U.S. officials, meanwhile, have been busy reaffixing the “kick me” sign that Jeane Kirkpatrick removed from America’s back, as Peter Collier noted in Political Woman. For example, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blames the violence of Mexican criminal gangs on American guns, an argument that has not the slightest validity. Except of course for the “fast and furious” scandal in which Secretary Clinton is embroiled. The gun nonsense is further evidence that the Obama administration has trouble discerning its true friends and allies.
Under the PRI, Mexico was corrupt and authoritarian at home and relentlessly anti-American in the United Nations. Its tourist ads touted the “Amigo Country” but Mexico was not a U.S. ally in any recognizable sense. The PRI policy of encouraging illegal immigration, even as Mexico roughly deported penniless Guatemalans and Salvadorans, amounted to colonialism. That practice changed little under the PAN governments.
After Mexico nationalized the oil industry in the 1930s, Evelyn Waugh wrote Robbery Under Law, subtitled The Mexican Object-Lesson. All but the willfully blind should find another object lesson in the attack on U.S. officials by Mexican Federal Police.
The PRI may be back in power under Enrique Peña Nieto but the new president and his government can hardly claim to control the country. U.S. officials should tilt U.S. aid away from nations where federal police attack U.S. personnel, and toward reliable friends and allies.
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