from Iraq to the Rio Grande?
WASHINGTON — President Obama weighed in Wednesday on the escalating drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that he was looking at possibly deploying National Guard troops to contain the violence but ruled out any immediate military move.
“We’re going to examine whether and if National Guard deployments would make sense and under what circumstances they would make sense,” Obama said during an interview with journalists for regional papers, including a McClatchy reporter.
“I don’t have a particular tipping point in mind,” he said. “I think it’s unacceptable if you’ve got drug gangs crossing our borders and killing U.S. citizens.”
Glenn Reynolds is worried that this:
“We expect to have a comprehensive approach to dealing with these issues of border security that will involve supporting Calderon and his efforts in a partnership, also making sure we are dealing with the flow of drug money and guns south, because it’s really a two-way situation there,” said Obama.
“The drugs are coming north, we’re sending funds and guns south,” he said. “As a consequence, these cartels have gained extraordinary power. Our expectation is to have a comprehensive policy in place in the next few months.”
portends a move to introduce more gun control in the United States. It would be interesting to see how that played out. Since anybody bringing drugs into the United States from Mexico and running guns from the United States into Mexico is breaking at least a dozen laws in the process, I’m not certain how a proposal to pass yet another law they’d be certain to break as well and which we have no intention of enforcing would be much of a deterrent.