The Narco War in Mexico is getting to be quite a conflagration. Yahoo News reports:
"We're throwing everything into this. We are cleaning the house," said President Felipe Calderon in an interview on Mexican television.
There are now 2,020 soldiers and 425 federal police in Ciudad Juarez, a city of around 1.6 million people. An army spokesman said the reinforcements would begin to arrive in the coming weeks.
Calderon's military operation is supported by the United States, which is concerned the violence could destabilize Mexico, a key trading partner, and spill over the border.
Mexico has deployed some 45,000 troops across the country to try to crush drug gangs but clashes between rival cartels and security forces killed around 6,000 people last year.
I am determined now more than ever to keep my narco dollars in the state of Texas.
A U.S. Senate committee said on Thursday it would hold two meetings on the violence along the border, days after the Obama administration warned travelers about the growing risks.
"We must assess border security programs and plans in place and we must review the readiness of federal, state and local law enforcement," said Senator Joseph Lieberman, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
The panel would examine how the two governments were addressing the situation and determine the potential for increased terrorist activity.
The committee said it may also look into whether there is merit to deploying National Guard to the border, fencing issues and potential mass migration from Mexico.
I have a nasty feeling that this will be the issue that saves the GOP from irrelevance and obscurity. It has it all: kidnapped white girls sold into sex slavery; cheap narcotics pouring into our gated communities; brown people wanting to steal our land and jobs; racial strife; explosions, etc.
This gonna be good.