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Operation Fast and Furious: The Forgotten History of the ATF’s Notorious Gunwalking Scandal, by ammo.com

One of the biggest scandals of the “scandal-free” Obama administration was Operation Fast and Furious. Today is the ninth anniversary of US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s death. From ammo.com:

The ATF isn’t all bad. In fact, they had a policy of letting illegal gun purchases go between 2006 and 2011. It ended up getting U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry killed on December 14, 2010, and let Mexican criminals get enough guns that they were found at over 150 crime scenes where Mexican citizens were either killed or maimed. And some of the guns were used in the November 2015 terrorist attack in Paris at the Bataclan. But other than that, it turned out just fine.

(In case you’re not picking up on it, we’re laying on the sarcasm very thick right now.)

You probably know what was officially called “Project Gunrunner” as “Operation Fast and Furious.” Started under George W. Bush, this ATF policy audaciously grew under President Obama and became indicative of the perceived attack on American gun owners by both policy makers and their friends in the establishment media.

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Is Trump’s New Drug Cartel Terrorism Designation Masking a More Sinister Agenda? by Alan Macleod

Does calling drug traffickers terrorists open the door for some US regime changing in Mexico and points south? From Alan Macleod at mintpressnews.com:

Everybody in Latin America knows what happens to leftist heads of state who challenge the power of the local elites and of the US government.

President Donald Trump announced that he will designate Mexican drug cartels as “terrorists”, paving the way for a potentially massive increase in American military involvement directly south of its border. “They will be designated,” Trump told ex-Fox Newsanchor Bill O’Reilly during an interview, revealing that he asked the Mexican government for permission to put soldiers on the ground: “let us go in and clean it out,” Trump said, revealing that they have “so far has rejected the offer. But at some point, something has to be done.”

Mexico’s left-wing president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, commonly referred to by his initials, AMLO, hit back Friday, insisting that his country had not been invaded for more than a century and that he would not permit an invasion under his watch, revealing exactly how he understood Trump’s offer.

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Fight Another ‘Terror War’ Against Drug Cartels? There’s a Better Way! by Ron Paul

The suggestion to send US troops to Mexico to fight drug cartels combines the worst features of the war on drugs and the war on terrorism. From Ron Paul at ronpaulinstitute.org:

The 50-year US war on drugs has been a total failure, with hundreds of billions of dollars flushed down the drain and our civil liberties whittled away fighting a war that cannot be won. The 20 year “war on terror” has likewise been a gigantic US government disaster: hundreds of billions wasted, civil liberties scorched, and a world far more dangerous than when this war was launched after 9/11.

So what to do about two of the greatest policy failures in US history? According to President Trump and many in Washington, the answer is to combine them!

Last week Trump declared that, in light of an attack last month on US tourists in Mexico, he would be designating Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations. Asked if he would send in drones to attack targets in Mexico, he responded, “I don’t want to say what I’m going to do, but they will be designated.” The Mexican president was quick to pour cold water on the idea of US drones taking out Mexican targets, responding to Trump’s threats saying “cooperation, yes; interventionism, no.”

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Let’s Invade Mexico! by Fred Reed

Did President Trump think about consequences for even a nanosecond before he proposed sending US troops to Mexico to fight the drug war? From Fred Reed at unz.com:

Another Entry in the Tourney of Damn Fool Ideas

I suppose that by now everyone has heard of Trump’s offer to send the American military to “wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth,” which he asserts can be done “quickly and effectively. “

Trump phrased this as an offer to help, not a threat to invade, which is reassuring. AMLO, Mexico’s president, wisely declined the offer.

While the President seems to have made the offer in good faith, he has little idea of Mexico, the military, or the cartels. The American military could not come close to wiping them off the face of the earth, much less effectively and quickly. Such an incursion would be a political and military disaster. The President needs to do some reading.

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Mexico: One Failed US War Doesn’t Justify Another, by Thomas Knapp

Much of the violence in Mexico stems from the US government’s failed drug war. From Thomas Knapp at antiwar.com:

On November 4, ten dual US-Mexican citizens – members of an offshoot sect of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – died in a highway ambush, apparently the latest casualties of rampant and violent drug cartel activity in northern Mexico.

US president Donald Trump promptly called upon “Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth. We merely await a call from your great new president!”

Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador just as promptly rejectedTrump’s proposal. That’s not surprising. He ran for president on a platform that includes ending, not escalating, Mexico’s status as a battlefield in the decades-long US “war on drugs,” a war that created, and continues to empower, the cartels.

AMLO’s right. Inviting direct US military intervention into Mexico’s internal affairs is not the solution.

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Doug Casey on Trump and the Trade War

Like all wars, once the first shots are fired in a trade war the battleground is enveloped in confusion and unintended consequences. From Doug Casey at caseyresearch.com:

Justin’s note: The trade war is spiraling out of control.

If you’ve been reading the Dispatch, you already know what I mean. In short, Trump’s taken his tough stance on trade to new heights.

He hit China with more tariffs last month. He also threatened to impose tariffs on Mexico. This is a huge deal. After all, we’re talking about two of America’s biggest trading partners.

Unfortunately, this is likely just a taste of what’s to come.

Doug Casey explains why in today’s brand-new Conversations With Casey. Doug also tells me why Trump absolutely cannot win the trade war…


Justin: Doug, Trump’s really been living up to the “Tariff Man” nickname lately. Why can’t he stop it with the tariffs?

Doug: This really brings us to a discussion of Trump himself. I admit to kind of liking Trump when he was running in 2016, despite the numerous philosophical and psychological problems that I pointed out – accurately – in 2011 when he was toying with a run. And I did make a gentleman’s bet for 100 ounces of silver with Marin Katusa that Trump would win – but that’s a different matter. The main reason I hoped Trump would win was because he wasn’t Hillary, who would have been a total and complete disaster.

Although it was clear Trump didn’t know anything about economics, he at least had a business background, unlike Hillary or most politicians. He also said he was going to end all the pointless wars the U.S. either started or aggravated.

Unfortunately, what little mettle Trump had has apparently been corrupted by living in Mordor for the past two years. The Deep State is a very real thing.

He hasn’t pulled troops out of Afghanistan, Syria, or a dozen other countries where the U.S. has varying levels of actual combat troops. Instead, he’s made the already bloated military bigger. He’s letting his warmongering advisors play chicken with China, Russia, and Iran. So, he’s failed from that point of view.

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What’s the Plan Mr. Tariff Man? by Tom Luongo

Does Trump make up his trade policy as he goes along? From Tom Luongo at tomluongo.me:

For three years now all I’ve heard is “Trust the plan.” “Trump has a plan.” Maybe he does and maybe, just maybe, he doesn’t.

Trump’s latest folly to place a 5% per month tariff on Mexico if it doesn’t control the border with the U.S. is just another idiotic move in his quest to control global trade.

It’s not like Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is Trump’s enemy on the border. In fact, if anything, AMLO has been on Trump’s side. But, like Trump, he’s got just as big a Deep State problem and that precludes anything substantive getting done.

This latest outburst by Trump ensures that his USMCA, the “Greatest Deal Ever,” won’t get ratified. And it just goes to show that he’s so weak as a President that he can’t win any wins within his own government so now he’s going to punish Mexico while pandering to his mostly brain-dead base.

He’s looking at his rising approval numbers and surveying the carnage in global trade and thinking he has the political capital for this. And, sadly, he’s right.

But this tariff is not about the border. It’s far from that. Trump is going to be Mr. Legal Immigration. He’s going to let in as many skilled foreign workers as he can to fill the jobs he’s trying to win back from China, India and Europe.

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