Mexico and the Merida Initiative

The United States is planning to give Mexico $1.4 billion to use in securing Mexico’s southern border. That’s absurd, given that we can’t secure our southern border, nor does Mexico have much interest in helping us do that. Presidente Calderon insists that this condition on the money’s use is not acceptable, saying, “I cannot accept any submission or subordination . . . . Give it to me. And give it to me without conditions!” That’s ridiculous and offensive. Yet, we’re still going to give him the money. That’s just stupid.