate publicly that “Mexican security agencies are slow
and risk averse”?
4.  Is it a crime to wonder whether Mexico is so weak (in comparison to the
U.S.) that it may do anything the U.S. requests?
5.  Is it a crime to take notice of the fact that the resigning Ambassador
“recently began dating “the daughter of a senior member of Mexico’s main
opposition party, Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI)?  (Interesting how that
scary word “revolutionary” pops up when needed.) 
6.  What new information of international significance was released here? How
much of it has already been commonly known/suspected for years? 

Revolutionary?  O my God!  What next?

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By Luis Lozano, March 20, 2011 at 4:43 pm Link to this comment
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I wonder what would have happened to him if he would have placed the blame directly on the U.S. for funding and prolonging the War on Drugs.  Mexico is fighting this at our insistence and in the past had been resistant to the pressure to excalate the war.  I guess the promise of more money, weapons and expertise was too much to resist.  Now this failed policy has no end in site and like most wars has taken on a life of its’ own with conferences, treaties and expansion into other countries.  Weapons manufacturerers, security companies, consultants and politicians are now on the hook and need their fix on U.S. money.  Who in their right mind would give that up?

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