Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Army Undersecretary Joseph Westphal Suggests U.S. Troops May Have To Fight Drug Insurgency In Mexico During Speech At University Of Utah

Update February 10th: Joseph Westphal recants under pressure; see updated post HERE.

During a speech delivered at the University of Utah Hinckley Institute on February 7th, 2011, Undersecretary of the Army Joseph Westphal suggested that at some point in the future, it may be necessary for U.S. troops to actually fight the Mexican narcoterrorist insurgency inside Mexico itself. Contrasting reporting in the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune -- significantly different in tone from one another.

Westphal began his lecture, entitled "The Impact of Education on the Armed Forces in the 21st Century", explaining the economic and bureaucratic obstacles faced by defense budget makers amid complicated challenges in the Middle East and South Asia. But in response to a student’s question about strategic blind spots in U.S. foreign policy, Westphal shifted gears. “One of them in particular for me is Latin America and in particular Mexico. As all of you know, there is a form of insurgency in Mexico with the drug cartels that’s right on our border. This isn’t just about drugs and about illegal immigrants, This is about, potentially, a takeover of a government by individuals who are corrupt”, said Westphal.

Westphal also said that the United States would do well to pay close attention to the scarcity of civilian government involvement in military forces throughout Latin America, where he said the balance between the two is very fragile. But Westphal — who said he was expressing a personal opinion, but one he had shared with the White House — said he didn’t want to ever see a situation in which armed and fighting American soldiers are sent to combat an insurgency on our border, in violation of our Constitution, or to have to send them across the border.

You can listen to the full speech as presented by KUER 90.1. Either click on the url below (compatible with Windows Media Player), or right-click and paste it into the media player of your choice:

http://audio.kuer.org:8000/hinckley_02072011_joseph_westphal_edu_armed_forces.mp3.m3u

Naturally, the Tribune was quick to record the reaction of a sob sister. Claudio Holzner, an assistant professor in the University of Utah’s departments of political science and Latin American studies, said Westphal’s words were “incendiary.” Holzner claims it's an overstatement to call the drug war an insurgency, primarily because the drug cartels are not seeking control of the government — they are seeking safe passage for their merchandise. Thus Holzner considers it would be foolhardy for U.S. officials to consider sending troops into Mexico.

In September 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced similar sentiments to Westphal's, implying that the situation in Mexico was reminiscing into a situation similar to Colombia 20 years ago. But an unidentified Mexican official said that Westphal's remarks went far beyond those of Clinton's, though there'd be no official Mexican response until senior diplomatic officers review Westphal’s words.

Many of the Mexican drug cartels have weapons and expertise rivalling that of the Mexican military. One of the most dangerous is the Los Zetas Cartel, which have former members of the Mexican Army’s elite Grupo Aeromóvil de Fuerzas Especiales (GAFE) in their ranks. Yes, that's right -- Fuerzas Especiales means Special Forces. We're talking commandos, similar to our Navy SEALs and Green Berets. They can offer Mexican soldiers higher salaries than the government.

It would certainly make more sense to deploy our troops in Mexico than to continue to string them out all over the world engaged in peacekeeping, nation-building, and wiping babies' asses. The Taliban offer no threat to us. The Mexican cartels are a real threat.

2 comments:

  1. "Westphal said he does not want to see 'armed soldiers fighting an insurgency right on our
    border or just across our borders.'" - Desert News - http://www.hinckley.utah.edu/events/media/2011/02_07_2011_Army_of_the_future_in_transition.pdf

    "Westfall — who said he was expressing a personal opinion, but one he had shared with the White House — said he didn’t want to ever see a situation in which 'armed and fighting' American soldiers are sent to combat an insurgency 'on our border, in violation of our Constitution, or to have to send them across the border.'" - Salt Lake Tribune - http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home/51207681-76/mexico-westphal-army-drug.html.csp#

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  2. More jew flub-dub for amerikan brain dead.

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