Dangerous: Why Did Donald Trump Want to Attack Drug Labs in Mexico?

Source: Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“More Evidence that Donald Trump Was Dangerously Impulsive on Foreign Policy — President Donald Trump’s last Senate‐​confirmed secretary of defense, Mike Esper, has made a shocking charge about the conduct of his boss toward Mexico. In his forthcoming memoir, Esper contends that in 2020, the president asked him at least twice about the possibility of launching missiles into Mexico to ‘destroy the drug labs’ and wipe out the cartels. Trump considered such a drastic step to be justified because Mexican leaders ‘are not in charge of their own country.’ Some skeptics might be tempted to dismiss Esper’s allegation as just another attempt by a disgruntled former appointee and prominent member of the foreign policy establishment to discredit Trump’s presidency …. In this case, though, there are multiple reasons to think that the account probably is accurate.” (05/06/22)