I know you're not supposed to point out your friends' faults, but how much longer are we going to keep pretending that Mexico is still a nation-state? How much Mexican territory must be taken over by war-lords before we acknowledge the country on our border is no longer a country, but is instead anarchy?
There's an article in today's Los Angeles Times detailing how rival gangs are fighting to control the illicit "trade routes" into the United States: "The two cartels are warring over Mexico's most valuable region for smuggling people into the United States, with an infrastructure of drivers, guides, suppliers and fleabag hotels that has pumped millions of immigrants across the border."
Nor is this some kind of isolated incident illustrating that the government of Mexico is, more and more, becoming a government in name only. The New York Times has collated four stories on the Mexican drug wars in a single posting today. And you probably already know that a Mexican official investigating the recent murder of an American on a jet-ski was himself murdered and beheaded. Beheaded!
That's right: we don't have to go to the far side of the world to find violent gangs beheading their enemies. We've got them right here, right on our border. You may reasonably disagree, but I'd rather see American troops stationed along our border with Mexico, and completely out of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq.