US Study Finds Serious Lag in Anti-Drug Aid

A government study has found that Washington has been far behind in implementing the Merida Initiative, a USD 1.3 billion anti-drug security aid appropriated for Mexico.

The General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress, said in a Thursday report that the US had spent only USD 26 million — a mere 2 percent — of what was originally guaranteed to help Mexico fight drug cartels.

“Few programs have been delivered and limited funding has been expended to date,” GAO investigators said, according to the Washington Post.

They noted that State Department officials “could not tell us when they planned to deliver the majority of Merida goods and services.”

According to the report, the delays stem from congressional restrictions as well as a lengthy process of preparing US and Mexican agencies for bilateral assistance.

Based on the Merida Initiative signed by former US president George W. Bush and Mexican leader Felipe Calderon in 2007, the US is obliged to provide its southern neighbor with Black Hawk helicopters, night-vision goggles and drug-sniffing dogs as well as a more robust anti-drug partnership with Mexico.

Meanwhile, the new US ambassador to Mexico, Carlos Pascual, moved to refute the report by saying that it creates a “misimpression.”

He claimed the US has actually spent USD 222 million. “Due to the idiosyncrasies of federal reporting and contracting,” many up-and-running programs have not yet shown up on the books as money “spent,” he said.

During the past three years, more than 15,000 Mexicans have died as the country has involved in a bloody war against drug cartels to stop the massive flow of illicit drugs to the US.

– Article from Press TV on December 4, 2009.

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  1. Anonymous on

    The economic trouble is causing problems with the drug war. Here in American, people are starting to wake up . The fact that this foolish war is harming people all over the world and wasting Billions upon billions of tax dollars. This wall is crumbling,help it fall, pressuse Tax payers to end this MADNESS!People of other countries: Do as our US government has done, they pressured your governments into this Terrible war, its time for you to pressure them(US GOVERNMENT) out of this terrible war on people around the world!

  2. Anonymous on

    Fight the new world order people! It is real! This climate change carbon tax thing is just the start,dont let it happen.We will win if we the people around the world unite!
    this drug war is just part of it.

  3. gstlab3 on

    I’M CALLING FOR ALL FREEDOM FIGHTERS IN MEXICO AND POINTS SOUTH TO ENGAGE THESE TROOPS AT ALL COSTS.,THEY MUST BE STOPPED AND THEIR MONEY WASTED FAST AS POSSIBLE!!!

    THE GOVERNMENTS CANNOT BORROW ANY MORE MONIES AND THE PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE THE STOMACH FOR THIS WAR ALONG WITH ALL THE OTHER WARS ON THE GLOBE AT THIS TIME.

    THESE TERRORISTS FROM THE UNITED STATES DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES HAVE BEEN MILITARIZED TO THE POINT OF OF NO RETURN.
    THEY ASKED FOR IT!!! LET US GIVE IT TO THEM!!!!
    KILL THEM ALL!!!!!

    ANYONE WHO COMES TO FIGHT AGAINST THE PEASANT FARMERS AND THEIR LIVLEYHOOD IS A CRIMINAL.,AND A PERPETRATOR OF HATE CRIMES AND TORTURE!!! AS THESE PEOPLE WILL STARVE WITHOUT THE INCOME THE AMERICANS PAY THEM FOR THEIR DRUGS OF CHOICE.
    ONCE THE MILITARIZATION OF THE SOUTH AMERICAN EMPIRES IS COMPLETE THEIR WILL BE NO MORE FREEDOM FOR THE PEOPLE OF MEXICO OR ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN LATIN AND SOUTH AMERICA!!!
    THIS IS A WAR TO BRING SLAVERY AND SERVITUDE TO THE POWERS IN THE GOVERNING CLASSES THAT ARE NOT IN ANY WAY INTERESTED IN THE POOR PEASANT FARMERS AND THE NATIVE PEOPLES OF THE WORLDS FAST DISAPEARING WILDERNESSES.
    EITHER THE PEOPLE OF MEXICO SIDE WITH FREEDOM AND THE POOR FARMERS WHO DEPEND ON DRUG AGRICULTURE FOR A LIVING OR THEY WILL TRAPPED IN THE MACHINERY OF GLOBALIZATION AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER THAT SEEKS TO STRIP THE PEOPLE OF THEIR PLANTS ALONG WITH THE LAND UPON WICH THEY GROW!!!!!!!

    STAND UP FREEDOM FIGHTERS AND FIGHT AND KILL THESE FEDERALIS AND THE DEA GRINGOS FROM AMERICA.,YOU WILL BE DOING GODS WORK FOR THE FREEDOM OF ALL PEOPLES!!!!