[W]ithout counting the morning reunion with Feliep Calderón, Obama's interest in Mexico --judging by his words-- appears to be limited to the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The relevance of the meeting lies in that probable disinterest or lack of awareness: the Mexican government must insist that Obama links the internal security of the United States with the security in Mexico. The violence here can't be understood without the traffic in arms from the United States, just as the passage of drugs through Mexico is incomprehensible without considering the demand for narcotics there.Jorge Montaño, whose political writings are usually at odds with the El Universal editorial page, largely agrees, though with a more nationalistic and combative slant:
Anticipating a biased vision from the president-elect and his advisors toward the fight against organized crime in Mexico is essential. The escapist arguments that Obama must be hearing aren't new, but they have to know that the dimension of the problem is overwhelming both governments. The evasive answers regarding the commitments of the United States to confront the consumption of drugs, money laundering, chemical precursor exports, and arms traffic can't be treated with the present inefficiency of their authorities.