Exclusive: Obama's Dog and Pony Show in Mexico
by JIM KOURI, CPP
April 18, 2009
During his first visit to Mexico, President Barack Obama is not expected to address the burning issue of illegal aliens and immigration, but he will push the U.S. Senate to ratify a Latin American arms trafficking treaty.
The controversial treaty was originally signed by then-President Bill Clinton in 1997 but was not ratified by the Republican-led Senate.
According to White House officials, the arms trafficking treaty would help to curtail guns and ammo trafficking that allegedly threatens regional security.
American gun-control advocates claim that Obama's compliance with President Calderon's wishes to have the treaty ratified is meant to prove that the U.S. is serious about confronting a security threat on its doorstep.
"This is a symbolic remedy to a very real problem. While they talk about guns and how to control guns, I'm not hearing much about illegal aliens – especially criminal aliens – pouring into the U.S.," said political strategist Mike Baker.
The Obama visit to Mexico is being touted by the White House and their news media supporters as the President confronting a national security threat on America's own doorstep. But rather than confronting the real threats to the American people – criminal aliens, Mexican gangs and violence, etc. – President Obama is accused by some of using the fear being generated in U.S. border states to backdoor what looks to be his true agenda: disarming American citizens.
While visiting Mexico City on Thursday, Obama emphasized U.S.-Mexico cooperation, but the White House released agenda highlights the fact that most of the focus will be on environmental issues, such as clean energy, and the current economic crisis.
The long-ignored drug-related violence in Mexico is now spilling into the U.S. Mexico is the primary supplier of cocaine, methamphetamine and other drugs entering the U.S. On the other hand, in order to placate the Mexican government, Obama and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have often blamed the United States for supplying the guns used in Mexico's drug-related killings. However, neither the White House nor the State Department have supplied the statistics to backup their allegation.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said during a press conference that consultations with Mexico are "not about pointing fingers, it's about solving a problem: What can we do to prevent the flow of guns and cash south that fuel these cartels?"
On the Mexican side of the border, nearly 10,500 people have been killed. The majority of these killings are drug-related. The State Department says contract killings and kidnappings on U.S. soil, carried out by Mexican drug cartels, are on the rise too.
While many observers agree that the violence in Mexico is an important issue, they are not happy with the overall agenda of the Obama Administration and both houses of the U.S. Congress.
"Rather than deal with the problem of illegal aliens – many with criminal records – entering the U.S., Obama and his minions are worried about contraband being smuggled from the U.S. into Mexico," said Mike Baker.
"[Secretary] Hillary Clinton claimed that 95% of the weapons being used by the drug gangs were obtained from the U.S., but I haven't seen one iota of evidence to backup that claim," Baker added.