Mexican President Drives Comprehensive Strategy to Win Drug War
Mexican President, Felipe Calderon has been pursuing a comprehensive reform strategy since the early days of the Cartel War. These reforms include the economic, social and judicial changes Calderon believes are necessary to deliver a victory over the nation’s endemic corruption.
The Strategy Page posted an article that highlights the challenges Calderon faces as a result of the cartels and their bought politicians and judges. In many places in the country, the criminal networks were so deeply embedded in the government and business sectors, they were often considered outside of the control of the state or “pockets of ungovernability.”
The government’s military is designed to stop these ungovernable areas from growing and then try to reduce them. The non-military aspects of the war are meant to change the dysfunctional social and political conditions that led to the ungovernability in the first place.
Critics are quick to challenge Calderon’s strategy as ineffective. They are quick to point out his legalizing small amounts of drugs will only lead to a bigger drug problem overall. In the bigger picture, the Calderon government has been the most successful reformist government in the history of Mexico.
The non-military component of his strategy is critical to winning the overall war. The announcement of the “aid package” to fight the cartels in Ciudad Juarez as well as build schools and fund job training programs, highlighted the true multi-dimensions to his strategy.
The Ciudad Juarez aid package is positioned as an operational expression of what has been a comprehensive strategy. Critics continue to point the finger at Calderon and his efforts or lack thereof, without highlighting the progress he has made in this very violent and very deadly war.