We’re glad to see President Barack Obama is paying attention to the drug-related violence in Mexico occurring near the border with the United States, and has vowed to commit additional personnel and resources to the area.
But, as is typical of politicians, Obama wasn’t averse to glomming on to some of the efforts of his predecessor.
The president announced Tuesday that at least 450 more federal agents, plus drug-sniffing dogs, X-ray scanners and other resources will go to the U.S.-Mexico border to help the government of Mexican President Felipe Calderon fight drug cartels.
But, according to The Washington Post, most of the resources were actually approved by the Bush administration under an agreement with Mexico known as the Meridian Initiative.
Even so, there will be new efforts to stem the flow of weapons illegally moving from the United States to Mexico, and to track cross-border cash flow and identify money-laundering schemes.
Those efforts are definitely needed. It’s too bad Obama didn’t show the same interest in our relationship with Mexico when he signed a budget bill that ended a pilot program to allow a few Mexican trucks to operate in the United States. The result was a trade war in which Mexico imposed tariffs on a host of U.S.-made items. That may harm U.S.-Mexican relations far more than drug violence.