– Rick Perry says U.S. troops may needed in Mexico to fight war against drug cartels (Daily Mail, Oct. 2, 2011):
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has said that he is open to sending American troops to Mexico to help battle drug cartels.
Mr Perry, the Texas governor, likened the situation to Colombia, where the government accepted American military support in battling drug trafficking.
Mexico’s government, however, has been opposed to foreign forces in its territory.
Mr Perry said the current violence may require similar military action.
‘The way that we were able to stop the drug cartels in Colombia was with a coordinated effort,’ Mr Perry said.
‘It may require our military in Mexico working in concert with them to kill these drug cartels and to keep them off of our border and to destroy their networks.
‘I don’t know all the scenarios that are out there but I think it is very important that we work with them, to keep that country from failing.’
Mr Perry’s comments came at a Saturday afternoon reception at the home of New Hampshire Republican gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne.
Mr Perry often has called for more National Guard troops to help protect the Mexican border and stem the flow of illegal immigration.
But Saturday’s comments go further. They indicate he’s open to deepening America’s military involvement across the border.
A spokesman later clarified that Perry is open to all options to cooperate with Mexico.