It's possible that the present policy of intensely using the armed forces has deepened the process of decline of the military.It is now evident that taking the decision to use to the fullest possible level the armed forces against organized crime, the present government didn't take into account the decline accumulated in the army and the air force, nor did it consider the logistical impossibility of maintaining that policy without significantly increasing the military budget.
On the other hand, the Secretary of Defense would have accepted the deepening of the military's role in the fight against organized crime, without warning the civil authorities of the non-existence of the sufficient resources to maintain that combat. If they did in fact offer the warning, the government of Calderón didn't listen to it.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
More Comment on the Mexican Military
Security expert Jorge Luis Sierra digs a little deeper into the report about the state of the Mexican military: