Monday, October 22, 2012



Note: we can't make this stuff up. Maybe he should visit the
border here?
But then we all know the dog and pony shows for visiting dignitaries.

EU sees cartels to collapse
The violent reaction of the Mexican cartels to government pressure
indicates that these criminal groups are on the verge of collapse,
said Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Affairs
U.S., William Brownfield

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Sunday October 21, 2012 Wilson Vega "El Tiempo" (Colombia) | El

The backlash from the cartels in Mexico is an indication that they
are on the verge of collapse, believes William Brownfield, Assistant
Secretary of State for International Narcotics U.S., in an interview
with the newspaper El Tiempo in Colombia.

How do you see the situation in Mexico? Violence seems not letting
up ...

-Colombia is an example of successful efforts against the drug
industry, but a result of that success is the growth of the illegal
activity in Mexico. Four years ago we started a multinational effort
in Mexico, dominated by the Mexican government, and what do we see
today? In my opinion, we are seeing the beginning of the end with the
beheading of cartels and reducing its operating capacity. It's what
we saw in Colombia in the 80s and early 90s, when cartels felt
pressure from the authorities and their response was violence. What
we know today, we did not know then, is that this was the sign of an
organization to collapse. My theory is that this is what we see in
Mexico today.

Before coming to Colombia, Dominican Republic you visited there and
said the problem in the Caribbean region will worsen in the coming
months and years ...

This is the first year of intense activity in Central America and
that means that in a few years will feel the same pressure from the
authorities and will seek new routes. They have two options: the
Pacific, with sea lanes that are not very attractive, or return to
the Caribbean, where they were in the '80s.

"That's why I say that the Dominican Republic is the victim of
geography, if it was in the middle of the Pacific it would have no
problem. But they are in the middle of the Caribbean and the
likelihood is that we will see more traffic through that area, no
less. In my opinion, this crisis has not begun. "

What does Colombia to the U.S. anti-drug action in Central America?

My opinion is that the two governments to provide more support for
the eventual solution of the problems that plague Central America are
Colombia and the United States. For four years, the National Police,
and more recently the air force, navy and army Colombians have been
helping the countries of the region in their efforts to reduce
violence and restore internal security. The U.S. support is the
attempt to combine these efforts with our efforts to seek social and
economic development and create infrastructure in Central America.

There is talk of successes against drug trafficking, but Colombia
still produces 95% of the cocaine consumed in the United States.

Yes, Colombia still covers most of the cocaine market in the U.S.,
but the numbers are dramatically lower. In the last six or seven
years cocaine use in the U.S. has fallen by more than 40%. At the
time, cocaine production in Colombia has dropped more than 50%. So I
think it is a success for Colombia and the US.

Note: and then this:

Sunday October 21, 2012
Doris Gómora | The Universal
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In the absence of attack on the financial structure of the drug
cartels, they have not only not been weakened, but rather
consolidated, which is why in some areas of the country has seen a
reduction in violence, Edgardo Buscaglia agreed , principal
investigator of the University of Columbia, and independent
consultant Samuel Gonzalez, in separate interviews.

Buscaglia said different cartels, especially the Sinaloa, have been
consolidated in areas of the country where there has been less
violence as a result of the penetration they have achieved in the
municipal, state and the federal governments, and even now the
cartels, with no leaders, or some of them captured or killed, are
self-sufficient, as its financial structure remains untouched.

"Penetrate the state governments seeking to ensure peace mafia
economic returns. Until we attack the financial part of the cartels
in Mexico, Central and South America we can not observe this
collapse, "he said.

"As happened with Osama bin Laden who died and now he is no longer
operating, El Chapo Guzman is the same, and the thousands of areas
driving the other members of the managing organization. The criminal
enterprise continues to grow with or without El Chapo. "

Samuel Gonzalez said that the only way they can stop the cartels is
attacking its financial structure, as in Colombia where the Rodriguez
brothers, former leaders of the Cali cartel, ended when they were
lost more than 5 billion dollars.

"There have been changes, they have stuck, yes, but the Mexico
cartels are not stopped of damanged, simply because they have not
touched the money," he said.

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