Sunday, November 14, 2010

Requesting the Army's Return

It was interesting to see César Duarte publicly call for the return of the army to Juárez. You see this a fair amount: while the army makes a convenient foil for opponents of Calderón, while it has not been successful in tamping down violence or eliminating any of the most fearsome gangs, and while it has had at least a handful of pretty horrid violations, the army remains the agency politicians of every party look to when security becomes dicey. I don't think this will change, which will make it very hard for the next president to walk the army back to the barracks without a much improved security climate, or a much improved Federal Police.

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