The GOP Declares War on Mexico

by Ted Galen Carpenter

“The 8 candidates for the Republican presidential nomination featured in the August 23 televised debate feuded on several issues, including U.S. aid to Ukraine and the future role of former president Donald Trump. There was no meaningful discord on one issue, however. All 8 participants agreed that the flow of illegal drugs out of Mexico, especially fentanyl, poses an alarming threat not only to public health in the United States but to America’s security. They then vied to take the most hardline positions possible. Their favorite policy panacea was to advocate sending U.S. Special Forces into Mexico to eradicate the powerful drug cartels. It was not a new stance for the current crop of leading Republicans.” (09/04/23)