Thursday, January 15, 2009


This is reassuring.

Mexico is one of two countries that "bear consideration for a rapid and sudden collapse," according to a report by the U.S. Joint Forces Command on worldwide security threats.

The command's "Joint Operating Environment (JOE 2008)" report, which contains projections of global threats and potential next wars, puts Pakistan on the same level as Mexico. "In terms of worse-case scenarios for the Joint Force and indeed the world, two large and important states bear consideration for a rapid and sudden collapse: Pakistan and Mexico.

"The Mexican possibility may seem less likely, but the government, its politicians, police and judicial infrastructure are all under sustained assault and pressure by criminal gangs and drug cartels. How that internal conflict turns out over the next several years will have a major impact on the stability of the Mexican state. Any descent by Mexico into chaos would demand an American response based on the serious implications for homeland security alone."

Emphasis Mexico's. We're sure Joint Forces Commander Marine Gen. J.N. Mattis means well, but no matter how many caveats and weasel words you throw in, what Mexico sees is "US Thinking About Invading Mexico Again." Pretty soon they're rounding up potential Fifth Columnists here in Querétaro. Stop fucking around, Mattis.

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