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No, the U.S. Shouldn't Wage War Against Mexican Cartels

Posted on AllSides March 15th, 2023
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Illustration: Lex Villena; Gage Skidmore, Graeme Sloan/Sipa USA/Newscom, Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Newscom

Diplomatic tensions are rising between the United States and Mexico as some American politicians push for military action against cartels south of the border. Those calls come amid rising fentanyl overdose deaths and a kidnapping incident that left two Americans dead in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, last week.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R–Texas) wondered why "we still haven't declared the cartels a military target" and pushed to "authorize military force against them." Sen. Lindsey Graham (R–S.C.) called for the military "to go after these organizations wherever they exist" in order "to destroy drug labs that are poisoning Americans"—not "to invade Mexico" or "shoot...

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