Former AG Bill Barr Calls For Military Action Against Drug Cartels Inside Mexico’s Border
Former Attorney General Bill Barr is calling on President Biden to use military action to crack down on drug cartels in Mexico.
Barr, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published late last week, compared the Mexican drug cartels to ISIS and advocated for the United States military to take them on within Mexico’s border.
“These narco-terrorist groups are more like ISIS than like the American mafia,” he wrote. “Merely designating the cartels as terrorist groups will do nothing by itself. The real question is whether we are willing to go after them as we would a terrorist group.”
Barr argued in favor of a joint resolution brought forth by Representatives Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) and Michael Waltz (R-FL) that creates an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) which he says gives the president “authority to use the U.S. military against these cartels in Mexico.”
And, he added, the United States has the right to take military action whether or not Mexico participates or is on board with it.
“Under international law, a government has a duty to ensure that lawless groups don’t use its territory to carry out predations against its neighbors,” Barr said.
“If a government is unwilling or unable to do so, then the country being harmed has the right to take direct action to eliminate the threat, with or without the host country’s approval.”
Yeah… let’s do that! For once, I agree with Barr.
Ex-AG Bill Barr likens drug cartels to ISIS, he demands Biden send in the military. https://t.co/5BQNtyvw10
— CJ4America (@GrammyC4Zone) March 3, 2023
Bill Barr: Bomb the Drug Cartels in Mexico
What makes Bill Barr’s argument in support of military action against drug cartels in Mexico particularly enthralling is that former President Donald Trump reportedly inquired on at least two occasions about secretly bombing such illegal cartel drug labs and was widely ridiculed over the idea.
Former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, in his memoir A Sacred Oath, indicated Trump during his first term was keenly focused on the constant flow of drugs across the southern border from the drug cartels.
“They don’t have control of their own country,” Trump noted according to Esper’s account.
“We could just shoot some Patriot missiles and take out the labs, quietly,” Esper claimed Trump articulated. “No one would know it was us.”
That is essentially exactly what Barr is calling for right now.
“We can’t accept a failed narco-state on our border,” Barr stated, “providing sanctuary to narco-terrorist groups preying on the American people.”
NEW: Mark Esper recounts Trump asking the stunned SecDef if the government could fire missiles into Mexico and then pretend it wasn’t the US who did it in his new memoir https://t.co/eINzwh4gI4
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) May 5, 2022
MAGA Reps Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz Agree
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) expressed support for Bill Barr’s proposal for military intervention against Mexican drug cartels.
“We should strategically strike and take out the Mexican Cartels, not the Mexican government or their people, but the Mexican Cartels which control them all,” she tweeted. “They are international terrorists and criminals murdering Americans every day with drugs and crime!”
“Our military is competent and should take them out swiftly,” Greene added. “Make an example out of these monsters.”
Our military should be stationed at our southern border.
We should strategically strike and take out the Mexican Cartels, not the Mexican government or their people, but the Mexican Cartels which control them all.
They are international terrorists and criminals murdering… https://t.co/4ETBxyfXQs
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene?? (@RepMTG) March 6, 2023
Surprisingly, World War III advocate Adam Kinzinger opposed Greene’s argument saying she “didn’t think through anything” because such military action would require “intel” and “troops on the ground.”
There is no tactic Kinzinger isn’t willing to pursue in support of Ukraine, but draw the military in to defend America and he can’t stomach the thought.
And yet you wouldn’t oppose either if it involved Ukraine.
Always America Last, eh little guy?
— Rusty ?️ (@rustyweiss74) March 6, 2023
Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has also called for the United States back in September to start bombing the notorious Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico.
“Bomb Sinaloa,” he tweeted. “Not kidding.”
Bomb Sinaloa. Not kidding. https://t.co/xQnAsPeQQE
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) September 21, 2022
“Tens of thousands of Americans are poisoned by fentanyl over and over again in every community,” said Gaetz.
“Yet after a 20-year war in the Middle East, we seemingly clutch our pearls at the suggestion that we might think about dropping off a few Tomahawk missiles in the Sinaloa Mountains.”
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