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September 01, 2023 08:29 AM UTC

Friday Open Thread

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  • by: Colorado Pols

“Dream in a pragmatic way.”

–Aldous Huxley

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  1. Never mind the GOP’s Leave It to Beaver trip back to the 1950’s, now they want to go back to 1846….

    “War on Mexico”: Republicans ramp up calls for military action as they blast Democrats as warmongers (msn.com)

    REMEMBER THE ALAMO!

    PS Remember what happened in February 2022 when a much more powerful nation sent its army across its southern border to attack a militarily weaker country? Ask Putin how that’s working out.

    1. The entire history of United States of America's initiatives to invade foreign nations leaves a great deal to think about. We did okay in Panama and Grenada.  Other places and more more capable opponents, not so much.  A nonjudgmental "listing of such instances can be found in
      CRS Report RL30172, Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-
      2001."

       

    2. It is true that the Mexican government has to stop doing business with and get tough on their own cartels, but that certainly isn't the way to do it. 

      1. They have an election coming up. The incumbent asshole, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador ("AMLO"), is term limited. AMLO is a left-wing populist moron. His approach to dealing with the cartel was to invite El Chapo's mother to the presidential palace for lunch to try reconciliation with the cartels. It hasn't worked out as well as he had hoped.

        His MORENA party's likely presidential candidate is the current mayor of Mexico City who would probably be a marginal improvement over Lopez Obrador.

        The opposition parties have formed a coalition behind a woman by the name of Xochitl Galvez who would be a significant improvement over AMLO.

      2. Mexico is a country with a weak national government that is unable to enforce laws or regulations on large private businesses (ie. cartels). It's a country where private militias arm themselves to protect their communities and interests from their national government.

        Mexico is a GOP dream made real!

        1. If any Republican candidate ( except possibly Haley) wins the Presidency in 2024, the warmongering with Mexico would ramp up. 
           

          Although I don’t see a full fledged declared war on Mexico  happening, opportunities for more racist violence against Latine migrants, more weapons profiteering by gun companies, more bogus scams to “build walls”, and more justification for cartels to build power to “protect territory” are likely.

          What a freaking nightmare for anyone except the GOP.

          1. Asa Hutchinson – who will almost certainly not be the GOP nominee – had the most thoughtful and responsible answer to the "fentanyl/ border crisis" question.  It will get him absolutely zero votes in the Republican primaries – if he lasts that long.

            He drew on his experience as Bush's drug czar. (I know, I'm chuckling at that one, too.) He said we had to work with Mexico on this. (What a big surprise.) He talked about economic leverage (just to show that he wasn't a complete pansy). And he made the really obvious observation that AMLO's government has not been "particularly helpful."

             

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