Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who was just elected the new head of the Republican Governor's Association, said this week that President Obama should consider sending the military into Mexico to help fight the drug war.
During an interview on MSNBC on Thursday, Perry, a potential presidential 2012 presidential candidate, said the U.S. must "use every aspect of law enforcement that we have, including the military," when asked whether he would support military involvement in Mexico to help the country battle drug lords.
"I think you have the same situation as you had in Colombia," Perry said. "Obviously, Mexico has to approve any type of assistance that we can give them."
Perry spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger told the San Antonio Express-News that the governor's point is that the U.S. must consider all options to secure the border.
Perry is pretty much echoing the sentiment that Hillary Clinton has regarding the subject. The Mexican border has become increasingly violent over the past few months, and the Mexican government seems to be powerless to stop it. Border security is going to become more of an issue, if things do not get any better, and it doesn't look like that it will.
Bill Clinton was very successful in Colombia, when he helped that country get things back under control when the drug cartels were kidnapping and killing people left and right with little to no resistance from local authorities. Now, Clinton stopped short of a full invasion of the country, but he did give the Colombian president military assistance, which included hardware and a limited amount of personnel, to help them quell the "insurgency".
However, things are much different in Mexico than they were in Colombia in the late 90's. The Colombian president welcomed help from the US. Mexico is much more nationalistic, and because of that, President Felipe Calderon is much less likely to be so enthusiastic about receiving any help from us. Still, if the violence continues to escalate as it has been and it starts to spill across the border into US cities, then, we may have very little choice but to fight back against these drug gangs.