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Trump Designating Drug Cartels as Terrorist Organization Is Aimed Against Mexican President

U.S. Orchestrates Mounting Pressure Against Patriotic Socialist Obrador

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by Paul Antonopoulos, Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies…

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a patriotic socialist, in his first year of government rejected a war against the powerful narcotic cartels. However, he now faces a dilemma in the face of Washington’s intentions to label the cartels as “terrorist” organizations. Obrador instead of taking the fight to the cartels, had chosen to focus his efforts on implementing his strategy, based on persuasion rather than confrontation, despite the high political cost.

On November 26, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he intends to designate international drug cartels as terrorist organizations. This is highly problematic as the decision could give Trump, at least within the U.S. political structure, the legal tools to fight the narcotic cartels within Mexican territory without the Latin American country’s permission. Obrador must now consider the cost of his relations with the U.S., a policy that has been based on mutual respect, despite some differences and México’s increasing relations with China and Russia.

The Mexican president said that he is open to seek concerted action, but stressed that he accepts “cooperation yes, intervention no.” For his part, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard proposed a “national unity diplomacy to defend sovereignty.”

Trump’s announcement was forced by a request from the Mexican-American family LeBarón, the victims of the dreadful slaughter of nine of its family members, three women and six children, on November 4 by a narcotic cartel. The incident occurred after an ambush in a remote mountainous region of the Mexican state of Sonora on the U.S. border where the family had been living for several decades. The leaders of the Mormon fundamentalist family demanded Washington to fight against the narcotic cartels with the same mechanisms used to “justify” the illegal invasions and interventions in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, as these groups kill thousands every year through murder, assassinations and drug deaths.

But the murder of the LeBarón family members is just one of the multiple cases of killings in México during the first year of Obrador’s government, who is attempting to resolve the issue with the cartels through peaceful means. According to official figures, Obrador inherited a country where more than 32,000 were killed or missing.

The cost of this security strategy has been to generate a citizen perception of radicalization of violence that puts it at stake. The actions of the government to strengthen the justice system, create a National Guard integrated with the military, social measures to prevent drug use and deter young people from joining criminal gangs should produce results, but will Trump wait?

Trump has added to this internal pressure as he has essentially asked Obrador to let the U.S clear the area of criminal cartels. However, one should question why he does not focus on drug trafficking within his own country, like that structured and organized by the CIA? The president of the Mexican Senate and member of the movement that brought López Obrador to power, Mónica Fernández, said Trump needs to respect Mexican sovereignty.

“We are not going to participate or tolerate any kind of interference,” she warned.

Foreign Minister Ebrard argued that qualifying the cartels as terrorist groups “lacks sustenance” and would not contribute to solving the violence. However, lobbying with the White House resulted in a “high-level meeting soon.”

The LeBarón family published a letter thanking Trump for his intention to fight drug trafficking and rejected accusations for calling for a “foreign intervention,” something that has brought the wrath of the majority of Mexicans, who accused them of being traitors.

As explained by Japan Times, any hint of U.S. intervention, military or otherwise, is an instant insult to national pride in México, which still resents losing more than half of its territory to the United States in 1848 after the Mexican-American War — just one on a long list of grievances.

“México’s national history is constructed upon the reference point of an expanding, domineering, imposing, imperious United States,” explained Carlos Rodriguez Ulloa of Mexican security think tank CASEDE.

The question then is, why has Trump decided to label the Mexican cartels as a terrorist organization instead of criminal/mafia organization?

Obrador, who completes his first year as president on December 1, has been a leading patriotic socialist figure in Latin America, vehemently defending Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, while opposing the coup in Bolivia. He can be considered a leading figure in the return of the Pink Tide to Latin America that was briefly interrupted by the Blue Tide/Conservative Wave.

Therefore, with outrage in the U.S. against the shocking slaughter of LeBarón family members, Trump has created a justification within the public’s eyes to intervene freely in México under the guise of fighting terrorists. As seen in Syria and Afghanistan, anytime the U.S. “fights against” terrorists, it just exacerbates the violence and instability. As Obrador is a threat to U.S. hegemony in Latin America and is strengthening his country’s ties with Russia and China, he is at great risk of being deposed, just as Evo Morales was recently in Bolivia.

It remains to be seen how the international community will respond to any U.S. intervention in México, but it can be expected that it will receive widespread condemnation, especially from Russia and China who consistently maintain a policy of non-interference, unless with permission from the sovereign government, just as Russia’s intervention in Syria demonstrates. Rather, the cartels designation as a terrorist organization is a means for the U.S. to pressure Obrador against his efforts of bringing sovereignty and independent decision making across Latin America. We can only wait and see how far Trump will escalate the situation in México.

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Trump’s base is going to be very supportive of this move by Trump, since they hate the cartels and completely ignore CIA involvement in keeping the drug and weapons trade up.
The Mexican president de facto can’t do anything in case the US wants to cross the border with military units, and the international community will largely ignore the issue, while the mainstream press will focus on the sins of the cartels only.

John Ellis
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COME OUT OF DARKNESS
Come out of the illusion that Trump’s base cannot possibly be the 25% most wealthy. For the rich keep the laboring-class enslaved as the 50% working-poor, all to make it pain unbearable for them to vote for their next set of dictators. All to guarantee that the 25% most wealthy will be the voting majority and win all election.
For if Bernie Sanders does not win the White House he is an honest man,
if he wins, surely he is just another paid actor President.

oldandjaded
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oldandjaded

Dead on

oldandjaded
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oldandjaded

Just want to be clear here, the “dead-on” comment was in response to Prussian Prince, NOT John Ellis!!!

John Ellis
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John Ellis

This is true and Trump’s “basket of deplorables” know full well that it be true.
For they are the 25% most wealth who hoard 75% of the wealth and 100% of
the political power. For they hired Reality Star Trump to go to the extreme as
a last ditch effort to save Empire USA from expiring in a convulsion.

John Ellis
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TEST — DO YOU KNOW TRUTH?
The rich have the greatest motivation to vote,
the 50% working-poor every motivation not to vote,
and that is why the 25% most wealthy win all elections.
Yes___ No___

oldandjaded
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oldandjaded

I have been saying for some time that any Prime Minister that doesn’t institute a nuclear weapons program in Canada is a traitor to our nation. This removes all question of the necessity of this, if the US will attempt regime change in Mexico, they will attempt it in Canada.

Helga I. Fellay
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Re: “Trump’s announcement was forced by a request from the Mexican-American family LeBarón, the victims of the dreadful slaughter of nine of its family members, three women and six children, on November 4 by a narcotic cartel.” I wonder if the US will use the request by the LeBaron family as a pretext for a regime change coup against Mexico. If you google the family, you will find out that this would be a very foolish pretext for another coup. “Ervil Morrell LeBaron (February 22, 1925 – August 15, 1981) was the leader of a polygamous Mormon fundamentalist group who… Read more »

Helga I. Fellay
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Helga I. Fellay

“Over the years, members of the extended LeBaron family have spread throughout northern Mexico as well as into Arizona and Utah, according to Matthew Bowman, a historian and author of “The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith.” Download the NBC News app for breaking news The family has had a sordid history, Bowman said. Its founder’s sons fell victim to infighting. One, Ervil LeBaron, formed his own church that took on a cult following, said Anna LeBaron, who was one of Ervil’s 51 children with 13 wives. She was born at the LeBaron colony and escaped her father’s… Read more »

Paul Glumaz
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It is interesting that the Duran is now supporting the Mexican drug cartels. Quite the opposite, Trump will work with the AMLO to begin taking down the Mexican Drug Cartels, that is if he is not removed first by the pro-drug banker establishment behind the coup attempt on Trump, for example George Soros. Trump has to. Neither the U.S. or Mexico will survive otherwise. The Mexican drug cartels, as the Duran fully knows, heavily financed the Obama political campaigns in exchange for the arms and support they needed to take over most of Mexico. The Duran knows this. I hope… Read more »

oldandjaded
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oldandjaded

Interesting take, and if it is correct, this move is consistent with Trumps stated long-term goals. If its not, and its actually a thinly disguised attempt to pull off a coup against the Mexican socialist president (which is COMPLETELY consistent with current US foreign policy in South America) then it means that Trump has essentially been lying about his commitment to the Westphalian model that is the reason virtually all of those outside the right-wing racist peanut gallery supported him. It will be very telling to see what happens next. Honestly, I should have been able to see Paul’s version… Read more »

Paul Martin
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Personally, I believe this is a military led and planned takeBACK of the US (which prevents the takeOVER by the NWO cabal) and its re-establishment as a constitutional republic. I’ve heard it said (from ex-military intel) that, because the men and women in the military are sworn to serve and protect their fellow countrymen and the US Constitution — first and foremost — they will do so even if their immediate superiors direct them otherwise. And since the troops far outnumber the generals… In the American Revolution, the enemy was England, and was therefore both external as well as internal.… Read more »

oldandjaded
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oldandjaded

Pure fantasy.

Paul Martin
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Paul Martin

Whatever’s easy for you. Opinions are the easiest things in the world, as opposed to having knowledge. Much harder is paying diligent attention to know when you have (not all but) enough facts that make sense. There will always be dots that can’t easily be connected to others, but they don’t go away either…

Paul Glumaz
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Paul Glumaz

Well put. The ambiguity here is that Trump does not represent his government and the government does not represent Trump. Most of what Trump is doing in actuality is with non-governmental private backchannels. Plus there is an insurrection inside the government permanent bureaucracy against the Trump. The British Lord’s report has made clear, that Trump can be contained for now, but not in a second term.

oldandjaded
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oldandjaded

Welcome to Oceania…

oldandjaded
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oldandjaded

this story is in fact fake news. Theres no truth behind it, didn’t happen.

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