Monday, March 7, 2011

Seeds of Future Problems

Almost 1,700 hundred elite soldiers have deserted in Mexico in the past ten years. Problematically, Sedena has no method of tracking these people, who have a very marketable set of skills for criminal groups. Although, as I think about it, the "elite" tag is worrying, but I'm not sure how much it matters. Most of the killing in Mexico isn't of the elite military variety. If you look at the Zetas, they are more of a danger today, staffed largely by kids from the street, than they were when it was just Arturo Guzmán and a small bunch of commandos taking orders from Osiel Cárdenas. That's not to say it doesn't matter, I'm just not sure holding on to the elite while still losing hundreds of thousands of rank-and-file infantrymen to desertion is much better than the status quo.

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