If Mexican drug violence spills across the U.S. border, Homeland Security officials say they have a contingency plan to assist border areas — including bringing in the military.
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who described the plan in an interview with The New York Times, said he ordered specific strategy to be drawn up this summer as violence in Mexico continued to escalate.
The soaring level of violence in Mexico resulting from the drug wars there has led the United States to develop plans for a “surge” of civilian and perhaps even military assistance from the Department of Defense, including aircraft, armored vehicles and special teams to go to areas overwhelmed with violence. should the bloodshed spread across the border, according to Chertoff. Mexico’s spiraling criminal activity has caused more than 5,300 deaths in the last year — 2008.
Chertoff said that he had advised Arizona’s outgoing Gov Janet Napolitano, nominated by President-elect Obama to succeed him as homeland security secretary, that “I put helping Mexico get control of its borders and its organized crime problems” at the very top of the list of national security concerns.
Napolitano is renown for her comment illustrating her lack of commitment to constructing a security fence along our southern border: “Show me a 50-foot fence, and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder,” was her blasé retort.
Arizonans know her all too well. Now her lack of commitment to national security will burden the entire United States.