The escalating brutality south of our border has now caught the attention of a branch of the Defense Department, if not our President.  The U.S. Joint Forces Command based in Norfolk, Va., has just completed an assessment of the world’s most significant security threats.  The intelligence report concludes: “two large and important states bear consideration for a rapid and sudden collapse: Pakistan and Mexico.”

If the Mexican government were to fail and collapse into chaos, it “could represent a homeland security problem of immense proportions to the Untied States.”  According to the report, Mexico’s “government, its politicians, police, and judicial infrastructure are all under sustained assault and pressure by criminal gangs and drug cartels.”

Former drug czar General Barry McCaffrey describes the situation: “The outgunned Mexican law enforcement authorities face armed criminal attacks from platoon-sized units employing night vision goggles, electronic intercept collection, encrypted communications, fairly sophisticated information operations, sea-going submersibles, helicopters and modern transport aviation, automatic weapons, RPG‘s, Anti-Tank 66 mm rockets, mines and booby traps, heavy machine guns, 50 cal sniper rifles, massive use of military hand grenades, and the most modern models of 40mm grenade machine guns.”

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