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Grp79FinalDavey,Karen - THE MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS Karen L....

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THE MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS Karen L. Davey Com 220 Axia College of University March 26, 2010
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How should we deal with the terrorism that the drug cartels are inflicting all across the United States and on the border towns? That is the question that everyone in the white house needs to be asked. Mexican drug cartels are terrorism and a form of warfare and needs to be recognized as such. Illegal drug trade is no longer just a domestic problem. The drug trade has become a multi-billion dollar enterprise that is run by international criminals. The current “War on Drugs” strategy has offered little or no hope and any type of victory; instead the war on drugs is dealt with domestic prevention, treatment, and market disruption. While there is a solution the ongoing problems that are growing are complex, there is a need for a bigger picture. As a nation we need to declare a total war on drug cartels. There is a critical need to increase a department of defense initiative and combine the power of the United States with other governments and develop a decisive anti-drug cartel strategy. This way we could provide security for our citizens at home and abroad. Mexican drug cartels are terrorism and a form of warfare and needs to be recognized as such. The drug trade is a secretive and lucrative business. The drug cartels are responsible for corrupting national political and economic system and bringing society to
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decay. We see the impact of drugs in our schools, street and on the news. The question is whether these cartels will be allowed to grow and threaten democracy, or be destroyed. Without directly attacking the profits of the cartels it is very likely that the cartels will continue to grow. Many people have agreed that drug cartels are a major threat to regional security, I believe the drug cartels are also a threat to our national security. A new approach is necessary to fight the war on drugs. If you look at the last three administrations’ policies and efforts to counter the growing narcotics trade, this will allow me to show some insight into how the cartels operate. Each president since President Nixon has targeted this problem in their own way. It was President Nixon, in 1969, Who launched the war on drugs by significantly increasing the budget and by bringing in the money to fund the task force? Other agencies need to help in the drug enforcement effort. President Reagan declared his war on drugs shortly after taking office and paved the way for military involvement. Reagan targeted efforts against the cartel bases operating in Colombia, thinking these efforts would defeat the growing drug problem. President Bush’s strategy called for increased drug enforcement efforts against the Andean countries of Colombia, Bolivia and Peru. To fund this increased military involvement, the military funding for drug enforcement increased from $357 million in 1989 to more than $1 billion by 1992, according to Eva Bertram in her book Drug War Politics: The Price of Denial. Drug use
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