Skip to comments.EXCLUSIVE: Vicente Fox Blames U.S. for Drug War; Violence ‘Is Produced Here’
Posted on 05/08/2016 8:37:39 AM PDT by Rusty0604
SANTA MONICA, California Former Mexican president Vicente Fox suggested Wednesday that drug trafficking and violence at the border arent caused by Mexico, but by drug consumption in the United States.
We dont have a consumption problem. Then, the question, why the war? Why the killings? Its because we are in between those that consume the drugs here in the north in United States and those who produce the drugs south, Columbia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia.
And here is Mexico in this war, why? We have accepted to collaborate with United States in trying to cut the drug trafficking, trying to impede the drug to reach the U.S. market. Were paying the price, Fox continuedd, saying the U.S. paid the Mexican government to help patrol the border and stop the drug trafficking.
I would have never taken those $500 million. The cost of that war is much more than the loss of one life, he said, adding that a compassionate leader would look for solutions.
Calling himself an activist for legalizing marijuana, Fox said, This market generates $55 billion U.S. dollars and where do they go? That money is laundered and that money goes to the cartels and I ask this nation, who does the laundering?
He added: One day, I think its going to happen very soon, a Mexican president will come and tell United States, You dont want drug in your territory, you hold it.
He then turned his attention to criticizing presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for his statements about crime on the border.
So all this talking about homicides [and] violence in Mexico, the one that Trump criticizes, is produced here, Fox challenged. Lets get rid of that language of hate that this campaign has brought about, thats not United States..."
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Why does this guy think he is still relevant?????
Where does the $55 billion go? A lot goes to the Mexican police and politicians.
they threw an American in jail for months for no reason.
it’s not like they value civil rights.
if drugs are coming through Mexico from other countries, seal the border and kill on site. That would work nicely.
And I’m sure if mexico didn’t exist, that we be the end of drug use in the US /s
I like him though. The more he talk, the more people will like Trump.
Who was he talking to? And why come to our land if everythings’ so horrible? Go back to Mexico, where you say all is tan muy bueno.
Oh shut up, Vicente, you creep. These countries are filthy rich w/ US tax dollars WRT "the drug war." Read on.
The federales are scared stiff that President Trump is gonna curtail their US-taxpayer financed lavish lifestyles and fat offshore holdings.
Ever hear of the MERIDA INITIATIVE? I didn/t think so.
WIKI-With the Merida Initiative set to expire on September 30, 2010, the U.S. State Department (under SoS Hillary) has proposed a major renewal and expansion of the program. If approved, starting in 2011, $310 million would be granted to Mexico, another $100 million for the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), and $79 million for the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI).
The U.S. Congress has now authorized $1.6 billion for the three-year initiative (2007â2010). The U.S. Congress approved $465 million in the first year, which includes $400 million for Mexico and $65 million for Central America, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. For the second year, Congress approved $300 million for Mexico and $110 million for Central America, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. A FY09 supplemental appropriation is providing an additional $420 million for Mexico; and $450 million for Mexico and $100 million for Central America has been requested for FY10.
Only about $204 million of that, however, will be earmarked for the Mexican military for the purchase of eight used transport helicopters and two small surveillance aircraft. No weapons are included in the plan. The bill requires that $73.5 million of the $400 million for Mexico must be used for judicial reform, institution-building, human rights and rule-of-law issues.
The bill specifies that 15% of the funds will be dependent on Mexico making headway in four areas relating to human-rights issues, and on which the U.S. Secretary of State will have to report periodically to Congress.
An additional $65 million was granted for the Central American countries (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama); the House also included Haiti and the Dominican Republic in this bill for Central America, which is a comprehensive public security package that seeks to tackle citizen insecurity in Central America by more effectively addressing criminal gangs, improving information sharing between countries, modernizing and professionalizing the police forces, expanding maritime interdiction capabilities, and reforming the judicial sector in order to restore and strengthen citizens confidence in those institutions.
Much of the funding will never leave the United States. It will go toward the purchase of aircraft, surveillance software, and other goods and services produced by U.S. private defense contractors.
While this request includes equipment and training, it does not involve any cash transfers or money to be provided directly to the Government of Mexico or its private contractors.
According to U.S. State Department officials, 59% of the proposed assistance will go to civil agencies responsible for law enforcement, and 41% to operational costs for the Mexican Army and Mexican Navy. While the initial cost for equipment and hardware that the military required is high, it is expected that future budget requests will focus increasingly on training and assistance to civil agencies.
As of November 2009, the U.S. has delivered about $214 million of the pledged $1.6 billion.
Ut oh---Obama/s now requesting couple billion....to curb the Central America drug trade into the US.
One thing Fox refuses to confront is the rampant corruption at all levels of government in Mexico. There is a reason why they use Mexican Marines to do the high level enforcement. Everybody else is assumed to be corrupt.
Well, after all the Community Organizer in Chief and his equally racist former Attorney General have a lot to answer for concerning Fast and Furious. Watergate looks like a minor transgression in comparison to that.
Is Fox running for the President of Azlan or sumpthin ?
In June 2005, Clinton was paid $800,000 by the Colombia-based Gold Service International to give four speeches throughout Latin America. The organization is, ostensibly, a development group tasked with bringing investment to the country and educating world leaders about the Colombias business opportunities.
The Colombia groups chief operating officer, Andres Franco, said in an interview that the group supports the congressional ratification of the free trade agreement and that, when Clinton was on his speaking tour, he expressed similar opinions. He was supportive of the trade agreement at the time that he came, but that was several years ago. In the present context, I dont know what his position would be. It is not only about union trade rights. It is about what benefit or damage it can do to the US economy, said Franco. Events with the Clinton campaign [concerning Mark Penn] are not good at all for the trade agreement... Right now it became a campaign issues and that is sad, because it needs to go through.
The comments were supported by a June 23, 2005 article from the news portal Terra (uncovered by Ben Smith at Politico) in which Clinton offered unambiguous support for the free trade agreement with Colombia. They appear to be the first public indication that Clinton has, at least in the past, supported the trade deal.
But evidence that the former president has been sympathetic to Colombias position is widely known. In 2007, Clinton met personally with and accepted an award from Colombias controversial president, Alvaro Uribe, during a time when the country was attempting to improve its image within the United States. Subsequently, Clinton urged Congress to view the country in a more favorable light.
Moreover, Clinton has helped Frank Giustra, one of the biggest donors to the Clinton Global Initiative, score meetings with high-ranking Colombian officials. Giustra has several business interests in the country, and both he and Clinton have collaborated on an effort to fight poverty in developing world by partnering up with mining companies in Colombia and elsewhere. (SOURCED http://nypost.com/2008/12/19/bubba-sheik-ing-the-money-tree/
Every aspect of the Bill Clinton presidency must be examined for wrongdoing. Recent news reports say the notoriously greedy Clintons used their tax- exempt Clinton Foundation charity to setup a Romney-like money-making private equity fund in the corrupt country of Colombia.
WIKI REFERENCE---In 2000, the Clinton administration committed $1.3 billion in foreign aid to the corrupt country of Colombia...... and up to five hundred military personnel to train local forces. An additional three hundred civilian personnel were allowed to assist in the eradication of coca.
The Clinton deal was an addition to $330 million of previously approved US aid to Colombia. $818 million was earmarked for 2000, with $256 million for 2001.
The Clinton-era appropriations for his Colombia Plan made Colombia the third largest recipient of foreign aid from the United States at the time.
As of 2008, the U.S. has provided nearly $1.3 billion to Colombia through Clinton Plan Colombia nonmilitary aid programs:
<><> Alternative Development (2000-2008 cost: $500 million)
<><> Internally Displaced Persons (2000-2008 cost: $247 million)
<><> Demobilization and Reintegration (2000-2008 cost: $44 million)
<><> Democracy and Human Rights (2000-2008 cost: $158 million)
<><> Promote the Rule of Law (2000-2008 cost: $238 million)
LONG READ--REST AT https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plan_Colombia
I don’t think there is any doubt this nation has a lust for drugs and our current CIC has done nothing but encourage that lust.
However, there is very little that goes on in that shithole down south that isn’t the fault of the corrupt Mexican leadership!
Blaming us for his trouble won’t fix anything. Even if not a single American did drugs, that wouldn’t curtail the corruption that has been a part of that nations culture going back to the 19th century.
Interesting information, thanks.
Trump should look into reviving the Constitutional provision for Letters of Marque and Reprisal.
The war on drugs has failed.
Give the drugs away free. Take the profit out of drugs. Learn the lessons of the Prohibition.
Fox is right to blame the US for drug war violence, as it’s our drug war.
The destabilization of Mexico with drug cartels is only one of many bad consequences of this policy.
When did this bandido get reelected?
Vincente Fox wetting himself
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