March 25, 2009

U.S. to beef up security along border with Mexico

Posted: 12:00 PM ET

Note: We'll be discussing this tonight on LKL - as the war on drugs heats up in Mexico, are you worried it may spill over into the U.S.?  Let us know!

President Obama on Tuesday vowed to invest the resources needed to address the threat posed by drug traffickers in Mexico.

"We are going to continue to monitor the situation, and if the steps we have taken do not get the job done, then we will do more," he told reporters Tuesday night.

He praised the efforts of Mexican President Felipe Calderon to counter drug cartels, which "have gotten completely out of hand," but said the United States must take further steps, such as ensuring that illegal guns and cash do not flow from north of the Rio Grande to the cartels in Mexico.

"That's what makes them so dangerous," he said.

Obama's remarks came hours after Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that the United States is sending hundreds of federal agents and crime-fighting equipment to the border.


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Question Authority   March 25th, 2009 12:44 pm ET




Michael Savage = CORRECT for 15 years!


Biology analogy: a sovereign nation's border
is like a Cell's MEMBRANE. In respect for its' can-NOT be breached without pro-
per p-r-o-t-o-c-o-l ! -----–> That's aLL.

Michael C. McHugh   March 25th, 2009 1:33 pm ET

In this case, the main problem is finding some way to reduce the amount of drugs consumed in the US. I don't say legalize drugs so much as find ways to get people to stop using them. Then these gangsters would have to find some other line of business. In the so-called Drug War, reducing consumption should be the first priority.

James   March 25th, 2009 2:14 pm ET

Hey Larry James in Charleston S.C. here wanted to comment on all the non Americans in our Country.Seems like we are taking action the wrong way. What about when i was in court and the non Americans with out a drivers license or ss card ,is it wrong for the Judge to ask for their American Citizenship card to verify they are here legally. I was on a job downtown the Swat team was doing some kind of trainning on the roof and we had to leave at 3.00 . well about 2.00 they showed up and you should of seen them all scram. I thought if i was a cop i would do something about it. Just seems we are losing our jobs because non Americans are working for companys that dont claim them. Those are the people we should watch , the people who hire non Americans ,so in other words we have screwed up our country by letting them in our home. When 10-15 live in 1 home and should be in 10 homes that would help the home loans . If you get a chance could you look at this site and if it sounds like people who drive could save and help the environment if they us these Fuel Capsules they work i have been saving every week . on 200.00 aweek im saving 40.00 and spending 10.00 on capsules they are helping me . Every little bit helps over 1000.00 i saved last year. please let poeple know about how they can help. If people use these they will use less gas and we will not buy as much and then the amount of fuel we use will be less then the fuel people will see and lower the cost for us. Thank alot and see you on tv tonight James C Boone II

Frank for AIG   March 25th, 2009 2:43 pm ET

There is a demand for the drugs and they are huge profits to supply that demand. Take the HUGE profit out of the product and you take the criminal element out of the business.

To think that people are dying over natural (plant) products is insane in this day and age. People are dying over POT when cigarettes kill more people in cancer.

USER's won't quit. USERS create demand. ILLEGAL creates huge profits. PROFITS create illegal element.

K.M.Kirby   March 25th, 2009 3:16 pm ET

If history can often be seen to go in cycles, then perhaps America has again entered a phase where Mexico must, one more, be brought to its knees. Certainly many thousands of emigres, from south of the border, would gladly enlist for the conquest of the failed state they once called home.

Billy Cole   March 25th, 2009 4:19 pm ET

Yes, I beleive the border problem will cross into the USA, I also believe that it will take volunteers from the south to defend Texas like the last time mexicans were in San Antonio, remember the Alamo.
However, I really think that President Obama will show some tough leadership should American start being killed on our own soil.

Gina B   March 25th, 2009 4:47 pm ET

CONCERNED??? Of course!!! This has been an ongoing problem that has been left to fester for too long! Sure there's a problem with drugs & guns going back & forth over the border...but its more than just that traffic back & forth! As an American, I fear that they've ignored our borders far too long to stop it now! Too long have our borders been flooded by immigrants; they've found ways over here and then been rewarded with citizenship for it...what makes them think we'd care now, right??? It only makes the risk even bigger!!!

Gina B   March 25th, 2009 4:55 pm ET

Bily Cole up there I totally agree with this coming to a situation like the Alamo...what TERRIFIES me the most, is your comment of patience...
"Obama will show some tough leadership should American start being killed on our own soil" The problem IS that it will WAIT until we are dying on our own soil yet again...The borders should have been defended long before now....If this is to happen yet again...I guess that will make 2 generations of my family fighting for Texas independence!

Lucinda   March 25th, 2009 5:28 pm ET

I am absolutely flabbergasted about how the "Righteous Right" speaks of Obama! Had any of the "Liberal Left" spoken that way 2 months into the Bush administration they would have been labeled as very very very UNPATRIOTIC!!!!!!!

Why don't they give Obama a chance???????? Support the President they used to say–they need to practice what they preach.

At least the financial proposal by Obama is trying to improve things for the American people; the hairbrained idea of Bush, i.e. the Iraq war, cost the taxpayers billions that will never be recouped, And heaven forbid anyone vote against the war!!!!

What a frickin' double standard!!!!!!!!

Bushed   March 25th, 2009 5:40 pm ET

Wrote my representative on this issue back in 2007, shortly after that Steve King Republican Rep of Iowa showed up on CNN's situation Room with Wolfeblitzer proclaimed was too little too late, then Bush Jr. went to border in ATV with backing of his BUSHIE RNC GOOP, rode around in circles in ATV, in photo op. Then passed a bill with a fence with no funding, then left two border gaurds in prison on trumped up charges in a southern state, ya know Campeon and Ramos, That destroying morale of US Border Gaurds. Still after loss of two elections the RNC still deaf. Yes I can agree the RNC is too little with proper Governing as past exsample of last 8 years. RNC diffinitely too late, with proper civil governing of US Boprders during BUSHS PAST RNC failed Predidency, that is very self evident in these truths as there are so many still needs jailed over War Crimes !!!

Bushed   March 25th, 2009 5:45 pm ET

PS was independent now after argueing with NEO CONS on web in blogs I'm now a FIGHTING DEMOCRAT, Rushlinpbawe band of idiots convinced me where I need to be in this fight !


joanne osinkowski ontario canada   March 25th, 2009 6:20 pm ET

Everyone says that Barack Obama is taking on too much, but everyone wants everything done yesterday. America have faith in your President and give him time, if he says he will do something about Mexico's drug and gang problem he will. Canadians seem to have more faith in Barack Obama than Americans.

simonsays   March 25th, 2009 6:41 pm ET

Build an electrfied fence. Let them come in like all the other legal immigrants that acculturated, learned the language, and fought for and built this country.

Jay   March 25th, 2009 8:28 pm ET

Until the american people's appetite for assault weapons and cocaine ease up, until then we should secure the border.

Jocelyn   March 25th, 2009 8:40 pm ET

Mr. Norton. In the several years that we have had such drastic climate changes, what are some of the smaller, more tangivle things that I can do to help preserve the environment?

apostle gary savage   March 25th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Larry King, I hope this will help, there are people like myself trying to get our governments and people to get involved concerning our war on drugs. I talk more about this issue on my personal blogs at google search "apostle gary savage"

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Mr. President, you signed a bill giving $2 billion in Recovery Act 2009 funding allocations for state and local law enforcement. How much of this money will you spend on new security within our comunities to stop the terrorist drug dealers that are killing our people. This would put alot of people to work.
Sincerely, apostle gary savage

steve Love   March 25th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Michael Ware, Thank You for your absolutely impeccable reporting. No one articulates the issues happening on the ground better than you. I am always rivetted by every word you have to say. Be safe out there. We need people like you to get the story out and help erradicate these barbaric crimes.

Mandy K.   March 25th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

I live in El Paso, TX and it is heartbreaking every day to hear of people being murdered in our sister city of Juarez. It is frightening to think we live within miles of this violence and that it may possibly start spilling over into El Paso.

Joann   March 25th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

A friend of mine, John Peerson, is a private boat fisherman and captain. He has been detained in a Mexican prison since 1/20/09. The prison where he is, is run by the Mexican drug cartel. The warden has been arrested, and the government of the State of Quintana Roo, Mexico, where Cancun is located, are trying to clean up the corruption. Our friend, John Peerson, is caught in the middle. He brought a yacht into Port for fuel and to avoid bad weather, and his boat was boarded by the Mexican authorities in search of weapons. He declared the weapons, as he had done in the past on several occasions, the same weapons, yet, they have arrested him. The attorneys working on John's behalf, have proven the weapons are legally registered in the U. S. to the boat owner, and also have never been used in any crimes. In this case, they are spending needless time in pursuing an innocent American.

Lydee in PA   March 25th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

The ONLY solution to this and most of our other problems is to LEGALIZE all drugs, as they do nicotine, caffeine, alcohol, etc.
The violence would stop and we could tax and regulate the drugs. The addicts are going to get them anyway! Think about it...

Ana Gabriela   March 25th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I live in Mexico, and I have a pertinent comment about the drug wars that you are commenting on tonight in your show. Mexico does not produce arms; all the arms that the drug cartels are using are imported.

Ana Gabriela   March 25th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Another comment: Mexico does not allow civilians to carry firearms; tourists are notified that they are not allowed to bring weapons or firearms into the country (including territorial waters; and anyone found with guns will be prosecuted under the terms of Mexican law. If Peerson has been encarcelated, it is because he broke Mexican laws.

apostle gary savage   March 25th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Larry King, here is more for people that are watching you show
Sunday, March 08, 2009
President Barack Obama
Dear Mr. President, I am writing to ask that you consider using our military to stop the terrorist drug dealers within the United States from killing our people.
Mr. President, we have the right to be free from the terrorist drug dealers, and our constitution says we have the right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, but until we reclaim our nation from the terrorist drug dealers, our constitutional rights are being violated.
I talk more about this on my personal blogs at google search
"apostle gary savage"

Irene Pyles   March 25th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

My friend, John Peerson is in jail in Cancun. He is an honorable man just doing his job as captain on a fishing boat, He was coming from costa Rica to Fla. The boat was torn up and confiscated and John was put in Cancun jail. They were looking for drugs and guns. He only had the same 3 guns on board that he has had on the boat for many years[in case of piracy] He has terrible living conditions and the mexican mafia comes through every week getting $5,000.00 so that he can be with 2 inmates instead of the worst prisoners. He has been in jail for 2 mo,s with no end in sight. The judge won't show up for court so that he can prove his innocence as they are constantly getting more money[about $100,000 so far] out of him. John is from Fla. a us citizen and needs HELP from the US President.

john fairley   March 25th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

How To Win The Drug War

When is Uncle Sam going to wake up? The way to win the war is legalize DRUGS. Take the profit motive out of the scenario and
the criminals have no reason to deal. The killing and violence ends. It's all about control and MONEY. Take the money motive away. Legalize ALL drugs, tax them and put them under government control. But the hundreds of billions of dollars into your ailing economy. The most right wing magazine in the US, The National Review as been saying to legalize for years.

Mars   March 25th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Money for Mexico is giving them power against us. The whole government is corrupt and has been for a longgg time.. that's why their people come across however they can; They run away from their country. OUR borders need more agents checking what is Leaving our country just as they check what is coming in. Use the money for agencies or ways to punish the users creating the demand in the USA. Send them to Mexico. Just think how many Hollywood stars and white collar persons USE drugs. How many are on the news going to rehab. Let's get real and find ways to go after the User in a heavy way. Check Westside El Paso and see home many Big wigs from mexico now own huge homes there. And how many illegal persons are crossing with fake visas daily and homeland has not caught them.

Diane   March 25th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I am invited to a wedding in Cabo San Lucas in July. I am concerned about attending.

trisha   March 25th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Mexico is a dangerous country , been told for years.
People in USA closer to the border being Kidnapped
too .

Tourist cities in Mexico , will lose money $$$$$$,
they will go to other countries or cities in USA .

USA has to many ILLEGALS NOW ........
Recieving free medical , food stamps / debt cards
dental , etc ......

There's to many LEGAL americans who's out of a job
should recieve help before any ILLEGALS .
Taxpayers also deserve help ...

Bayardo Estrada   March 25th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Just a brief comment on the war on Drugs, since the 80`s the government of the united states have been involved(CIA) in drug dealing, this is going back to the Contras in Nicaragua.Thanks!

Jennifer   March 25th, 2009 9:42 pm ET


Please ask for a panel on legalization. We need to draw down the
high price of marijuana, which would be done by legalizing it, and allowing folks to grow it in a regulated way, such as grape wine growing. Bring the price down, regulate the product, allow people to consume it, and your price becomes lower and stable, and you also have a nice competitive business without warrior competition.

We all smoke it...let's face it. This will not change in the US. Please invite a panel on legalization.

Thank you.


chris   March 25th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

It isnt just Mexico were the US's lax gun laws are creating violence. Vancouver, Toronto , and most of Quebec are in the grip of gang wars, and the guns are almost all smuggled from the States. Canada is a huge country with a small population, we can't stop the flow of drugs south if we dont have help stopping the guns flow north.

L Farrow   March 25th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Of course I plan to travel to Mexico. These problems are over 3,000 miles away from Cancun and Riviera Maya. It is a shame what you are doing to the Mexico tourism with your lack of report the problems like it is everywhere. These are border towns no one vacations in in the first place. The people of Cancun are some of the nicest, warmest people in the world and they don't deserve to pay the price for the American media's thirst for sensationalism. This is now so distorted it's unreal...I would travel without hesitation to Cancun, Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos/Cabo San Lucas and Cozumel...wonderful resort there and no problems. I would NOT travel to border towns along Texas, Acapulco or Mexico City..there are problems there. The drug problem is real-but it is still safe to go to resort areas in Mexico.

john fairley   March 25th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Hooray For Earth Day

At Last the media is focusing a little on global warming. The catastrophe
is a gathering storm and all the news is about the economic down turn. If we don't have a planet to live on, who cares about the economy. Our good Earth should be the priority, not the almighty dollar.


Brian Tourville   March 25th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

It's Time to Rethink Recreational Drug Availability in the USA.

Mexico is reporting "Success" with their having sent in 10,000 Military into Juarez – murders went from 36 a day down to 1 a day.

The Drug War is a Turf War between Gangs and these Gangs are Smart enough to know when to Quit fighting each other and remain Quietly dealing Drugs for Profit into the USA.

So, all it takes is 10K Military Troops per border town kept on permanent
deployment to quell the Turf War Murder Rate.

Still doesn't address the New Mexican Cartel Mafia – the largest organized crime network in the United States.

Here's what I know is Street Fact :

When the Dealers Dealers dry up the Marijuana supplies – they do it to
initiate Parties into Cocaine.

Meth Amphetamines started up as 'Bath Tub Crank' – home grown –
over the Road Truckers used this stuff decades ago to stay awake.

House wifes still mix this up & sell it to locals in many mid western transportation town crossroad hubs.

Mexican Meth shows up as it is cheap to produce yielding a huge profit.

The Dealers dry up the Cocaine supplies & pump in Mexican Meth.

Should the entire shipment be lost – it's 'so what' – cost a few hundred
dollars to make – unlike Cocaine.

When Cocaine supplies are dried up – in comes Heroin – the Hands Down Worst Human Spiritual Blight Straight from Hell – and Afghanistan.

To summarize:

Marijuana is popular – better than Beer for many.

Dry up Marijuana – in comes Cocaine and Meth Amphetamines.

Dry up Cocaine – in comes Meth Amphetamines and Heroin.

Dry up Cocaine or Meth – in comes Heroin.


Legalize Marijuana .

Register Cocaine Users – they can Buy their Supplies @ their Local Pharmacy.

A large percentage of Cocaine & Marijuana Sales will go towards paying for Universal Health Care.

This way when the Cocaine Party is over for the user – they can get cleaned up & back to work all the wiser.

With these two Party Substances being available –
Meth Amphetamine usage will drop off the chart.

Heroin use will drop off the chart.

Drug Trafficking will cease to cost us Billions upon Billions each year
fighting the Drug War.

Kids caught smoking a joint won't have their working careers ruined by over
zealous Law Makers .

Susie   March 25th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

What gets me is that nothing has been done in the last couple of years. Corruption has existed in Mexico and I have seen first hand when visiting relatives. Money talks. I agree that Mexico doesn't produce guns, the guns that the cartels are using in their drug wars are coming from outside of Mexico. People need to wake up and see that if we don't come together and find a solution to stop this violence, Mexico will continue to be run by the corruption of the cartels.

Gilbert D.   March 25th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

America has always been a major producer of Guns. What makes the Congressman believe that the weapons they are using can not be from the US? He must be living in a bubble, far away from the real world! I am from Phoenix and have seen the reach of the Cartels into inner city Gangs that work to sell their product and send them both money and guns back to Mexico. We need to support the Mexican effort to end these Cartels both here in the US and with political pressure in Mexico.

Keith   March 25th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Larry, Mr. James Almost is absolutely correct when he states that this is a problem for both countries and both have a part in the past drug sales and use in this country... Most older white people in this country who still have the mind of those whites in the past (against anything not white) aren't really alarmed until the drugs hit their front door or part of their family... it becomes then an epidemic...

Keno   March 25th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

The hole country has been kidnaped!!!!!.
We had to run away from Mexico, it's very sad. And yes top officials are involved in this problem, a lot of money is going in to u.s. and mexican pockets. Everyone knows how the flow works, drugs in to the u.s., and money and arms from the us.

Thank's for exposing this.

james   March 25th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Ladies and Gentlemen who read this.....
The drug violence is already in the US and it has been for years.

There is a reason PHOENIX, Arizona is the number two city in the WORLD with most kidnappings. It is because of the drug wars from mexico, a whole 180 miles south of the Capital of Arizona. Tucson has had their fair share of home invasions and kidnappings also, though not to the extent of Phoenix.
I seem to remember a story about a home invasion in Phoenix last summer or early fall where para-military from Mexican cartels shot up the house with 100 rounds and killed an Immigrant from Jamaica.
Atlanta, Georgia had the most money seized last year in relation to mexican drug cartels operating in the US.... some 30 Million Dollars. More than even Los Angeles and Chicago. Atlanta is the main hub for illegal drugs being shipping through out the east coast of the US.
Houston has had drug cartel violence. Just two weeks ago a drug runner and gang member from Mexico shot a police officer in the face. Luckily the officers partner show the drug runner dead at his house. The officer remains in critical condition in a Houston hospital and they are not sure if he will survive..

Keys on the border, secure the border like the american people were promised in the Reagan amnesty in 1986. Put the military on the border to make it harder for people to just walk across the border because alot of those people who cross will help the drug cartel by carrying drugs across into the US.
As far as guns going south, INSPECT every one and every vehicle. no matter how much time it takes to enter one country from the other. INSPECT every person and every vehicle coming north from Mexico into the USA. again dont worry about the wait time at the border, get more agents to work the border crossings.

I was on board with all the comments Edward James Olmos said until the very end when he had to use the cheap race or ethnic bating about Tancredo blaming all Latinos. Mr Olmos should know that Mr Tancredo is against ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION not legal immigration even though in the down turn in this economy, most americans are probably going to worry about that, too

Belinda   March 25th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Watching your show tonight brought back memories of "Kiki" Camarena, the DEA agent who was kidnapped by the Mexican drug cartel and visciously murdered in the late 1980's.

I feel we owe it to his memory, and his family, to finally "get it right" this time around. How long is too long.....

Keith   March 25th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Except folks like you Larry and Leno and a host of others...

Frank Ijeoma   March 25th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Turn-off your light for one hour on saturday around the world!!!!!!
Most of the 6billion people on earth has no electricity that last upto one hour everyday. Check the world Bank report on rural electrification in developing countries.Look at the continent of Africa .We can save the planet when most of the world population have better quality of life atleast basic needs of life-good healthcare,good drinking water, good education, free from war and distruction etc, etc

Martin   March 25th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

You asked if I would travel into Mexico,
I am Hispanic and was born in the US, live in El Paso,TX
I go to Villa Ahumada,Chihuahua MX every two weeks.
Every day over 13000 people travel between El Paso and Jrz MX.
with no problems. I know this for a fact and the lines to cross back into the US are anywhere from two to four hour waits.

danny rodriguez   March 25th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

i believe in order to slow down dramatically the violence along the border and the activity of the drug cartels is by combating the manufacturing of the drugs, rather than just combat the distribution.

Sally Harris`   March 25th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Please help those in parts of Mexico where terror, killings and kidnappings are NOT occuring. Blanketing the entire country of Mexico is hurting those people who are not in the line of fire. The State of Jalisco is a safe place for tourists and US citizens are canceling their trips for no reason. This in turn hurts business for those of us that know it is a safe place to travel....from Guadalajara to the beautiful beaches of Puerto Vallarta.

During the Watts riots we would not have wanted England to ban travel to the USA because of Watts in LA, Bowling Green, Sniper in DC, Chicago riots etc etc. PLEASE HELP THOSE PEOPLE WHO'S LIVELIHOOD DEPENDS ON USA TOURISM....whether it's the travel business in the States or the innocent people in Mexico waiting for the tourist to arrive.

MEXICO is a BIG COUNTRY and not ever city is affected.
Thank you very much, Sally Harris, Dallas, TX

Margarita   March 25th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

As I understand from the panelists on the show, all opinions and ideas are being presented as if they have just realized this HUGE problem we have with our next door neighbors. They seem to just have theoretical ideas on how to "solve" or "take care of" this situation. We must wake up, as we already have US citizens being victims of this situation...

How is the Batista case being handled? Have there been any efforts by the government to learn about his whereabouts and get him back to the US? How is this family being helped by the government? None of this information was commented on.

His sister mentioned 106 days without any news, communication or information – why has this case not being aggresively exposed by the media and attentively persued by agencies that are in the position to help and to find answers for families such as the Batistas? Since when have 100 days of silence been ok for a US citizen who have been abducted in another country? This is both unacceptable and unbelievable!

How come this issue is being cut short in the show to talk about earth hour?! Violence, crime and corruption in Mexico and the repercutions it could have in our nation are far more urgent than "being green" at this moment. Why do we have to wait for tragedy and doom to reach us in order to get a massive reaction? As honorable and necessary as being earth-concious is, the threat that Mexico represents to us is imminent and critical! Where is Mr Batista?!!!

US citizens should be warned more aggresively NOT to visit Mexico, not for work as Mr. Batista did, not as turists. Obviously the government needs to be actively involved, because the situation is so dangerous and scary, that victim's families have very limited resources to try to get answers and effective results. I can only imagine how desperate this family must be! We must protect US citizens, we must bring back Felix Batista, we must set a precedent in Mexico that the lives of US citizens are to be respected and we must do this urgently. We cannot allow the violence and corruption to cross the border.

Mariea   March 25th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

I don't think that they should police or arrest any of the Mexican drug dealers. Any police that are not on the take, should develop a sting operation. They could follow the drugs and see where they lead then arrest the people buying the drugs and conditionally revoke their citizenship and deport them to Mexico. This takes away the "insatiable yearnings" that is causing the problem, cleans out the rehab places, and gives the drug addicts more of an insentive for kicking the habbit.

Wynanda Jacoby   March 26th, 2009 12:23 am ET

Give a BRAVO to Mrs Clinton for saying the TRUTH about the wars and the cause being US drugusers. We all know this but nobody least of all journalists and guest show hosts dare to say it. Most likely all your famous guests are users??!! Send them all to Afghanistan and Mexico as a detox treatment far more effective than the luxurious treatment centers. Those centers are costly and not effective because the users are treated like delicate beings when in fact they are weak individuals that need a bit of reality. Teen Assissins send them AND their parents to the frontlines keep the soldiers fopr important work. Never mind the global warming the drugs will kill all of us eventually physically /and/or mentally. Brav Hillary Clinton for seeing it as it is and sayiong it

Gustavo Ramirez   March 26th, 2009 12:24 am ET

The war on the Drug Cartels will get no where fighting it on the streets. The true danger lies within the corruption of the individuals holding top government positions. President Calderon himself I believe is in denial that the majority of Mexico's government officials are on the Multi million dollar pay rolls of the Mexican Drug a cartels. It is hopeless. I wouldnt be suprised if Calderon's right hand man is alligned with the cartels.

Brenda   March 26th, 2009 12:25 am ET

We as US citizens must be concerned and vigilant. I teach in a primarily Mexican community. While these people are wonderful people, the harsh reality of it spilling over into our country is very real. One of my students' fathers had his throat slit in Tijuana. This man's friend had his hands tied behind him and a hose was thrust down his throat and he was filled with water and killed as was his son. These deceased men were involved with the "wrong" people. So the son, my student, of course, has no father and is very seriously pursuing his education in this country.
I feel we're all in this together...the US and the Mexicans as well..we've got to solve the problem for future generations. I was even afraid for Hillary to get off that plane. It is a very dangerous place. I've been in parts of Mexico but at this time have no desire to go down there. Hopefully in the future I'll change my mind. I just hope and pray this horrific problem will be resolved. I'm afraid for Anderson to be there as well...

Stephen Austin   March 26th, 2009 12:32 am ET

Larry. Tancredo refuses to acknowledge the fault of the US in this mess. His attitude is is total denial. Putting troops on the border will be useless. As long as there is a massive market in the US, there will be violence. The US has its head stuck in the ground regarding drug use.

Shawn Thompson   March 26th, 2009 12:33 am ET

Today I drove from El Paso to Odessa TX and went through the Border patrol check point station which is about 60 miles East of El Paso and every car was getting waved through; in front of me was an RV with out of state plates that got waved right through the station. I don't understand why they don’t check suspicious vehicles and another point, with things being as bad as they are why don’t we search every vehicles going to and from Mexico. Wouldn’t that ensure that more illegal things are caught? I don’t believe our government is doing enough to stop the traffic of illegal drugs coming into America or guns and money leaving America. Going through the check point tonight prove that to me.

peggy davis   March 26th, 2009 12:35 am ET

I live on the Del Rio, TX – US/MX border. Last week I went to Acuna to purchase medication. I have gone to Acuna, Coahuila, Mexico all my life. There were no tourists on the streets in the tourista area. When I came back home, I found out a few days later three people in the drug trade were killed in Acuna. This is never reported in our local paper. The info came from a member in law enforcement. I agree with one of the guests, there is greed and mordido from the top even in the US government.

Bill Cuccia   March 26th, 2009 12:59 am ET

Millions of Americans think it's sexy and exciting to snort a little cocaine on the weekend. They bust their ass all week slaving for the boss and on Sat nite they puff a little weed and drink some beer and hope a little coke will get their girl to feel sexy. But hell no says the church, pharm cos, etc. God forbid you party. Well guess what ,as long as there is this mistique about pot and coke the country will suffer the effects of prohibition. All these dopes scrape up their last few diposable dollars and buy this crap and send billions of off the books cash down to Mexico and out of our starving economy. Pot can never be stopped ( you can grow your own)and if coke was legal meth would be useless. If pot and coke were legal most of all this expense to stop it and jail users would end. The gangs would dry up for the most part. Face it, as long as people will pay big money for coke it will keep coming, trying to win the war on drugs is futile. Heroine is another story however, it is used by fools who alow themselves to become slaves to criminals.

LeRoy Winkelman   March 26th, 2009 1:00 am ET

On your introductory question, "Would you travel to Mexico?" My answer is unequivocally yes. There is so much more to Mexico than Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana and Baja California Norte. I would like to point out that Mexico gets a bad rap constantly from some US news coverage. Do not forget that the country is a mix of many different cultures with a diversity of immigration that is similar to the US. I have been in Yucatan frequently, most recently last spring when my wife and I took a trip from Cancun to Merida to Campeche. My wife commented that she felt safer in Mexico than she did in St. Paul. She came home with a major fall injury and was extremely well cared for in Cancun.
The real question is why the news media never asked "Would you travel to Nicaragua or El Salvador?" in the 1980's. I am very assured by Sec'y of State Hillary Clinton's trip today. We need to keep our focus on how good the Mexican people are to foreigners. It is an outstanding country with really good local and federal police officers.
By the way, I have taken dozens of students for trips to the Yucatan Peninsula. No "incidents" to report, except for great Mayan ruins to visit.

CEB   March 26th, 2009 1:15 am ET

The crisis on the border is similar to the drug war era in the 1980’s in Colombia, South America. History repeating it self, just like the cycle of addiction. It is a combination of abject poverty, greed, exploitation that have caused this crisis.

The people in Mexico are too poor to turn drug money down or stand up to the dealers and the users in the US (not just American) are too high to stop using drugs. Treat the addicts, parents pay attention to your kids and if the use can be stemmed and lowered, I guarantee, they will take their product elsewhere. As we have recently learned in the US, it’s all about supply and demand… no matter what the product.

Arturo Gomez Tagle   March 26th, 2009 1:16 am ET

Hello Edward,

I was watching the Larry King show tonight about the War Next door and everything that you were saying was making a lot of sense, and I couldn’t agree with you more that the drug problem is a mutual problem and both countries have to fight it together… it is completely absurd that the drug problem is Mexico’s problem only… Americans are the number one consumer and the demand is huge so it is definitely a profitable business.

The one thing that completely turned this interview into a disaster were your last comments about not traveling to Mexico… you told the audience not to come to Mexico, not even in the resort towns… Are you aware of the potential impact of your last comments??? Were you pissed off at Tom and then without thinking you had to make those harsh comments about not traveling down here???

My family and I live in Mexico right now, in Puerto Vallarta to be specific. This is a tourist town and everyone that lives here makes their living off of tourism. I am an American and so is my wife and your last words of not traveling to Mexico went very very far… more than you can imagine… They will impact our income tremendously and if you want to help the “Latinos” and Hispanic population, PLEASE DO NOT tell Americans not to travel anywhere in Mexico. You have no idea how ignorant your comment came across and how damaging it was to this community as well as the other hundred communities that live off of tourism. We have been living here for many years and we live a nice and peaceful life with no violence and we are not exposed at all to the drug problem, in fact the only drug problem that we know about is when Americans come down here and want to buy it.

I am completely irate about your words, please think before saying anything on the subject and please tell Americans that it is OK to travel just to be careful and don’t do anything stupid while they are on vacation such as trying to buy cocaine or marijuana.

Please say something to apologize about the stupid and ignorant comment that you said on the Larry King show.

Arturo Gomez Tagle

CEB   March 26th, 2009 1:19 am ET

You have to remember that these guys are handling shipments for international cartels. They have people to answer to as well, NOT DEFENDING THEM!!! Just making sure everyone knows exactly where they are coming from. And explaining the reason why they are so adamant about getting their drugs into the US. Unfortunately, all roads lead to the US and right up addicts’ noses.

Secretary of State Clinton is right, the blame rests on our shoulders. We must treat addiction. We must remove the stigma attached to addition. It is in that stigma that the disease of addiction lives and thrives. I we can help addicts get out of the shadows of addiction and provide them the tools to combat cravings, we are doing our part in the drug war and in a much more peaceful and rewarding way.

While, there will be those that even with help will die from addiction, we should try to save those we can. I mean we are saving banks right now… why not people?

Jackie   March 26th, 2009 3:26 am ET

Dear Larry, Jesus-you and the rest of the north american media need to quit this OVERHYPE of the problems at the BORDER TOWNS. I have friends and family that reside in Mexico and they are wondering why so much overkill on these isolated situations?!?! does the American tourist industry have something to do with this? We're broke so let's take advantage of this situation to KEEP PEOPLE HOME? Not a single incident has occured in any tourist areas nor in most of the country. And any of you spring breakers whom are AFRAID go to mexico and want to go to boring old Palm Springs well then GOOD!!!
You people are dicusting and obnoxious and conduct yourselves like wild animals in heat. You are an embarrassment to the rest of us civilized Americans. Yes please stay home so the rest of us will enjoy ourselves in Mexico without you and your loud, drunken and disrespectful classmates. Why don't you travel to Isreal where all of a sudden it's considered safe and tavel worthy. Hmmmm.

ed,vancouver canada   March 26th, 2009 3:31 am ET

people are doing drugs because they lost money in the 401k and stocks.
give people back their money and starve the derug deelers

the united states should clear 50 miles from the border and annhilate anyone that infiltrates.

how much of the drug money ends up in pakistan and afghanistan?
alot of it.
it is a big circle

Engineer in Mexico   March 26th, 2009 3:44 am ET

If we legalize marijuana in the USA we will significantly reduce the power of the cartels and it will cost less money than border control that does not work anyway. It will also open up space in prisons for others. This would be a great thing for the Obama group as they can actually get taxes from the sales. As long as there is significant money to be made....people will kill and be killed. Help reduce the violence in Mexico and the USA...legalize pot. ...and no I do not smoke pot. Read the history books about the gangsters during prohibition...why give the cartels a reason to be?

Julia   March 26th, 2009 3:48 am ET

As an American living in Mexico, I find the area south of Tijuana to be very serene and secure. The Army is doing everything they can to help stop the movement of drugs and arms. I applaud Clinton's and Obama's efforts to assist Mexico in this war. Americans need to realize that the market for drugs and the easy acquisition of arms in the U.S. is fueling this conflict. Americans also need to realize that the Mexican people themselves need support to stem the tide of violence and not live in fear of reporting crimes of violence or reporting dealers pushing drugs on their children. When the citizens of Mexico find the courage, much like the citizens of Chicago during Capone's era, to stand up and say "bastante!" to the cartels and elected officials, then we'll see a major breakthrough in this "War Next Door".

World citizen   March 26th, 2009 6:27 am ET

No need to beef up security at the border if the WEAPONS sales to Mexicans stop. Duhhhh!

Alba   March 26th, 2009 8:10 am ET

It is good some effort to support something to reduce the market of drugs and to prevent crimes not only in Mexico but all over the world.

Joann   March 26th, 2009 9:53 am ET

For the individual who posted about bringing guns into Mexico by Port (boat). Boat Captains can and do bring guns into Mexican waters and ports every day....the difference is they are legal guns, with legal registrations, declared to the Mexican authorities legally, and this goes on every day. Boat Captains travel the seas where there are pirates and terrorists, and have to have means of protection for their vessels and their persons. I can't say I've heard of any piracy in the Gulf of Mexico waters....and this is the reason......they carry protection.....LEGALLY. John Peerson did not take weapons into Mexico illegally. He did the same exact thing all other boat captains do, going into the same port, day after day.

Frank for AIG   March 26th, 2009 6:16 pm ET

Alcohol and ciggs are legal. The biggest drugs in the world. Time to legalize most drugs as being illegal not a solution anyway. users will be users. Take the criminal element out of the drug trade. That is how the Kennedys’ made their money (while Joe was a boot-legger)!

Ant   March 26th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

This problem we are having with the Mexican drug cartels is just a symptom of the real problem. We need to address the underlying cause of problems like this which is prohibition. All we are doing by making them illegal is giving artificial value to substances that are cheep and easy to produce making them worth killing for. Why give up any chance at real regulation and give criminals all this money by making these substances illegal? People are going to want to use drugs. Educate them however you want get them treatment if they need it, but there is nothing anyone can do to reduce the demand for drugs short of fixing all the problems of society. We need to stop trying to make policies for an idealistic world and start making them for the one we live in. End Drug Prohibition.

james   March 26th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

the problem is not marijuana. it's a methamphetamine drug called "ice" or "crank" which is mass produced in mexico. pot is just a cover for the real menace to america, "Crystal Meth". if nothing is done about the meth problem is america then just kiss your kids goodbye. the devil will be here to take them.

Noel Day   March 26th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

How come I have not heard anyone make the obvious similarity between alcohol prohibition in the past and pot prohibition and the violence in Mexico, the war on drugs is a farce, people will never stop smoking cannabis, people have been doing it for thousands of years, so the real question is who will regulate it and who will profit from it, the criminals or the government, I vote for the government to take control, what do you think? Sincerly, Noel

apostle gary savage   March 26th, 2009 11:46 pm ET

Noel Day, you have no idea what the street drugs do to the human soul concerning immoral acts.

You can believe this Noel Day, if I could become president of the united states, I would end all drug problems and yes alcohol, cannabis, and anything that is not good for the human spirit that Jesus talked about.

apostle gary savage "google search" this name and you will read more about the future of this country and maybe the world, we will see.

George   March 27th, 2009 12:56 am ET

Just do me one favor, ask what is the PGR Departamento de bienes decomisados de la nacion and who runs this part of the goberment, and who has run it in the past, a lot of the answers you're looking for are rigth there, all the corruption the govermente have with the drug cartel

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