Mexico’s Calderon Defends Drug War in Final State of Nation Address

Mexican President Felipe Calderon defended his government’s approach to combating crime and drugs Monday during his final state of the nation address.

More than 47,500 people have died in drug-related violence in Mexico since December 2006, when Calderon took office and announced plans to deploy troops to combat cartels.

He steps down in December.

“What’s clear … is that we’ve made advances Mexicans should feel proud of,” the president said, adding that it may take years for his government’s efforts to come to full flower. “Mexico has started along the path toward a life full of liberty and security.”

Calderon, who spoke at the National Palace, voiced support for the role of government troops in the drug war. Critics contend too many officials have ties to the cartels, are corrupt and are doing as much to help the traffickers as to stop them.

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  1. gutrod on

    The mighty war machine needs continual testing. This is a God’s war which can last a 1000 years, no lives forsaken. Cannabis Prohibition is American Christianity in the name of God vs. God’s plant, the sacred marijuana plant with all it’s medicinal values. The plant should not be classified amongst cocaine, heroin, etc. not to mention society’s growing menace: pharmaceutical opiates. If the big boyz don’t stop pumping out this poison the bodies will keep piling up as livers give out. Cannabis is basically harmless when compared to Oxycontin,perc’s and synthetic morphine not to mention the effects of alcoholism. An epidemic is already upon us but the government turns a blind eye all in the name of profit.

  2. Psychedelicious on

    I agree with everything else you said but war is over? I don’t think war will be over this century let alone this year.

  3. Paul Pot on

    Calderon , aided by the DEA is one of the great criminals of modern times.
    Only the most morally bankrupt politician could kill in excess of 50 000 people and call it a victory for peace.
    And the true death toll is thought by some to be far in excess of 100 000 people.
    One estimate says 27 000 died in the last 12 months alone.
    The only ones happy are the investors in the Military Industrial Complex.
    Fortunately there is a way out.
    Register to vote for reform.
    Vote to legalize in Colorado, Oregon or Washington; medical marijuana in Arkansas, Montana, Massachusetts and North Dakota. Decriminalization in Detroit MI.
    A vote to legalize will null and void both federal and international law and nations desperate to get out of the economic crisis or the bloodbath they find themselves in will just go ahead and legalize.
    War is Over!