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Trump Ups the Ante on Drug Cartels

The President is taking a stand against drugs and is talking about waging war against drug cartels. It hasn’t been since the Reagan Administration since we’ve seen such an aggressive stance on drugs, and President Trump is taking it one step farther. The President’s urgency and sincerity were almost palatable, even in his tweets, as one story reported.

That is also understandable as we have all been shocked, angered, and saddened by the recent tragedy in Mexico. While the details are still being uncovered, we do have a good idea of what recently transpired south of the border. Our story, citing a CBS News source, reported that “Trump’s remarks were sparked by news of American citizens getting slaughtered in Mexico, after getting caught in the crossfire of a cartel battle in the border state of Sonora. Relatives have said at least nine U.S. citizens were killed including six children of which two were seven-month-old twins…” and remark he did.

Those remarks came loudly too via the aforementioned tweets, such as, “This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth,” and “If Mexico needs or requests help in cleaning out these monsters, the United States stands ready, willing and able to get involved and do the job quickly and effectively,” among others as our story reported.

There is an anger and a fire you can feel and sense in the President’s response, one that we mentioned earlier, that we all share. The President upped the ante and made a suggestion that made sense when he said it back in March and now it adds an entirely new level of gravity to the drug cartel scene. It was then that President Trump, campaigning on the message of battling drugs on the border, suggested designating drug cartels as terrorist organizations. Perhaps it is time he makes a move to make that happen.

It was during an interview with Breitbart News that the President shared those ideas and then elaborated, “It’s psychological, but it’s also economic… as terrorists — as terrorist organizations, the answer is yes. They are.”

And now we have a family, damn-near an entire family butchered because of what – a drug war? A deal gone bad? Well, the Mexican cartels may have just started a war they don’t want and that will be a very bad deal for them indeed. How serious was the President? In his tweets he said all the President of Mexico had to do was ask but the President said it much more emphatically, as only Trump can of course.

Trump’s tweet read: “The great new President of Mexico has made this a big issue, but the cartels have become so large and powerful that you sometimes need an army to defeat an army!” Then added, “we merely await a call from your great new president!”

We aren’t sure on what scale or what exactly the President has in mind but starting with classifying drug cartels as terrorist groups and offering U.S. forces obviously means serious intentions at the very least. It might also reveal a bit more about this President’s heart because there is no question that he was hurt and angry about this tragedy. We all are.

We are all also very sick of watching drugs and drug cartels eat away at the fabric of our nation and our youth. The Reagan administration waged a “war on drugs” that made a difference but it was a different kind of war. One of law enforcement, education, and awareness. President Trump is now declaring a war on drugs too but this one isn’t a war of words and it isn’t about tougher penalties. The country has been searching for a way to fix the problem of drugs and drug abuse in America for a long time, and perhaps this tragedy won’t be for not if it is the impetus that inspires real change. Maybe this could be beauty from ashes? We hope so.

The President isn’t going after drugs and drug abusers, he wants to cut the head off of the snake. Drug cartels should be aware that notice has been served – and we all know how America treats and deals with terrorists.