The Persistent U.S. Assault to Takeover and Control Mexico

By Luis Javier Garrido
Monday, October 10, 2011

● note: The following commentary is from the Mexico City newspaper La Jornada, a left-leaning daily that some claim is Mexico’s only independent newspaper. The references to 2012 prefigure next year’s presidential elections.

The increase in official violence is now feed by the decision of the PAN [National Action Party], looking ahead to 2012, to hand over control of Mexico’s coasts to agencies of the United States.

1. The Calderón government is launching a new escalation of violence in order to create better conditions for Washington’s continued takeover of Mexican territory – this time on the coasts, and to carry to the extreme a climate of fear in 2012, yet precisely because of the surrender that it has been making to the U.S. government of functions of the Mexican state, and because of its criminal responsibility in the mass introduction of weapons into Mexico, the creation of paramilitary groups and death of thousands of Mexicans, Felipe Calderon is operating with a deep lack of security and nervousness has taken control of his spokespersons.

2. The mass introduction of thousands of U.S. arms for paramilitaries, criminal groups and drug traffickers, as a way to carry violence to the extreme in our country, accelerating social breakdown and justifying the meddling of Washington, was agreed upon in 2006 by Calderon with the Bush administration, with the hope of keeping this information in the dark. But when, by chance, the Fast and Furious operation was discovered in early March of this year, and Attorney General Eric Holder said on the 10th of that month that Calderón knew everything, both governments became entangled in a series of absurd lies with the hope of hiding what they had jointly agreed to do, which now seems to be happening again with the public disclosure, on October 4, that between 2006 and 2007 operation Wide Receiver, with similar traits, was carried out.

3. The creation of paramilitary groups by the Calderón government, and fear of this reality becoming known, has increased the perplexity of those who claim to be governing the country. The 21st century Mexican paramilitaries, created by the current authorities, and trained by the armed forces following the Colombian model, over the past four years have been a prime element of the “war against narco” – which in reality is a dirty war against Mexico and Mexicans – to eliminate opponents, to terrorize the public with daily scenes of horror, to intensify the irrational violence, and to rearrange drug trafficking in agreement with the interests of Washington. Most of the executions and barbarous acts of these months have been caused by these groups, which are part of the state, although they may be attached to the vague notion of organized crime. Thus the irritation of Calderon’s spokespersons who say again and again: there are no paramilitaries.

4. Where then are the limits of the State? And those of organized crime? In the PAN model of State and organized crime, are not they two heads of the same coin?

5. The declarative mess of the [Secretary of Government, or Interior], Francisco Blake, and a spokeswoman for Los Pinos, Alejandra Sota, who on more than ten occasions have repeated that paramilitaries do not exist, confirms the PAN confusion between public (the State) and private (the cartels), which to them seems to be the reverse. Since Sota denied their existence on September 27, as Blake would do the next day and she would confirm on the 29th, until the signing of the pacts in Veracruz and Guerrero, the press has documented the existence of these groups, in particular “the matazetas,” who have assumed the lead role in Veracruz (and, as if that were not enough, on behalf of the government itself). [As well, the matazetas] role was discussed in the U.S. Congress on September 30, and they appeared on the cover of [the October 2, 2011 weekly magazine] Proceso.

6. The claim made ​​on October 1st by Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican presidential candidate hopeful for 2012, in the sense that to reach the White House he would send troops to Mexico, does little more than reflect a growing sentiment in the U.S. that has been forged by the anti-national policies of Calderon. Hence the shameful explanation of Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, who instead of a big patriotic repudiation nonsensically limited himself to say that the measure was not on the table, that is to say it had not even been discussed.

7. The Obama administration’s decision to increase its camouflaged presence in Mexico was however made clear by former drug czar General Barry McCaffrey, in an interview with El Universal (October 5), in which he affirmed that [“this war is not over drugs, it is a war over governance, and who will govern Mexico: an elective democratic political system or these terrible, cruel drug trafficking organizations … (that) are the greatest criminal threat to the United States … (since) they have become’ – El Universal, ibid.] the major organized crime entity in more than 2,080 U.S. cities,” where, he added, they are recruiting young people from your country, so the problem lies not only on the northern border but too on the Mexican coasts and the southern border, compelling Washington to [give] Mexico more than US$1.3 billion in the past three years, whereas they are giving Afghanistan US$10 billion a month.

8. The new escalation of violence enacted by Washington began with autumn in Veracruz, based on the outline of recent years: the paramilitaries increased their activities, the most shocking having been the dumping of 35 bodies in Boca del Rio on September 20, and within a few days a climate of unusual violence was established. In the midst of growing dismay, the Calderon authorities indirectly blamed the local government’s ineptitude in order to keep it from signing an unusual solemn act on October 4, where the secretaries of Government/Interior, Defense, Navy, and National Security [signed] an agreement framed in the operation Safe Veracruz – that is in violation of state and municipal autonomy, subordinating municipal and state police to the federal agencies (in turn subordinated to U.S. agencies), which was not very difficult to reach with the [state] government of PRI Governor Javier Duarte, an admirer like Calderon of Spanish Francoism, and that as expected has given control of the operations to the Mexican Navy (Milenio Diario, October 5), the force that is most subservient to U.S. agencies.

9. The troops of Winfield Scott landed in Veracruz in 1847 in order to march on the capital, in 1914 another landing of Marines at the port sought to slowdown the revolutionary changes, and now the means for Washington to control the Mexican coasts are being opened there. The selection of Veracruz is not therefore by chance, since it responds to the implicit scheme in the Merida Initiative, which General McCaffrey mentioned. The U.S. wants full control of the Mexican coasts, and so there are no doubts on Thursday, October 6, a similar operation was announced in Guerrero [on the Pacific coast].

10. The assault of the ultra-right PAN on power in Mexico has meant a bloodbath for Mexico and the surrender of the country to the United States, all in the name of unjust neoliberal capitalism, which is why the hue and cry of Enough must be continued more and more for an unprecedented mobilization.


“El Asalto,” by Luis Javier Garrido, La Jornada, Oct. 7, 2011; edited translation by

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