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Staples and Generals Call Out Feds on Border Security

September 29, 2011
Julian Aguilar, Texas Tribune

The former head of the U.S. Armed Forces Southern Command said Monday that if the United States does not provide more support to Mexico, that country’s next presidential administration may have no choice but to make a deal with cartel leaders.

“The situation on the border has gotten worse, it’s going to get worse in the coming years,” said retired Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey, a four-star general who also served as President Bill Clinton’s Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. “We are facing a Mexican election in which the next administration, if faced with inadequate U.S. support … could come to an agreement with the cartels. It would be the end of the rule of law in Mexico if it took place.”

McCaffrey made the dire assessment during a news conference convened by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, who rolled out the results of a four-month study called “Texas Border Security: A Strategic Military Assessment.”

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