Mexico sours on drug war

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November 17, 2011
Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter  
Posted in Commentary

"When Mexico's new president Felipe Calderon launched a military-led offensive against the country's powerful drug cartels in December 2006, his strategy enjoyed widespread domestic support. But his confrontational approach has not gone as planned. At least forty-four thousand -- and according to at least one estimate, perhaps as many as fifty-two thousand -- people have perished in the upsurge of violence over the past five years. That unpleasant reality has gradually caused major segments of Mexico's population and, perhaps even more important, key Mexican political leaders to become disenchanted with the drug war." (11/16/11)  

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