Think Tanks Want To Solve The Opioid Crisis With A Military Invasion Of Mexico…(Nope!…Invade The CIA!)

Thursday, July 20, 2017
By Paul Martin

By Isaac Davis
JULY 20, 2017

“Imagine how many lives we can save of those 500,000 Americans predicted to die because of Mexican opioids and meth. War with Mexico doesn’t sound so crazy anymore, does it?” ~Matt Mayer

To a hammer, every problem looks like a nail, and in the face of a deadly opioid epidemic, geopolitical think-tankers are now recommending a full-scale military invasion of Mexico.

Writing as a columnist for U.S. News and World Report, Matt Mayer recently penned a piece entitled, ‘To Solve the Opioid Crisis, Go to War: Is it so crazy to consider using military force against Mexican drug cartels?’ His argument is that by declaring war on Mexico’s drug cartels we can prevent the deaths of an estimated 500,000 Americans who are forecasted to die of opioid overdoses in coming years.

We will spend tens of billions of dollars on addiction treatment, overdose responses, law enforcement activities, criminal justice processes and the ancillary costs associated with caring for the children of those who die from overdoses. Regardless of how much we spend, if we cannot substantially reduce or stop the flow of opioids and other death drugs across our southern border (and to a lesser extent through our mail system via China), we will continue to see tens of thousands of Americans die each year due to opioid and meth overdoses, with enormous damage to their families and communities. ~Matt Mayer

Previously, Mayer was an official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and is a member of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank devoted to advocating the interests of the war industries. His train of thought on Mexico is to be expected from the think-tank culture which subtly manipulates American foreign policy in favor of the financial interests aligned with the manufacture and sale of war materials, i.e. the military industrial complex.

He elaborates:

This unfortunate reality raises a very uncomfortable question: Do we need to go to war with Mexico to ultimately win the war against opioids and other death drugs? By “go to war,” I mean a formal declaration of war by Congress against Mexico in which we use the full force of our military might to destroy the cartels, the poppy fields and all elements of the drug trade. Ideally, as our fight is not with the Mexican government, its military or its people, which try to weaken the cartels, we would try to partner with those entities against the cartels, much as we partnered with the South Vietnamese government and military against the Vietcong and the North Vietnamese Army.

Interestingly, Mayer cites the American strategy in Vietnam as an example of how this policy might look, yet he omits the fact that the U.S. lost the Vietnam war after a prolonged tragedy which killed millions of Vietnamese people and tens of thousands of Americans. Hardly a success story.

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