Perry says consider military in Mexico By Peggy Fikac - San Antonio Express-News Web Posted: 11/19/2010 AUSTIN â€” GOP Gov. Rick Perry, who continues to insist he`s not interested in the presidency, is nevertheless always ready to tell the federal government how to do a better job on such matters as border security â€” including indicating the U.S. should be open to sending military into Mexico to help fight the drug war.
Appearing on MSNBC on Thursday, Perry was asked, â€?Would you advocate military involvement in Mexico on the Mexico side of the border to help Mexico in this drug war?â€?
Perry answered: â€?I think we have to use every aspect of law enforcement that we have, including the military. I think you have the same situation as you had in Colombia. Obviously, Mexico has to approve any type of assistance that we can give them.
â€?But the fact of the matter is, these are people who are highly motivated with money. They are vicious. They are armed to the teeth. I want to see them defeated. And any means that we can to run these people off our border and to save Americans` lives we need to be engaged in.â€?
Perry has long called for more federally paid National Guard troops on the border and has cited the state`s efforts to try to fill the void caused by what he describes as the failed federal effort on border security.
Thursday`s answer reflected a difference in tone, though not in substance, from one he gave in an interview this summer with the San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle, when he was asked whether the U.S. should consider sending the military into Mexico as it did in 1916 after border violence.
Perry said then, â€?I would suggest to you in that almost 100-year period of time, that idea of loading up and riding across the border to clash with the cartel members might be ill-conceived. In the late `80s and early `90s, the United States, in a coordinated effort with the Colombian government, we were able to defeat the drug cartels in that country to a great degree. Hopefully, Mexico understands that 28,000 of their citizens murdered since 2006 by the drug cartels is unacceptable. If they are responsive to our assistance, then I would think our federal government should give them that assistance.â€?[More]