Let's be real about it all politics aside. First, there is no money to be gained from stopping them. Second, many argue the war on drugs is worthless.
Bringing politics into this.
Our current administration doesn't care about it because it affects the Left's voting base. Believe it or not there is a happy medium there. They get in and utlimately they do little to interfere with the politics.
Where is the greatest use of drugs and money available? The US. What funds these terrorist organizations? A lot of it being drug money. They openly grow a lot of drug producing plants in the middle east. Moving that over seas to South America, or assisting in protection of such crops is a strategic move that is beneficial for group, middle eastern terrorists or cartels.
Our border guards are under armed. They are few and far between.
You ask what are we doing now? I ask, what should we be doing? What happens in Mexico we can't readily control. Yet, even today Congress votes to use Drones in the US for whatever reason.
We are fighting enemies who respect no boundary or charter. We limit ourselves by laws, progressive thinking, narcissistic behavior as Americans.
Easily within our lifetime we will see the fall of America as a super power. We will become like Spain, France, Germany, or other European countries that from time to time suffer a significant (but less so than 9/11) terrorist attack. Days will turn to weeks and people will once again forget. We will continue to get spit on and slapped in the face, but the suits in Washington will remain untouched and in thei own little world. People will die, bureaucrats will be bureaucrats.
America will need to wake up. We are now too many to share the same dream. We have grown too large to maintain a common ground. Isn't this why all other super powers have failed? What makes us different...
I actually agree with a big part of that Riser, but the one part I don't is that we all don't share the same dream.
As far as I know, all those people coming over here from Mexico are chasing their own dream of trying to live, let live and be happy. That is fairly close to our "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." But like you said some, like myself, feel the drug war is a giant waste of time. If drugs as a whole were treated as a social one, not as a criminal one (the applies on the user level, not the distribution level) the whole way we approach this issue would be very different. The way we schedule our drugs speaks volumes, along with the whole scheduling system it's self, about the fact that bureaucrats are making the laws without having any type of real knowledge on the issue. Just consider that all schedule 1 drugs are considered to have "no medical purpose" and that is where marijuana is put, yet Cocaine, Heroin and Methamphetamine are all Schedule 2.
Now I want to say that I'm not an illegal immigrant sympathizer. I understand why they come over and I understand a lot of the politics on both sides of the border, but putting a wall in place isn't going to change anything, it's just going to keep out the wrong people anyway; the smuggling of persons and the kidnappings will still happen and we may not get as many illegals trying to make a better life, but we will get just as many foreign intelligence agents who are working for the cartels or worse.
The US can only hold so many people to maintain that life, libery, and pursuit thing. Too many people and those ideas start to degrade.
The "American" dream varies. Some people want healthcare, some people want better jobs, some people want to live off the government. The overall dream of wanting something better exists, sure, but it isn't the same. Some people will work hard and create something for themselves and for their family/kids. Others will be self centered and only do it for themselves and leave their family/kids to fend for themselves.
Look at the ghettos of the early 1900s compared to what we call ghettos today. What changed?
The point of the article is the whole "they are just coming here for a better life" line is a now a myth perpetrated by the media. That used to be the case 10,15, 20 years ago. However, at present with over 56,000 OTM's already captured, and only 1 in 10 actually being captured, the whole they just want a better life mantra we hear all the time is not the case. There are thousands and thousands of people pouring over our border that I would classify as combatants. They want to do this country harm, not live the "American Dream".
The media is not informing us of what is really going on. I saw the graphic images from that article. Heads, completely skinned, posted on the staunches in front of movie theatres. SUVs stuffed with body parts. Big coolers, filled with heads delivered via Fedex to police stations. This is not happening in central or sounthern Mexico, its right on our border. The stuff I saw was reall Hannibal Lecter type stuff. I mean, if a skinned heads were placed outside an American movie theatre there would a national manhunt for the killer. It's happening a stones throw away from American cities on the border.
You asked what I would do riser. After some thought, I think I would militarize the border. I would build a real border. Like the DMZ between the Koreas. Dont' care how much it cost. Get it done. Increase our border prescense by a factor of 10,000. Get rid of the stupid EPA rules not allowing border agents to enter federal wildlife refuges without permission. I'm sure there is more we can do.
I was searching last night for a post I had made many years ago. That section has long been removed.
I had posted added forward operating bases, much like what we have in Afghanistan and Iraq. The idea would be training our military, running patrols, and protecting the border. Adding a true military base wouldn't be strategic as they are too close to the border and would run the same risk that N/S Korea has - if war breaks out, the DMZ is all gone and everyone is dead.
The area is vast to cover. We are likely unable to control all of it, but we reduce the area to provide only holes and pockets. In time, that can eventually be controlled as well. I'd almost be willing to say that in much of the disputed areas to put a buffer zone, say whatever is a reasonable distance, 200-300 yards in uninhabited areas. No one should be in there. Much like when we put a fence on our property, you have to put it a foot or two inside your property and not directly on the property line.