Perry suggests sending U.S. troops to Mexico to fight drug war

The Dallas Morning News, 10/1/11

Gov. Rick Perry suggested Saturday that Mexico’s raging drug war requires deployment of U.S. troops to Mexico — an idea that would offend Mexican sensibilities, though Perry couched the idea only in the context of cooperation.

“It may require our military, in Mexico, working in concert with them, to kill these drug cartels and to keep them off our border and to destroy their networks. It is very important for us to work with them to keep that country from failing,” he said during a stop in Manchester.

Mexicans, recalling the Mexican-American War, have long cast a wary eye northward. The public, and much of officialdom, resists anything that smacks of an armed incursion.

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