Sunday, August 23, 2009

Mother of All travel Alerts

Hmmm. Calderón disses a Michoacán drug lord's mamá, and suddenly the US State Department is advising American travelers to steer clear of the area:

U.S. State Department’s latest Mexico alert urges travelers to delay trips to parts of Michoacan and Chihuahua states.

The alert, issued Thursday, advises U.S. citizens to delay unnecessary travel to those areas and to exercise “extreme caution” if a visit is necessary.

The alert notes the abduction and killing of two resident U.S. citizens in Chihuahua in July. It gives no details from Michoacan (which includes the city of Morelia and the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, which draws many visitors), and a spokesman said he was not immediately able to supply more than was in the posted alert.

One of the big raps on Foggy Bottom is that the Latin America desk doesn't really understand Latin America very well. Secretary Clinton may have muffed the whole Virgin of Guadalupe thing, but clearly someone on the staff knows what they're talking about. They're even smart enough to keep mum [pun intentional] about the actual reasoning.

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