U.S. Joint Forces Command made headlines with a recent report on future threats that broached the possibility of a collapse of the state of Mexico.
However, special correspondent Rowan Scarborough reports that a secret Defense Intelligence Agency repor t in 2000 made similar predictions.
Said the Joint Forces report, “The growing assault by the drug cartels and thugs on the Mexican government over the past several years reminds one that an unstable Mexico could represent a homeland security problem of immense proportions to the United States. In terms of worst-case scenarios for the joint force and indeed the world, two large and important states bear consideration for rapid and sudden collapse: Pakistan and Mexico. Any descent by Mexico into chaos would demand an American response based on the serious implications for homeland security alone.”
Said the secret DIA report in 2000, “Narcotics trafficking and its ability to intimidate and corrupt officials at all levels will pose a formidable challenge to Mexico’s government and society in general. Mexican criminal groups will become even more involved in both the movement and distribution of cocaine serving the U.S. market. Mexico also will remain a heroin supplier and the main source for most of the foreignderived methamphetamine and marijuana in the United States through 2020.”
Bill Gertz covers national secur ity affairs. He can be reached at 202/636-3274, or at insidether [email protected]ingtontimes.com.