A Mexican soldier stands watch over a haul of seized marijuana at a news conference in Tijuana last month.
In an apparent mixing of official messages, President Obama has contradicted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by rejecting the analogy that Mexico is becoming more and more like 1990s drug-heyday Colombia, when 40 percent of the country’s territory was controlled by rebel groups.
Mexico has adeptly responded to both politicians by claiming the only commonality between the two conflicts is the insatiable demand brought about by U.S. drug consumers. —JCL
President Obama has denied that rising violence is making Mexico more and more like Colombia at the height of its drugs war.
The remark is an apparent contradiction to comments made by his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
She said on Wednesday that the drug war in Mexico had begun to resemble the violence in Colombia 20 years ago.