Can we not have war closer to home?
Lest we forget, the Monroe Doctrine carved out the Western Hemisphere as America’s primary focus of influence. Just think about that. As a matter of policy, reinforced numerous times and revived by President John F. Kennedy, we should be focused on our closest neighbors.
The tone of doctrine surely rings of imperialism and probably is outdated, but the principal of prioritizing interest is not lost.
What has motivated America to wander so far eastward? Oil, fellow democratic allies, prospective markets. All of those things.
What has caused America to take its eyes from its closest neighbor to south, Mexico? Failure to align with needed resources, deficient and corrupt democratic government, distraction to the east. All of those things.
What foreign policy improvement can be made to address the Mexico-USA relationship?
1. Rediscover Mexico’s resource potential so that business and trade relationships can be strengthened strategically.
2. Determine what can be done to reinforce and strengthen Mexico’s government beyond the symptom of drug trade and criminal cartels
Symptomatic of problems is the drug trade and illegal immigration. They are not the causes. Addressing the causes in a strategic partnership can become a boom to both economies and will strengthen governments.
So, the headline, starting war closer to home is rhetorical, though it means to adjust our priorities and national interest closer to home.
“The Monroe Doctrine was articulated in President James Monroe's seventh annual message to Congress on December 2, 1823. The European powers, according to Monroe, were obligated to respect the Western Hemisphere as the United States' sphere of interest.
President James Monroe’s 1823 annual message to Congress contained the Monroe Doctrine, which warned European powers not to interfere in the affairs of the Western Hemisphere.
Understandably, the United States has always taken a particular interest in its closest neighbors – the nations of the Western Hemisphere. Equally understandably, expressions of this concern have not always been favorably regarded by other American nations.”
“DEA intelligence aids Mexican marines in drug war
Mexican marines have emerged as the country's most effective cartel-fighting organization, and WikiLeak documents support reports that the U.S. is training them.
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, December 4, 2010; 12:41 AM
MATAMOROS, MEXICO - The U.S. government is turning to elite units of Mexican marines to go after drug cartel bosses in aggressive "capture or kill" missions, providing intelligence and training to bolster what officials say is Mexico's most trustworthy and nimble force.
The effort includes more direct information-sharing and training than previously known, according to diplomats and law enforcement officials, and reflects a sense of urgency on the part of the U.S. government to find a professional partner to combat drug violence in Mexico that is seen as posing a threat to American security.”