Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.

This is not my area of expertise, but you may find it thought-provoking.

First the setup question: Why have U.S. soldiers been in Afghanistan and Pakistan? Presumably, the answer is to fight the Taliban and al Qaeda, who over the years, have killed many Americans and who represent a serious, ongoing threat to the American way of life. That seems like a reasonable use of an army, even when the action occurs in a putative ally.

Now the real question: Which has caused more American deaths and hardship, and been a bigger threat to the American way of life: The Talaban/alQaeda combination or the drug cartels of Mexico? The question came to mind when I saw a Washington Post article which said:

Today’s competitive crime mafias in Mexico are no longer satisfied with bazookas, rocket-propelled grenades or land mines. The Mexican military has discovered that gangsters south of Texas are building armored assault vehicles, with gun turrets, inch-thick armor plates, firing ports and bulletproof glass.
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Last year authorities found an elaborate tunnel stretching more than 2,200 feet, complete with train tracks and ventilation, that was used to move marijuana between a house in the Mexican city of Tijuana and a warehouse in Otay Mesa, Calif.

On the high seas, maritime forces have intercepted dozens of “narco-submarines” hauling multi-ton loads of cocaine north. The semi-submersibles travel very low in the water to avoid detection.

With growing frequency, U.S. guards have spotted ultralight aircraft barnstorming over the border fences to drop 200-pound loads of pot in fields for waiting pickup trucks that flash their high beams or create a makeshift drop zone out of light sticks. According to U.S. officials, there have been more than 300 ultralight incursions into the United States in the past 18 months.

I say the Mexican drug cartels have caused far more damage to America, and are far more likely to continue doing damage well into the future. If true, why do we devote so much military effort to Afghanistan and Pakistan, all of whom are far across the ocean, while devoting virtually no military effort to Mexico, right on our border.

As in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Mexican government has shown very little inclination or ability to rid itself of America’s enemies, the drug cartels. Isn’t there even more reason to make the same deal with Mexico as we have with Afghanistan, and send in our bombers, our Predators and our troops?

According to the Journal of American Medical Association, in 2000, 17,000 deaths occurred as a result of illegal drug abuse. But death is only a small part of the story. Consider individual lives ruined, entire families ruined, entire neighborhoods ruined. The damage done by the Pakistan and Afghanistan wars, while horrendous, pales in comparison to the damage done by illegal drugs from Mexico.

What is different about the Mexican “disease” that makes it immune from a “vaccination” by the Mexico, is within easy range of our army, and stabilizing Mexico not only would reduce illegal drugs, but illegal immigration. Further, Mexico could become a much stronger trade partner, if its people and businesses were not subjugated by crime lords.

The current situation makes internal reform almost impossible. The government, the army and the drug cartels all work together. There is no institution with the power to stop them. Mexico will continue to decline until it is one vast illegal drug factory. There is no countervailing effort. Talk about WMDs, what is worse than illegal, habit-forming drugs?

So my question is: Why Afghanistan and Pakistan, but not Mexico? Don’t we have our priorities confused?

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth. It’s been 40 years since the U.S. became Monetary Sovereign, , and neither Congress, nor the President, nor the Fed, nor the vast majority of economists and economics bloggers, nor the preponderance of the media, nor the most famous educational institutions, nor the Nobel committee, nor the International Monetary Fund have yet acquired even the slightest notion of what that means.

Remember that the next time you’re tempted to ask a teenager, “What were you thinking?” He’s liable to respond, “Pretty much what your generation was thinking when it ruined my future.”