President Pena-Nieto of Mexico needs to keep the heat on the cartels
There is a lot to like about President Pena-Nieto of Mexico. He looks in charge. He governed one of the largest states in Mexico and understands the importance of foreign investment in a developing economy. He is from the old PRI (the party who governed Mexico until 2000 and gained a reputation for corruption) but wants to be a different PRI leader.
However, letting up on the cartels will make attracting foreign investment, and tourists, very very hard.
"In another clash, American security officials were recently asked to leave an important intelligence center in Monterrey, where they had worked side by side with an array of Mexican military and police commanders collecting and analyzing tips and intelligence on drug gangs. The Mexicans, scoffing at the notion of Americans' having so much contact with different agencies, questioned the value of the center and made clear that they would put tighter reins on the sharing of drug intelligence."
"Mexico's drug syndicates are the No. 1 supplier of illegal drugs into the United States. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has said Mexico cartels are also infiltrating drug-selling operations in major U.S. cities and taking over.
According to a 2011 Justice Department report, Mexican drug cartels "represent the greatest organized crime threat to the United States.""