Former U.S. attorney under former Republican President Donald Trump’s administration, William Barr, has said the U.S. military should be used against Mexican cartels, which are flooding the country with drugs like fentanyl.
It’s a proposal by Republican Representatives Dan Crenshaw of Texas and Michael Waltz of Florida that was introduced last January and went unnoticed, but has regained attention due to the drug trade.
In his Thursday column in The Wall Street Journal, Warr called the cartels narco-terrorists and likened them to the terrorist group ISIS.
Former U.S. Attorney General William Barr has said the U.S. military should be used against cartels in Mexico, which are flooding the country with drugs like fentanyl.
In his Thursday column in the Wall Street Journal, he called Mexican cartels narco-terrorists and compared them to the terrorist group ISIS.
“The Mexican cartels have flourished because the Mexican administrations did not want to confront them. The exception was President Felipe Calderón (2006-2012), who wanted to do everything against the cartels, but American priorities were elsewhere at the time.”
“Today, the main cartel facilitator is President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. In reality, AMLO is unwilling to take any action that seriously challenges the cartels. It protects them by constantly invoking Mexico’s sovereignty to prevent the United States from acting effectively,” he added.
He indicated that almost all illegal drugs entering the United States are controlled by the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) Cartel.
Barr noted that overdose deaths each year exceed the number of Americans killed in the bloodiest year of World War II.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), starting in 2014, more American drug addicts started using fentanyl because it is used as a quick and cheap equivalent to heroin.
In this regard, he said a more aggressive effort is needed in Mexico, including a large US intelligence and law enforcement presence, as well as selected military capabilities.
The Republican lawmakers’ resolution gives President Joe Biden the power to use the US military against these cartels outside of US soil.
“Allow the use of the United States Armed Forces against those responsible for trafficking fentanyl or a fentanyl-related substance into the United States or other related activities that cause regional destabilization in the Western Hemisphere”, indicates the document.
In October 2021, the New York Times revealed that according to officials who collaborated with former President Donald Trump, between 2016 and 2020 the former President of the United States would have thought of sending his country’s army to Mexico to “hunt” drug cartels.
In his State of the Union address in February, Biden revealed that there will be more drug detection machines, as well as more thorough screening of packages and shipments crossing the border, to prevent the passage of “powder and pills”. referring to other opioids.