These days you don't have to go to South Asia to find a country our Defense Department is very worried about. You can take I-35. You can walk! Mexico has landed on the U.S. national security worry list. A Defense Department study released in November coupled Mexico with Pakistan as states in danger of "rapid and sudden collapse."
The drug war in Mexico is more and more just... war. Drug cartels are blamed for killing more than 6,000 people since January of last year. Six thousand!
The mayor of Ciudad Juarez, Jose Reyes Ferriz, is hiding out right now, presumably in El Paso, Texas, from drug lords who killed six of his city's police officers and are now, even still, threatening to kill Reyes and his family.
According to our own Justice Department, Mexican drug cartels are operating in as many as 230 U.S. cities and control about 90 percent of the cocaine market, and most of the maijuana, meth, and heroin markets here.
So, we're left with a situation in which a country with 109 million people, the 11th most populous country in the world, has a government that is unsafe within its own borders, one of which it shares with us!
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