A retired US Major General has proposed a US invasion of Mexico

A retired army general has said that the US military should invade Mexico “to protect and secure the American people.” Major General Paul E. Vallely’s blinkered response to the increase in violence in Mexico, fuelled by US demands for illegal drugs, seems to overlook the failure that a military response has had to curb drug use in the past. He states “now if I were the Commander-in-Chief, I would be on a war-footing and I would have my military commanders planning and executing a strategy that will defeat swiftly and decisively these cancerous enemies.”

He further details, in an article written for the right-wing blog Family Security Matters, how he would conduct his military strategy to protect the USA. He states that the best strategy would be to position three “Border Task Force Groups” of 5000 “warriors” each on the US side of the border. These forces will “conduct offensive and defensive operations on the Mexican side of the border.” Interestingly the retired general does not think that these military incursions into Mexican territory would be in violation of any law and he cites the Posse Comitatus Act of 1848.

General Vallely compares the violence in the northern states of Mexico to the lawlessness of 1846 and states “therefore, it is in the National interest of the United States to invade, and restore order because of this clear and present danger to US Citizens and our economy.”

Fortunately Major General Paul E. Vallely is retired from the US army so he will not be in charge of any forthcoming invasions of Mexico. Readers will not be surprised that he is also military analyst for Fox News and regularly rants on about the threat Islam poses to US society. He has also been involved in co-writing a book called the Myths of Gitmo: Torture, Abuse or the Truth that denies use of cruel treatment in Guantanamo bay.

After nine years of costly wars in Afghanistan in Iraq and Afghanistan the US public might be wary of invading Mexico. The article suggests that Vallely seems to know a lot about “Manifest Destiny” but marginally less about the history of the drug trade. I think many people who know a little more about the situation might doubt the effectiveness of his response