Mexican President Filipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made an appearance in the Rose Garden with U.S. President Barack Obama, and the two presidents proceeded to try out their new comedy improv act (my bold below):
In remarks to reporters in the Rose Garden, Calderon urged the U.S. to do more to tamp down on gun trafficking and emphasized that the drug cartels that crime organizations are operating on both sides of the border. He claimed a direct connection between the weakening of gun laws in the U.S. and deaths in his country.
“I know that if we don’t stop the traffic of weapons into Mexico, if we don’t have mechanisms to forbid the sale of weapons such as we had in the ’90s, or for registry of guns, at least for assault weapons, then we are never going to be able to stop the violence in Mexico or stop a future turning of those guns upon the U.S.,” he said.
Obama, whose administration has not pushed to reinstate the ban, did not respond to the Mexican president’s statement directly. Democrats largely have called a truce when it comes to advancing new gun control legislation, a political calculation based on the party’s attempts to appeal to more rural and Western voters.
The president promised to “keep on partnering” with Mexico on security issues.
“We recognize that we have a responsibility to reduce demand for drugs, that we have a responsibility to make sure that not only guns, but also bulk cash isn’t flowing into Mexico,” Obama said. “Obviously, President Calderon takes very seriously his responsibilities to apply effective law enforcement within Mexico. And I think he’s taken courageous steps to do that.”
Obama added that “innocent families and women and children being gunned down in the streets, that should be everybody’s problem, not just their (Mexico’s) problem.”
The act would have been far more amusing if the two Presidents were not ankle deep in the blood of Mexican citizens murdered with the help of their respective administrations.
Calderon’s government dramatically increased their buying of military weapons after Obama’s election, which is stunning, considering at least a quarter of those weapons are diverted to drug cartels. Calderon also goes out of his way to avoid the pachyderm grazing behind them; Operation Fast and Furious and other alleged gun-walking plots orchestrated by the Obama Administration that sent thousands of firearms over the Mexican border to arm the Sinaloa drug cartel. Hundreds of Mexicans and two U.S. federal agents have been killed by these firearms so far, in a plot that violated international law, The Arms Export Control Act, the Kingpin Act, and which may be fertile ground for a RICO prosecution of the Obama Administration across multiple departments and even the white House itself.
If Obama and Calderon keep “partnering,” the Mexican people themselves may soon be an endangered species.