The US Military Can’t Solve the Fentanyl Crisis

Source: Cato Institute
by Justin Logan & Daniel Raisbeck

“Using the U.S. military in Mexico to deal with the fentanyl crisis in the United States is the hot new policy solution for lots of U.S. politicians. … Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw, the newly appointed chair of a congressional task force for countering Mexican cartels, announced recently that ‘Colombia is the model’ for what Washington needs to do in Mexico. … In an Instagram post, Crenshaw stated, ‘Anyone who has watched Narcos knows that the Colombia of 30 years ago looked a lot like Mexico does today.’ The problem with that theory … is twofold. To begin with, if you consider annual homicide rates, today’s Mexico looks an awful lot like today’s Colombia. Crenshaw’s argument also overlooks that Colombia today is slipping back to the 1990s, when the country, under siege from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a narco‐​guerrilla group, was on the verge of becoming a failed state.” (09/18/23)