by Javier ManjarresLast weekend I was invited to be a guest panelist on Univision’s Sunday morning political show ‘Al Punto’, and I was privileged to be able to give my take on the current political news of the week. One of the topics in question was Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s forthcoming visit to the White House. Host Jorge Ramos asked the panel what we believed the two Presidents would discuss during the visit as well as the implications of the recent murder of a U.S. Federal agent along the border area who was killed by a known drug bandit that was later arrested and admitted to the crime.
“The truth is, I would like to know what President Calderon will ask of President Obama, since he is going to come here to complain about the flow of firearms into Mexico, and I would like to suggest to President Calderon to suggest to President Obama to put the U.S. Military on the border to prevent that these firearms, illegal aliens and drugs don’t come across the border?”
Ramos then asked us if we thought that the murder of the ICE agent Zapata would change the makeup of the drug war in Mexico, I responded:
Mr. Ramos pointed out that my words were “very strong” to call President Calderon a “weak President” that hasn’t done anything to fix this problem. The chance that either President Calderon or President Obama will send their respective militaries to guard the border region and stop illegal border crossings is slim to none. But as the two meet this week to discuss the mounting carnage that is occurring along the border region, it will be very interesting to see if President Calderon has the ‘cojones’ to stand up and blame the U.S. for all that ails Mexico- an all too familiar refrain from our “friends” south of the border- when in fact he has no better “friend” in the White House who is far more concerned with a public relations opportunity than he is with dealing with the increasing lawlessness along the border.
“No. What is happening in Mexico is a Mexican problem, it has nothing to do with the United States, the problem that the United States has is a U.S. problem, and President Obama needs to find a solution to the problem. What is happening in Mexico shows how President Calderon has failed and has shown himself to be a weak President, that hasn’t done anything, he could possibly do everything needed to be done to find a solution to this problem.”