Officials Call For Military Intervention To Battle Mexican Cartels
As deadly drugs, particularly fentanyl, continue to flood the United States via a porous southern border, a growing number of Americans are calling on the Biden administration to take decisive action against Mexican cartels.
Last month, U.S. Reps. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) and Michael Waltz (R-FL) unveiled a proposal that would give the White House the authority to use U.S. military forces to address the issue.
For his part, former Drug Enforcement Administration Special Operations Director Derek Maltz believes such an approach is not only feasible but could be highly effective.
“I know that Michael Waltz and Dan Crenshaw, two warriors — a Green Beret and a SEAL — have put forth a resolution or a bill to actually start authorizing the use of US military assets to destroy the cartel’s production,” he said in a recent interview.
Calling the idea “outstanding,” Maltz explained that the bill would give Biden the power “to use military force against cartels based on their fentanyl trafficking, production and distribution.”
Furthermore, it would empower the military to combat the “use of force against U.S. law enforcement and/or military, law enforcement and/or military of a neighboring country, and/or to gain control of territory to use for their criminal enterprise.”
As Maltz explained, the military and intelligence sector “has unbelievable capabilities” when it comes to battling a scourge like Mexican drug cartels, explaining that this type of action would be much different than “going to war with Mexico.”
If successful, he said that the bill introduced by Waltz and Crenshaw would provide a targeted approach to a serious problem.
“We’re not talking about boots on the ground,” Maltz asserted. “We’re talking about destroying their ability to operate. To me, there’s no logic to why we haven’t already done that.”
Crenshaw offered a similar assessment, noting that there “is a potentially failed narcoterrorist state at our border” that too many U.S. leaders are seemingly willing to ignore.
“And when you have 80,000 Americans a year dying from fentanyl overdose, oftentimes not even knowing they were taking fentanyl, that to me is active hostilities against the American people,” he said.