Monday, March 27, 2023

Cartels, a civilian threat, not terrorists: John Bolton, former Trump adviser

CDMX.- For John Bolton, former Security Advisor to the Donald Trump administration, Drug cartels represent a “civilian threat,” not terrorists, as Republican lawmakers have repeatedly called them.

In an interview this week on “Morning in America,” Bolton expressed his disagreement with the GOP proposal and warned that the problems related to it will not be resolved.

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Although he declared this The power of these criminal organizations, from Mexico and Colombia, should not be underestimated. because they have recovered.

She also told us that “we are very worried about the Trump administration” on the national security of the US.

They are not like Hamas or Hezbollah. Another threat is a serious problem. As I say, we are not underestimating at all, but I think that rhetorical tricks (such as banning those terrorists) do not help to promote politics,” he said.

Tensions rose this week between the United States and Mexico after the kidnapping of four Americans and the murder of two of them in Matamoros, Tamaulipas at the hands of criminal groups.

The problem has been added to the conflict against fentanyl, a drug that is already considered a “pest” in the United States, since between 2021 107,000 people have died from overdoses.

Bolton explained that terrorist groups and drug cartels are different problems and therefore require different responses by “which I think are all the same,” you only run the risk of confusion.

‘No military action is necessary’

Trump’s former security adviser also believed that it was not necessary to carry out a military intervention by the US in Mexican territory to fight the drug cartels, as also suggested by some members of the Republican party.

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In this regard, he added that governments should work together to address the problem.

“We are not interested in attacking the Mexican government. There are drug cartels that violate their rule and our behavior.

“So cooperating and this could mean a joint military operation”surely joint operation of the law makes sense for both of us”.

As an example, he gave “to work with Mexico as before the United States of America, to increase its forces to destroy the cartel”.


During the week; Republicans have pressured the country’s government to take tougher action against pure drug trafficking organizations which happened after Tamaulipas.

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Yes President Andrés Manuel López Obrador answered them in the morning about the proposal to send the military to Mexico and the “attempted intervention”.

“Mexico will be saved, we are not a protectorate of the US, nor a colony. (…) We do not take orders from anyone”.he said

He also warned that if no change is reported in Mexico, there will be a campaign in the US state so that Mexicans and Latinos will not vote for any representative of the Republican party.

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