March 13th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

Should U.S. send troops to Mexican border?



FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

As drug-related violence escalates in Mexico there's been chatter this week about the possibility of sending U.S. troops to the border.

President Barack Obama says states, including Texas, have asked for National Guard troops to be deployed to the border; however the Pentagon says it hasn't received specific requests to do so. A Pentagon spokesman says the U.S. is already providing the Mexican government with five helicopters, a Marine surveillance vehicle and hand-held scanners. He adds that any troops that would be sent would only protect the U.S. side of the border, and that there are no talks of sending them into Mexico.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, went to Mexico last week and is highlighting the need to work more with Mexico's military. He says the violence is rising there because the government is taking on drug cartels more directly - and that this is an opportunity for the U.S. to cooperate.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the U.S. will soon send a large contingent of federal agents to the border; among other things, they will step up car inspections.

Mexican officials say the violence killed more than 6,200 people last year and more than 1,000 in the first two months of this year. One U.S. official has called Mexican drug cartels the biggest organized crime threat facing America.

Here’s my question to you: In light of increased drug-related violence in Mexico, should the U.S. send troops to the border?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Mark writes:
Jack, It may very well come to that, but if so, the issue of U.S. troops on the border would need to be handled with a great deal of sensitivity… We must start treating the Mexicans as allies and friends. After all, Mexico's people, police forces, and army are the ones who are paying the ultimate price for America's appetite for illegal drugs.

Terry writes:
No. Our troops are spread too thin. Boycott tourism to Mexico. It costs the U.S. less, saves the lives of our troops, and sends a message that Mexico's government needs to clean up its own mess.

Lucy from Illinois writes:
The Russians put up the Berlin Wall and shot everyone who tried to cross it. That is what needs to be done on our borders. We have to protect U.S. citizens from the violence and drugs.

Roland from Greenville, South Carolina writes:
When people decry the spending of our national treasure for skeptical purposes, does anyone consider how many billions of dollars we've spent on the 'War on Drugs' over the last 4 decades? We've spent hundreds of billions in Columbia alone. Media and political types hype about the success or failure of our wars in the Middle East. Has anyone measured the abject failure of this particular conflict?

Mark from New York writes:
Jack, The idea that the killings happening in Mexico right now are just a few miles from the border is scary. Sending troops to the border to protect us from this potential threat makes more sense than sending troops for years and years to a foreign country.

Brandon from Jamestown, Virginia writes:
Being a Bill Buckley conservative, I say cut the drug cartels off at the source: legalize it. Every year, the war on drugs costs us billions and billions and every year the cartels get bigger, richer and more resourceful. You can send all the troops you want, the demand will still be there and the problem will continue to grow.

Filed under: U.S. Border Security
soundoff (206 Responses)
  1. Terrell Walker Escondido Ca.

    Jack I beleive that the border situation is rapidily spinning out of control. When we have U.S. citizens being kidnapped on our side of the border, Then the border should be secured by any and all means neccessary. Bring home the National Guard and redeploy them at the border.

    March 13, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  2. nancy

    Send our troops to the border.
    We already have 68 percent of the total number of troops (over 500) in Afghanistan. Why are our American troops this overwhelming number? Where are the other nations which were sources of attacks by Al-Qaeda?
    Bring our troops home and post them at the border.
    On a related note concerning drugs coming into the US, let's keep in mind that if there are no consumers there are no providers. All drug users need to realize that they are part of this problem and, consequently, stop using drugs.

    March 13, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  3. Ron from SF

    No, legalize the crap and tax the heck out of it. Not only would you end the violence–like they did after prohibition, but you'd empty the jails and end state deficits. It's time we did something smart, as the "War on Drugs" is the dumbest thing this county has ever done. Considering the stupidity of the Iraq war, that's saying something.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  4. Jennifer- Las Vegas

    they should send troops to the border to stop guns from getting into mexico, as well as stopping drugs from coming here. The smart thing to do would be to legalize marijuana in the US, allowing americans to make the profits instead of the mexicans. All the while generating a hefty tax revenue for our states to help offset their current shortfalls.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  5. Tomas

    We don't need troops for drug dealers. If any aid is required by the President, it should be police officers at the border. There's no war between Mexico and the US, therefore troops are not needed.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  6. Liz, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

    Yes, in order to protect the states on the border with Mexico, it is necessary to send some U.S. troops to the border with Mexico – the drug cartels are becoming increasingly more violent and causing more and more deaths and destruction – more U.S. troops would help get the situation under control.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  7. Mickie

    Absolutely! They should have done this ages ago to stop the illegals from coming in plus it will help deter the drugs. If CA legalizes marijuana there's less incentive to smuggle that in.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  8. Michael L. Stone

    I believe we should. Its time we started to really crack down on the illegal border crossings and also start protecting the border towns to stop the violence thats spilling over from Mexico. We certainly don;t need the drug cartels getting any more of a foothold in this country than they already have.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  9. sue maccia

    yes, but a more important task is to figure out how guns are getting to Mexico from the USA. Mexico's criticism regarding this issue is legit and we need to address it–that along with the undocumental aliens issue.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  10. William

    I believe we should send troops to the border. It's ashame it had to come this far, but after years of sweeping these issues under the rug this may be the time to take hard nosed action against these criminals. hmm...sounds familiar.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  11. tommy young

    No, we should just give the southern portions of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to Mexico to create a buffer.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  12. Tom Hamilton

    No the best thing the U.S. could do to end the DRUG VIOLENCE WORLD WIDE

    March 13, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  13. Joey

    Definitely! Nearly 7,000 deaths last year in drug wars; We gotta protect our borders from having this crap spill over into our heartland!

    March 13, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  14. L.M.,Arizona

    We said we wanted to secure our borders so we take soldiers from Korea who are securing the border between the North and the South
    and secure our southern borders. We also can take the troops in Iraq and put them on our borders. Let's save america first.


    March 13, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  15. Terencex12- Long Beach, CA

    YES, of course the feds should send troops!!

    March 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  16. Ken in NC

    Jack, US troops are for the protection of our country and this Mexican Drug problem represents a clear and present danger to the security of this nation. If their primary function will be to talk to the members of the drug cartel, we should first send the ACLU, Lawyers and others interested in talking. Then we should send in the troops to insure the safety of Americans living inside the USA Borders.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  17. Aaron - Seattle

    I think that the US should send the troops the border. I mean – didn't we send them overseas to keep our homeland safe? Now that we are threatened from the south, it doesn't make sense to not send our troops south.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  18. Sheri in Tennessee

    Jack, that would depend on whether Mexico has oil. Isn't that why we send our troops anywhere these days?

    March 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  19. Peter

    Instead of sending troops, we should legalize drugs and thus remove the reason for all this carnage, not only in Mexico.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  20. Harry, Boise, Idaho

    Yes and they need to occupy every gun shop within 200 miles of the border. We should be embarrassed and ashamed that we are providing the guns that kill Mexican military and police who are trying to deal with what is really a US problem of demand for drugs.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  21. Alan


    Troops should have been deployed to the border years ago. While they're at the border, they can also interdict illegals crossing into the US. Just make sure our troops are fully armed & state very clearly the rules of engagement.

    Alan, Northvale, NJ

    March 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  22. Ed from Montana

    Heck no, let's just announce that Cheney is going on a hunting trip down on the border. That ought to clear the area.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  23. Matt

    We should send troops to the border and cooperate with Mexico to solve this problem as fast as we can before the problem gets much worse.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  24. Clay from DC

    Yes! While we don't want a militarized police force, the Mexican drug cartels need to see a tough resistance if their violence spills into the US. The DEA seems unable to do enough to stop it, so, literally, bring in the big guns.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  25. Paula in Albuquerque

    I heard this morning that the fiercest and most deadly fighters in the Mexican drug war are the Zetans...who are young men, trained by the American military services, and offer their loyalties to the drug-cartels! They are superior fighting forces to the Mexican troops...ruthless...well-disciplined...and, committed.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  26. Caroline, Los Angeles

    I think it's too soon to tell. I think the U.S. under Bush really ignored these issues in Mexico and Obama's only been working for 50 days or so. I think we need more information before the President makes that decision.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  27. Jaime

    Yes, we either need to send more troops and be more violent then them, or we (and I hate to say it) need to out source their business here in the states our selves. sucks huh

    March 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  28. Levi in New York

    The solution to the drug violence is not to send more guns into the battle. The solution is to end this epic waste of taxpayer money called the War on Drugs. Let's face it, people aren't going to stop doing drugs and prohibition does not significantly decrease their numbers. By pushing the huge, lucrative drug market into the underground, we provide a powerful channel for criminals to make large sums of money.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  29. Kristen

    Wow, there's an idea. Use our troops to protect our country instead of trying to "reform" other countries. However, I think we all know that this problem is much bigger than simply sending troops to the border. I think that will just turn into another Afghanistan, except in my backyard.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  30. Hal Gardner

    Yes, i think we should send troops to the mexican border, but i would suggest sending those returning from Iraq if possible. thanks, Hal Gardner, 4 Charger Court, Shelby, N. C. 28152

    March 13, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  31. Ryan

    Maybe we should. But a better solution is to legalize the drugs that are funding these cartels. This will shut them right down. People who want drugs are going to get them either way; better not to be funding violence and terrorism in the process.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  32. Dave

    The troops should have been on our border long ago. If yyour backyard neighbors dog keeps coming over and biting your child - do we sit around and talk about it - or act?

    March 13, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  33. Kevin, Florida

    Yes, troops should be sent to the Mexican border. The safety of the American people is important and with this violence going on at our borders the government needs to deploy a light wave of troops to ensure the safety and security of our country instead of bothering wasting our time in Iraq because the danger is closer to home, and the Iraq situation is barbarous and it is a continued losing battle that has yet to be lost, where yet the border crisis can be maintained if the U.S steps in because it is not as big as a situation as Iraq is. However, the situation can worsen if the government just sits around doing nothing. That is why it is imperative we act now before this situation gets out of hand.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  34. PoliticoMike

    They should use the money and finally build a massive wall and finally end this whole debate.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  35. eric

    No only should we send troops to the border we should be inside MX right now to finally end this drug problem..I would also love to see the Berlin Wall built along the US and Mexican border...

    Eric Mnifee,CA.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  36. Damon in NC

    No! We should take the profit (and motivation) out of the equation by legalizing Pot and selling it in ABC stores right next to the Vodka. Overnight, a multi-billion dollar tax base would be created and the drug wars would end.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  37. Brenda

    Of course we should send troops to the border! This should have been done years ago. I hope that Obama has the guts !!

    March 13, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  38. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    I think that we should send American troops to the border to stop the American gun runners who are supplying the Mexican drug dealers. From everything that I'm reading and hearing, guns to supply these criminals are coming from dealers in the United States. If our troops can stop that connection and end the supply of guns, I say send them down there.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  39. Brett

    Why don't we build a fence? Oh yeah, let's grow & regulate our own marijuana & tax the heck out of it, too!

    March 13, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  40. Sammy

    Yes Yes Yes ! We're really good about protecting the borders of Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, but when it comes to our own borders we pay no mind. It's about time we sent more reinforcemnents to the border.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  41. Eileen

    Jack, we should implement drones on the border. They can take pictures of where illegal crossings occur, and alert the Border Patrol, and troops, if necessary, on the most vulnerable areas, and provide the necessary force to arrest large numbers of illegal aliens. Fences , which were never the answer, would become irrelevant.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  42. Dario Nava

    I am a mexican-american and I do not agree to send troops to Mexico...
    In the morning i watch cnn and at night i watch spanish news and let me tell you, you guys have just covered so far, the tip of the iceberg....
    I say legalize it marijuana to make profits for OUR american economy and not wasting tax payers money on this.....

    March 13, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  43. Miriam from Philly

    we should secure our border ASAP. The drug violence is spilling over into the US, and terrorists watch the news, too. They also see how weak our border is. It's long overdue.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  44. john e. stoudsburg pa.

    we have troops all around the world on vacation, bring home troops and put them on the border. the situation on the border is way out of control.we can stop it now.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  45. Derrick

    At who's expense will this cost. Haven't we paid enough with the 2 wars overseas. How about the builindg of an electric fense it's cheaper.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  46. Casey

    Maybe the military could help build the walls to protect our border.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  47. Tess from the border state of California

    Hi Jack,
    This was a "duh" kind of question! If we can send troops overseas to protect our international borders, it just makes sense that we do the same to protect our national borders. Isn't that the rationale for "Homeland Security"?

    March 13, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  48. Keith Hosford

    ABSOLUTELY!!! We need protection down here. The thugs are everywhere.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  49. chad

    It really doesn't matter if they send troops to the border. I does not stop the want for drugs in the U.S. The drug trade supplies 12 jobs for every inmate. So the U.S. is not really interested in stopping the need for drugs to enter this country. Stop reporting about the violence. Report about the people who are enabling these Cartels to be successful in this country

    March 13, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  50. John

    I wish the Us Government would do more to stem the drugs coming into our country and the suppplies coming out of our country. I do believe this will have to be a joint effort. Mexico needs to clean house and get back on track, and with our help and support I think they can. If sending the troops to the border, with real authority not their hands tied, can help the situation, I think we should do it. 100%

    March 13, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  51. mitchell, arkansas

    no. they should stop prohibition, and take the cartels financing away. no troops needed, no more mexican corruption, bribes of officials, and nothing for the gangs. this entire problem with the border would go away, with no violence whatsoever, if this country would just stop this failed war on drugs. YES WE CANNABIS! lol

    March 13, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  52. Michael White

    Is it me or shouldn't the border have been secured since Bush was in Office, oh for 8 years? The drug violence in Mexico will only increase and will spread across into the US. If we send our National Guard troops to the border, are we sending them to just secure it or will Mexico be the next Iraq? We need to once and for all secure our border with a fence or wall and be done with it. Having open borders in this day and age with al qaeda and terrorist. I mean with the 8,000+ pork projects in the latest bill, we could have secured our border already!!

    March 13, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  53. sasha, Chicago

    How many cells within the drug cartels have crossed the border in the last EIGHT years? I guess this is something Obama should try to fix. Or should he do what Bush and the Republicans did...NOTHING?
    We now see what leaving the borders wide open are doing at the moment in the south, don’t we?

    Americans have been told how patient Al Qaeda is? How many Al Qaeda Cells crossed the border why you and Bush did nothing over the last EIGHT YEARS?

    All we have heard is that Bush kept us safe. Really? Maybe we should talk to Egypt and France – they warned us about 9-11 while BUSH & the gang ignored their warnings and they can decide if he kept us safe. Maybe they can find the drug cartels that have infiltrated our small towns and cities.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  54. Martin

    Not only should troops be sent to the border, but we should send troops to Mexico itself to help combat this plague...this is coming from a liberal – its that bad down there!

    Grand Forks, ND

    March 13, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  55. Mickey

    Yes. To stop money and guns from going into Mexico and check for drugs coming out.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  56. Cecile Dobelbower

    Pray tell, what are these troops suppose to do, stand shoulder to shoulder to block entry?. Give me a break. Sending troops to the border serves no useful purpose. Mexico is doing an excellent job checking automobiles. The drugs will still get in.

    Richland Hills, Texas

    March 13, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  57. Kathy, Glendale, AZ

    I live in the Phoenix metro area and, the answer to your question is - YES! The govt. SHOULD send troops to the Mexican border.- I don't want this activity spreading to this area anymore than it already has (drophouses, home invasions & kidnappings). We need to support our Border Patrol Agents & local law enforcement, who risk their lives everyday with this escalated threat & violence.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  58. Justin

    Of course there should be a military presence on the U.S./Mexico border. Many of us have been saying this for years, and only now the main stream media even acknowledging the problem. I hate to say it, but we told you so.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  59. Janet

    Maybe we should take a look at our gun control laws. We're arming these drug cartels, and arguably causing much of the violence. Where would the drug cartels be if we had effective gun control laws in this country?

    March 13, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  60. Scott

    Jack, the United States Government has an obligation to protect the American people from enemies both foreign and domestic. This chaos in Mexico is a very dangerous problem that DEMANDS we send troops to the border to ensure that our cities are safe. Just look at the statistics on the recent spike in kidnappings by these drug gangs in the border states if you need further evidence on how serious this problem really is.
    Scott (NY)

    March 13, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  61. David

    This is nuts here we are in iraq and Afghanistan firghting and now it looks like we may have to fight on our boarder and the military is already thin. Something got to give and if it was me it would be Iraq and Afghanistan let them take care of their self and let the chips fall where they may.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  62. Rhonda Bradley

    Absolutely, but only if they are given bullets and the right to defend themselves and our country. Too many times our soldiers are put in harms way in situations within our own borders and not given the ability or the okay to do their jobs.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  63. Jeff

    The US should send Troops into Mexico, this has the potential as it did in the Colombian cartel days to spill into violence on the streets in America. The dug trade is one thing but Mexican government is in serious jeopardy of losing all control and the country could fall into the cartels control, spelling serious danger for american citizens north of the Border.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  64. Danny , Sacramento,Ca

    Jack what we need is not troop on the boarder, but tracking every weapon made and sold in the U.S. The problem is all of the weapons that flow illegally form the U.S. We need forensic testing on all weapns before they can be sold to the public. This way we can jail any Americans who are sending weapons south. Go at the problems root , not the symptom.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  65. John Crowley

    Absolutely, send at least 50,000 now, I'm tired of us defending others peoples borders like South Korea's, when we can not even defend our own. It is only a matter a time before the violence spills over in to our country and a few more Federal Agents checking cars coming across the border will not help, most of these illegal border crossing are no where near legal border crossings.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  66. DAME-O

    Jack, I say no we shouldn't send in any U.S. Troops.. We already have our own drug war to deal with here in the U.S. .

    March 13, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  67. Travis Rodriguez

    I believe that reserve troops should only be sent to protect the border if their misssion is going to be specific. Given the current state of the economy , we simply do not have the resources avavalible to mobilize troops just so they can be a "show of force". We as a nation, need a solid flexable plan in place before we waste millions of dollars sending troops into a situation we are not prepared for.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:13 pm |

    Jack, I believe that our troops would welcome a deployment which actually is a threat to our national security. Why does our country still have troops stationed in Germany, Korea, Japan, Okinawa, Saudi Arabia as well as Iraq and Afghanistan. Our servicemen and women joined to protect and defend our country. Wouldn't it be nice for our tax dollars and the finest army in the world defending us?

    March 13, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  69. James in TN

    i think we should considering some have already cross the boarder. If mexicans come across the border and continue the war, it could cause numberuos murders and a lot more people being put behind bars so that taxpayers for their survival. Then are released either back to mexico or just back into our society and then they start all over agian.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  70. Sara from VA

    The United States doesn't need anymore unemployed. When most of the soliders in Iraq come home they will be looking for jobs just like everybody else. Lets put their skills to work and sent them to the border.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  71. fedupwithhypocrits

    Jack, we should protect our borders, but what really needs to be done is reinstate the ban on assault weapons that Pres. Bush let expire in 2003. I am sure that is what has helped allow the drug gangs to get more powerful weapons from the U.S., and that is what the media should be reporting. Pres. Bush allowing that ban to expire was a huge mistake.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  72. Neel

    it is a good idea, but works for some time. unless and untill people start taking responsibalites for there kids all the forces in the world will not work. people always forget history.


    March 13, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  73. Susan from Twn Falls Idaho

    We should have been there for the last five years, haven’t you been watching lou Dobbs?

    March 13, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  74. Tom O'Connell

    Absolutely not!

    Instead it should realize that all historic attempts at drug prohibition have eventually produced violent illegal markets. The current situation on the Mexican border is exactly analogous to that of Chicago in the Twenties.

    President Obama is challenged to emulate FDR who, in 1933, was also forced to deal with both Prohibition and a the Great Depression.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  75. Paul

    Let the Texans take care of their own border.They put those border guards in jail for enforcing the U.S. law so let them deal with the results.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  76. sasha, Chicago

    REVISION: Sorry, did not mean you Jack in the previous email lol

    How many cells within the drug cartels have crossed the border in the last EIGHT years? I guess this is something Obama should try to fix. Or should he do what Bush and the Republicans did...NOTHING?
    We now see what leaving the borders wide open are doing at the moment in the south, don’t we?

    Americans have been told how patient Al Qaeda is? How many Al Qaeda Cells crossed the border over the last EIGHT YEARS while Bush Administration did nothing ?

    All we have heard is that Bush kept us safe. Really? Maybe we should talk to Egypt and France – they warned us about 9-11 while BUSH & the gang ignored their warnings and they can decide if he kept us safe. Maybe they can find the drug cartels that have infiltrated our small towns and cities.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  77. Jim Blevins

    If the American people wanted war, they would have elected McCain. The drug problem is a criminal problem - not a place for the military. We have more federal police than I can even name - FBI, DEA, ATF and ICE to name a few. Send in federal police.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    March 13, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  78. Mini

    Any country should secure its borders and thwart international problem spillages. If the US can send troops to fight far off battles in Iraq and Afghanistan it can surely send troops to the Mexican border. This measure might also go a small way in bringing down El-Chapo's empire and his name from the Forbes Billionaire list.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  79. HoustonHero

    Please! I live in Houston,Texas. Local news says two hits were recently carried out in Houston and Dallas via sleeper cells. We've got to nip all of this in the bud.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  80. James P. Diggins

    We need to stop all the dope dealing violence along the US/Mexico border because if we do less dope will sell in the US , thus Mexican drug gangs will self destruct

    March 13, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  81. Michael, Liverpool, NY

    We need more than that. We need to work with the Mexican government to take down the drug cartels. So defend the border by taking out the drug cartels in Mexico.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:15 pm |

    My wife is 1/2 Mexican with ALOT of LEGAL Mexican family members that I/We love, BUT! We need to send troops to the Border if they will be allowed to shoot invaders, which also include Muslims pretending to be Mexicans. WE MUST STOP THE DRUG FLOW & FUTURE TERRIOR ATTACKS. Jerry Soldotna, Alaska.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  83. Dominick

    The National Guardsmen would enhance our ability to keep the drug cartel – and drugs – out of the USA, but they don't solve the root cause of the problem, which is our demand for illegal drugs. Lets face it, as long as there is demand for a product, people will find a way to make it available to consumers. We must zero in on drug dealers at home, and address the reasons for drug dependancy or we risk shifting from one supplier to another in a never ending battle.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  84. Rob Kole


    What troops! I just read that a 50 year old man 15 years out from serving our country got called to deploy to Iraq. Are we going to put senior citizens who should be enjoying their golden year standing post?

    March 13, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  85. Roger, Iowa

    We don't need 50,000 troops in Germany and who knows how many in other parts of the world. We need our troops here protecting boarders and ports. Bring our troops home!

    March 13, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  86. Roger Zoeller

    Jack , We should send the Texas Nationl Guard to the border to protect our border and any other states guard who's border Mexico touches ours . !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 13, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  87. Greg Dolgoff

    Sorry about that. My political correctness was turned off. we should stop all people who come across the border. It is an attack on the american people. If this is about marajauna than leagelize it. The people as a majority wish it so.. Than Unleash the full power of the united states to stop drugs entering the country.. marajauna grown in america would have no poisen chemicals in it... As it stands the marajauna could be poisened.. We don't know if it is not...

    March 13, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  88. Ryan

    Absolutley not. We're broke, and we spend way too much money on the war on drugs, even though we have never made a dent on trafficing, and never will. This is perfect example of government waste, that will never stop. Someone in Washington need to realize its not a war we can win, and its not going to be stomped out ever. We need to fix our economy before we go spending billions more foolishly.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  89. Candleara

    Yes we should. Amercian citizens at the border are being killed too. The cartel are haveing 16 yr olds AMERICAN CITIZENS hired and trained as hitman. This is a war beyond borders. The innocent are being killed here....in our own back yard.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  90. MamaCow

    In the Soviet Union, they had a separate army branch dedicated, equiipped, and trained just for that – to guard the borders. It is not a quick solution, but why not look into it?

    March 13, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  91. Alton

    NO! First we have not been asked to help. Second, We should only send troups if our country is in danger from an invasion of another country. We have not been invaded and the violence has not come accross the boarder. Until this happens we should just sit tight and watch from the sidelines. We should be asked to help, otherwise, we risk prooving to be the police of the world that the other 160+ countries we already have military bases know us to be.

    Atlanta, GA

    March 13, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  92. RJ Archer

    OF COURSE we should send troops to the border! The federal government has been yammering about the "war on drugs" for years and it's about time we actually DID something. And if the Mexican government invites us to pursue drug gangs into their contry, then we should do that, too. It's time the U.S. took some responsibility for the drug problem, since we insist on being the world's largest consumer.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  93. ken m.

    jack if the truth been known the mexician military has crossed our border several times gettting into thr U.S. several miles and makeing problems for ranchers in those areas, but we do not hear anything about that, the B.A.T.F. should be looking for american gun dealers who are selling weapons to these gangs, to take back over the border, there are more mexican gangs here in America than in mexico ,any and all gang hispanics who are caught in gang should be deported back to mexico no matter there age, mexico is very ripe for a revolt in that country , and we will suffer greatly from it . shut down our borders now before its to late , i belive it already is. ken

    March 13, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  94. Beau in Fredericksburg Virginia

    You know, Jack, that seems like a grand idea. Especially considering that border protection is one of the main reasons for having a military. If we didn't have such an expansive, adventurist foreign policy, perhaps we could spare the boys in uniform.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  95. Jamie

    Yes! My fiance and I are supposed to get married in Baja in June and will probably have to cancel our wedding there due to our guests' safety concerns. Aside from our own selfish reasons, we love Mexico and feel for all of the honest, hard working citizens whose livings are being affected by the drug violence. The economy at these border towns will continue into a downward spiral if we don't help the Mexican government get control of these cartels.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  96. Frank

    This is a no-brainer. Absolutely! There is no reason NOT to do it.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  97. Chris Kisala

    I believe strongly that we should have our troops defending the border of Mexico. Violence has gotten out of control and the fact that our teens are being solicited by drug dealers to perform executions is unbelievable and scary!
    We have troops in Iraq, which in my opinion, does not provide as direct of a threat as the drug dealers in Mexico. Strong military assistance is needed on our border, before more damage is done in the US.
    We need to stop this blatant disreguard for law and order and we need to stop it NOW!
    Thanks Jack, for your excellent coverage of this horrible situation.
    Chris Kisala

    March 13, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  98. Tom Hamilton

    The best thing the jU.S. could do would be to end the war on drugs, and announce the legalization of drugs in the U.S. this would take all the black market profits out of dealing them . since there would be minimum profit in supplying drugs, supply would drop to near zero. the drug problem would almost take care of itself. those who are addicted could then come forward for help without fear of being jailed , because theyed be breaking no laws. they would need help though because the supply would drop off
    of course I realize that many will come forward to say this is wrong to defend their phony baloney jobs. (because they would be eliminated, with a vast savings to the expenses of running this country..

    March 13, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  99. Belhimer, Washington DC

    Jack, of course they should do, this is another war with a threat similar to what we know in Afghanistan and others. It can be also a war without end if the USA will fail to deal successfully with their causes; I mean poverty, ignorance, corruption, absence of democracy and the state of law. The cooperation between the US and Mexican government is vital. We ne to prevent wars not to continue fighting without end, with all the problems to the country and our soldiers.

    M. Belhimer, Washington DC

    March 13, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  100. Joe Ballard

    YES! Better still a cooperitive effort with the Mexican government with troops allowed to go on missions with the Mexican military and vice versa. If we cannot have a secure relationship with our neighbors then all the drumbeating we do around the world seems pointless. Stablizing our own region seems to me that it should be a top priority.
    Joe in Las Vegas NV Where room rates are down!

    March 13, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  101. Adam

    You should ABSOLUTELY send troops to the border! Mexico is second only to Israel in posing a long-term threat to American national security!

    Mt. Pearl, Newfoundland

    March 13, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  102. bj

    yes the U.S. should send troops to our border its our border duh its supposed to be protected its like they are taking our security and our rights but the war on drugs will always be a failure how can you stop something that never goes away you deal with it either you legalize it and tax SUCH AS MARIJUANA WHICH IS JUST A PLANT and make restriction and profit or lose money to fight and try to get rid of something thats ALWAYS going to be here.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  103. Jim, SC

    Jack; Sending troops to the border should be a last resort. We should address several issues first. Tighten up border security with more Agents, better inspections, increase penalties for illegal entry, and stop the flow of guns and ammo South. If violence does not subside or increases, send in the Marines.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  104. John in Seattle

    No. This is yet another example of the ridiculous cost of our War on Drugs. To win the battle against addiction, we must educate people. Locking people up for a personal choice is stupid and expensive. And American morons won't let the government build more prisons to house these people they wish lock up. (Another cost we could save by legalizing drugs.) This idiotic war on drugs hasn't changed the addiction rate one percentage point. And to stop the flow of drugs, you need to stop demand. You can't do that by locking people up.

    People in poor areas of the world are only trying to make a living off the plants Americans demand. The evil drug lords are created when governments make a high demand commodity illegal. Prohibition is what created the American mob. It continues to sustain the Mexican mob.

    Crop dusting the livelihood of poor people, only gets us leftist governments elected in Latin America (not to mention the Middle East). Americans need to stop being so judgemental, and wake up. Especially those of you who use alcohol. Like most of our elected officials, for example. Or you Jack. It is amazing how many alcoholics are opposed to legalizing drugs. Alcohol is one fo the most damaging drugs ever discovered, on par with heroin.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  105. Ryan

    This is an interesting topic. I am of the train of thought that it is only a matter of time before the violence spills over the border. Having extensive military training myself I can tell you that law enforcement is simply no match for what will be coming at them nor is the Border Patrol. Legilization should be done concurrently as well. Why continue this waste of resources in terms this war on drugs? We could solve three problems at once here including undocumented workers sneaking across the border. The sheer cost of illigal aliens is staggering in education and public health. This is a pragmatic statement of the facts which may not sit well with some but it is true.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  106. AspenFreePress

    No! Calderon is losing control of Mexico because he became president of that country in a stolen election, not because of a drug war. Mexico has always had a ready availabily of illegal drugs and prostitution. Mexicans view the U.S.-educated Calderon as an elitist and U.S. puppet who wants American troop intervention to forestall a feared revolution in the making. Mexico is starting to unravel under Calderon because he doesn't have the respect of Mexicans. Sterling Greenwood/Aspen Free Press

    March 13, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  107. Harmon Marshall

    Ninety % of the guns confiscated on the border are from the U.S. and we are the major consumers of illegal drugs. Sending troops would be a joke if the guns and consumption issues are not addressed.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  108. Dee


    March 13, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  109. Tom McAvoy

    Jack, One of the best ways to get the mexican situation under control would be tocut off the + 2000 guns that cross the border from the US. Thiis would of course involve the co-operation of the "gun nuts in the NRA. They have never co-operated with any commen sense action regarding any kind of gun control, so I guess this idea would fall into that category. Short of that Put soldiers on the border to inspect every shipment going across the border and stop the gun traffic. I know this is wishful thanking but it is the ol\nly thin that will work

    Tom McAvoy – Newark, Delaware

    March 13, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  110. JD

    Hi Jack,

    As the father of an ex drug-addicted son I speak with authority. Drugs that came from Mexico ruined his life. The United States should recognize the real terrorists in our country. How many lives have been taken, or ruined, because of the filth sent north from Mexico? Many, many more than 9/11. By all means, use our military or whatever is available to stop this pestilence that is taking or ruining the lives of so many.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  111. Nesly From Brooklyn, NY

    The question should not be if.... but what are we waiting for? That's the only solution right now...The state of this crisis is so gruesome that are our options are limited. those drug lords are so mobilized that they wont surrender unless they are fully defeated......

    March 13, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  112. KimSmith, Dodge City, Kansas

    Sending troops to the Mexican border is the very least we should do, and with shoot-to-kill orders. Our country has put up with the problems that come from Mexico for far too long, so let's stop pretending things will ever get better there and seal off the border.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  113. Gregory-- USA

    Yes.. Send troops.. Are full power. Days of old are gone. Close our bases over seas. Stop the Drugs..

    March 13, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  114. Tony in IL


    Drugs are a big problem in this country, not to mention the illegal immigrants that come across the border from Mexico. Why wouldn't terrorists try to enter the US this way. That's why we have soldiers in Iraq & Afghanistan, so why wouldn't we have troops at the borders. Protect our country first, others second.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  115. Wisconsin Don

    Sending troops there would be the right thing to do. So we have to assume that it won't be done. Maybe an air drop of Pelosi 8 x 10's would be just as effective.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  116. Jason, Galion OH

    Jack, we should send armed troops to help our border patrol hold the line down there, but that should only be part of our stratagy. We should permantly move some of our military bases close to our southern border as well. Mexican military vehicles have illegally crossed our border hundreds of times in assistance to flesh smugglers and drug lords. A large ready force is needed to gain control of our border, anything less puts our men at risk with no real gains at all.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  117. Justin in TX

    The problem isn't legally owned firearms in the U.S. The problem is the lack of security on the border. Sealing the border would prevent the flow of drugs and violence into our country, and keep our legally owned firearms out of the hands of the Drug Cartels. Why is it we can monitor the Iranian/Iraq border so well, and not the border in my back yard? Send the troops!

    March 13, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  118. Oregon Wally Las Vegas Nevada

    Sure, instead of having our troupes in Germany, playing war games , etc we could use them on our boarders. also if we legalized marijuana , not hard drugs, we would not only make added tax money we need , but would give the drug cartels less reason for sending pot in here for profit..

    March 13, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  119. Gregory-- USA

    I think Buba on our side of the border could just smile at them and say "Come on Across and see what happens"... We don't need another countries permission to have our troops on our side of the border.. Stop them. Stp them PLEASE.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  120. Sam - GA

    Jack, the US needs to be as tough as the Canadians are with their borders. Enough said.

    Sam – Atlanta

    March 13, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  121. Alan-Buxton, Maine

    Considering that Mexican drug cartels are the biggest organized crime threat facing America it seems to be a no-brainer. This needs to be addressed and troops are certainly the way to accomplish the task. If this situation is allowed to progress there will be far more deaths to follow.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  122. George, New Jersey

    I think we should send troops over the border because the Mexican government clearly can't handle the problem. Also, this will spread into Texas and deeper into the U.S.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  123. Greg Mechanicsburg, PA

    That would be wise, Jack. We are being invaded. Or… Didn’t we invite them in? We legislate laws that criminalize the use of drugs based on knee-jerk conservativism. We set up prohibition and made the Drug Lords who they are today just like we helped build up the Mafia during THE Prohibition. We haven’t learned a thing. We have imprisoned our kids for doing something stupid, something that many of us older folks have tried and mostly got away with it.

    You want to stop the violence? Let’s use our heads and pass some intelligent legislation that truly protects our kids and neighborhoods. Let’s get the drugs off the street, control them and tax them and remove any profits that invite organized crime to abuse our children and threaten our freedom. Let’s do it now.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  124. johnchristopher saskatchewan

    Sure, the U.S. has soldiers in many, many foriegn countries and seem poised to militarize the whole world and out in space too. Why not start patrolling the domestic borders. What a sad excuse for civilization.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  125. HD in AZ

    Jack, President Bush should have done this immediately after the 9/11 disaster. Our troops should never have been in Iraq and they should have been protecting the southern borders of the USA. I blame the bush administration for a great deal of the guns, drugs and illegal aliens that traffic back and forth across the Mexican border as our troops could have truly been protecting the USA and its interests by defending our borders instead of fighting and dying in an illegal unconstitutional war in Iraq which really had nothing to do with making us safe.

    HD in Arizona

    March 13, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  126. David Patnode

    DHPatnode , Fort Covington NY

    The Pentagon should have been on the phone with the Mexican govt. getting clearance to send troops across the border a week ago. This kind of open hostility that close to the US border is the most direct threat to our citizens on there own soil since 911. To stand on the sidelines and do nothing while the Mexican govt. struggles out manned and outgunned, squandering an unprecedented opportunity to deliver a potentially fatal blow to the mexican drug Cartel is irresponsible. We went in after Noriega, quite successfully all those years ago, this is no different, what are we waiting for? The time to strike is now. Go in- in force and crush them.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  127. David, Tampa, Fl

    In the case of California, Arizona and New Mexico by all means send troops. Texas has Chuck Norris, the chop-saki pseudo cop, and a lot of good old boys spoilin for a fight that no longer want to be a part of this country, in their case send troops to California, Arizona and New Mexico.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  128. Don Johnson

    Jack, No troops, no way! Not ours, not Mexico's! If either the US legalizies drugs or Mexico legalizes drugs, the price would drop and the incentive of huge tax-free profits would disappear. People will still use drugs, but the shooting will practically cease and the billions of dollars being poured into a failed government policy can be poured into another failed government policy.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  129. Kathy

    Looks like the free trade agreement is working. Guns one way drugs the other. Life just don't get any better.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  130. Harry

    Human rights first.
    Stop Merida Initiative.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  131. Gregg from San Diego

    Jack, by ALL means send the troops, but make sure you're commited and send lots of them. And be serious about the mission. No PC. As Colin Powell used to say; "overwhelming force".Make that border as tight as a gnat's fanny in both directions. Control it completely with no compromise. Mexico has to have some skin in this as well. There must be consequences for their failure to do participate. Diplomacy for the Mexican gov't., overwhelming force for the bad guys.Not that I have any strong feelings about this subject.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  132. D.M.

    Jack...What the Hell are we waiting for ? The Drug problem in this country has been going on for Decades. How many Kids have to die overdosing and how many Innocent people have to be victims of Crime because of Drugs before the Government gets serious ? Send as many troops that it takes NOW. Talk about it and TWEEK IT LATER.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  133. Diane Dagenais Turbide


    there is not a simple answer...would sending troops increase the violence if seen as provocation from drug dealers in Mexico; is it better to increase equipped border patrols to reduce the guns from going to Mexico and improve technical support to Mexico with better equipment while looking at how to fix internal gang drug problems. I do not beleive in legalizing hard drugs but something has to be done for marijuana even if I do not use any as long as we have the same test available for testing people if they are driving under the influence i.e. alcohol and marijuana since I do not think you can drink, smoke and drive!!!

    March 13, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  134. Robert

    History has shown that nations protect thier porders and citizens with thier military. That is what the military is for. There is a threat to our south and we must be ready. Be proactive and do something now and not wait for innocent blood to be spilled on the streets of America! We dont need our police, elected officials and neighbors/friends to be executed by the cartels. Our President and government is suppose to protect us from foreign enemies, so protect us!

    March 13, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  135. Ronald Holst

    GEE JACK THIS IS A Difficult one To give an answer to but I will TRY .
    YES SEND THEM I am Tired OF hearing about the Drugs headed in to this Country Not To mention one of the biggest Drags on our Economy All Off the Illegals that come and just take and what do they give back besides The Rising Cost Of medical Because These Free Load Reds Go To the Emergency Rooms And Let even one else pick up there Tabs
    Or Demand Food Stamps Education and all of the Rest that They Demand that They are entitled To up to and including the High price to keep the ones that break other laws in prison .
    If It Takes the Military Then Do IT.
    Ronald San Antonio TEXAS .

    March 13, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  136. kevvlargg

    If this means protecting whats left of the american dream then why not...

    March 13, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  137. Marcelle

    Yes, we need to send TROOPS actually to ouf borders to assist our Border Patrol Agents in regaining control over who comes in and out of this country.

    I'm specifically speaking of the TEXAS border which was ignored by the previous administration and in fact assisted one of the top drug dealers in putting two of our HEROIC agents in jail. This jerk was released and rearrested in Florida last year selling drugs.

    George Bush refused to back our agents and did not give the ok for them to be released until, I think it was his last day in office and then with strings. He should have given them a FULL PARDON.

    Why would anyone want to take the job of Border Patrol if their own government will not back them! I think you get my drift!

    March 13, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  138. Pugas-AZ

    Troops should be on the border and separated from the political BS around this whole subject. These troops should be armed and dangerous to those that threaten to further degrade our country. The gun dealers selling weapons to the drug creeps should be put on notice that they will be severly punished for their behavior.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  139. Barbie Sosna

    No U.S. drug buyers, no Mexican drug traffic.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  140. Ken from Texas

    Looks like Lou Dobbs was right about needing to fence the whole border. Not just to keep out illegals and drugs, but to keep out the violence. The U.S.-Mexican border is the only one in the world where a First World country is up against a Third World country, and Mexico's Third World ills are flowing into the U.S. unimpeded.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  141. Jim Cureton

    They should only be sent if the Pentagon can articulate a strategic goal, a tactical plan to accomplish it, and a credible exit strategy. Do I sound paranoid, or like guy trying to learn from History.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  142. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If the U.S. supports Israel's right to protect themselves and their borders when threatened, we have the right to do the same. If the Mexican government truly wants our support in fighting drug lords, then they should have no problem with our troops protecting our borders.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  143. Dottie,AZ

    Yes, send in the National Guard to protect our Border. The border with Mexico has been vulnerable far too long. We rush in to help other countries secure their borders while neglecting our own. Legalize marajuana and collect the money these drug czars are getting & put them out of business here in the US.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  144. Omar from Del Rio

    My boss and I watched this story on cnn and thought we'd have a unique perspective on the issue, being that we're Americans of Mexican decent, and live in a border town. Though the problem of crime is one not to be taken lightly, sending federal troops is just another band-aid on the gun shot wound. The fact is, Mexico is a poor country connected to a rich country. So lets develop a better relationship with Mexico and help them improve their economy, so that desperate measures on their side can be reduced. Our military won't have to use their resources to temporarily stop an endless supply of desperate people joining the last "organizations" in Mexico that will actually pay them money, the cartels. We spend too much money sending troops thousands of miles away to give another country what our neighbor already wants and needs, while their violence spills onto our side. Do the math. Thanks.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  145. Dean in Pa


    No, at least not till Mexico sends troops to their border and stops the illegals from coming our way.
    At least guns are selling in this economy, and it's boosting trade with Mexico.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:35 pm |

    Yes, Jack, PLEASE let's have protection of our own borders for a change. Let's stop being the 'world police' and police our own backyard for a change. Let's stop this senseless violence and greed from overtaking our southern region. Let's stop it before innocent Americans start getting killed.

    Looking out for our own people for a change would be an incredible change for this country.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  147. T Walton (portland, OR)

    Stop the US Demand for Cocaine, Stop the Cartels. Simple.

    Funny we have troops in every other country on earth except our own. Idiocy.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  148. Greg, Ontario

    Only if they are allowed to shoot. If not they are just another expensive decoration like that fence.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  149. Harold Avery

    Build the entire fence and use the National Guard to patrol it. The gaurds is to protect our security. Seems like a much better use than Iraq.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  150. Jim El Paso Tx.

    Jack...I live across the border from Juarez, the deadliest city along the border an think we should absolutely have troops here. In my 50 years here I've seen the problem escalate to this point and all the while the politicians locally an nationally turn a blind eye to it so as not to offend our "neighbors" to the South. To hell with them! Between the drugs and illegals coming across we are an have been INVADED. Mexico has been nothing but a drain on our way of life for a long time and it needs to come to an end.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  151. Karl from SF, CA

    Finally! You mean the troops we should have sent years ago? I guess it wasn't part of Bush's cheap labor for his friends policy to make us safer. Is this how terrorist get in too? Securing the borders. What an interesting concept.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  152. Belle in Las Vegas

    Why secure our borders to prevent needless deaths and kidnapping when we can send them overseas?

    Right now the death toll from the drug cartel in Mexico stands at 7,000. That is almost double 9/11. What happens when the drug cartel decides that the United States doesn't matter either?

    March 13, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  153. James L.

    Em..........doesn't America already do that, there called Boader Patrol and the number of them have increased, along with the building of that stupid fence.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  154. Ron K

    Hi Jack:

    Without question. I live in a border town. Tijuana is riddled with violence because of drug trafficers. These thugs would not think twice about causing chaos on this side of the border.

    Ron San Diego

    March 13, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  155. james sloan

    No. When the revolution starts, it won't be neccessary. Jim Sloan / Bangkok

    March 13, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  156. Russell

    Of course! American cash is the number one financial contributor to the decay of the Mexican society. And the goods purchased in return some would argue is the number one reason for crime in America. Why would the frontline on the decades old war on drugs be taken lightly?

    March 13, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  157. Pam Wishon

    We need to protect our borders. This could be our next big national security area.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  158. Jim, from Las Vegas

    How about we ship one gun to Mexico for every illegal immigrant from there? Maybe then Mexico will get the message that if they want our help for their violence they need to cooperate with us on immigration.

    In the meantime, yes, send troops and tell em to shoot on sight anyone crossing over except at the checkpoints.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  159. Michael Zechman

    Mike from PA........It's invasion of our border plain and simple. If that's not what the military's for, then I don't know what. But I also feel the war on drugs futile. We are throwing money into a bottomless pit. You WILL NOT stop drugs from entering this country as long as the demand is there.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  160. AndyZ Lynn, MA

    Of course we should send troops. Do we not want to control who enters our country, the way laws say we are supposed to? Sorry, forgot both parties sold out to get cheap labor. Troops on the border would impede the flow of "ILLEGALS!"

    March 13, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  161. michael armstrong

    dear jack they should have troops sent here yesterday our nathional security is in grave danger we are under attack and if we dont act now the state of texas will become overwhealmed and the the first state to fall to the hands of mexican cartell we are at war .

    March 13, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  162. James, Sun City CA

    Let's not invade Mexico, Jack. Let's do what we can, short of military action on our part, to help them. In the short term that's all we should do. Marijuana is California's largest cash crop, worth about seven billion dollars a year. The only real solution to this cross border crime is to legalize pot, sell it under carefully controlled procedures, and tax it. Everyone wins except the drug cartels. In fact, they are very likely behind the anti-marijuana movement in the United States!

    March 13, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  163. Sandra Frazier

    to quote an elpasotime.com/juarez article of March 12, 2009:

    "Mexican drug cartels are the biggest organized crime threat to the United States, a top Homeland Security official told a House panel Thursday.
    The department is concerned enough about the escalating violence on the southwest border that its plans to respond to the situation includes - as a last resort - deploying military personnel and equipment to the region if Homeland Security Department agencies should be overwhelmed, said Roger Rufe, the department's head of operations."
    My question is, why wait for the "last resort"? If the cartels are the BIGGEST ORGANIZED CRIME THREAT to the United States, why not NIP IT IN THE BUD?! Not wait until "last resort"!

    March 13, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  164. Zemerai

    Yes, they should send troops to the U.S. side of the border to help the local authorities. Those poor guys are understrength and would be in a great disadvantage against some of the gunmen running drugs and planting terror along the border. The bad guys have prior military training. It is a mistake to expect local law enforcement to out gun, out manuver and out spend an enemy with a greater budget and sometimes better training than our local authorities. why not set up a task force with federal agents, local law enforcement, national guardsmen and special Forces advisors to deal with the situation on our side of the border? Aggressive patrolling of the borders, focusing on closing down their smuggling routes, among other things, would greatly dimmish their ability to continue to fund their organization. We should also set up a similar task force to help advise the Mexican government, but we should make it clear it's their job to lead the fight in Mexico. It needs to be a joint effort overall, but we sure need to help those states on our side of the border first. That's a no brainer.

    Zemerai Los Angeles, California

    March 13, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  165. Salvador Rios

    Absolutely, the US should send troops to help at the borders.
    Their first mission: start searching all traffic for illegal arms/weapons going towards Mexico from US; secondly patrol the remote parts of the border with Mexico to stop drugs from coming into the US and guns from going into Mexico from the US. What a concept!

    March 13, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  166. glenn andrew in Texas

    Pancho Villa raided columbus, New Mexico in 1916. If we don't remember this lesson, we will get a chance to learn it again. It wasn't the Mexican Government that invaded the U.S., but rather criminal elements from Mexico that the Mexican government could not control. Does that sound familiar? We need to move troops to the U.S.-Mexican border to protect against incursions.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  167. Kim - Blair, NE

    YES! And none too soon.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  168. Michael Schwaller

    We have the border problem, Jimmy Carter talking about human rights and record unemployment yet I can't even apply for a job at our under staffed border crossings because I'm over 40. I'm sure I could catch a parked car as well as most.
    EQUAL opportunity doesn't apply to US government?


    March 13, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  169. Xavier G. N.

    If the Mexican government or communities ask, then yes. However, I'm sure enforcement powers there would waste those troops time trying to turn them into border patrol agents. If they are sent, it should be for the sole reason of curbing mob- styled violence alone. Maybe we should rethink our drugs laws to help push these big time players out of the game.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  170. Amy

    Unfortunately it seems like the only option we have. The Mexican government can't control these criminals and we have to protect ourselves from all the violence that's spilling over into the US. "Surveillance" can only do so much. It's our military's job to protect us; there doesn't have to be a war going on to do so. The thugs want to throw the US into chaos next; we can't let it happen.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  171. Betty---IN.

    Yes, as we should have long ago, not only to protect our country from the cartel & guns, but while we are at it keep more of the illegals out. We need to enforce our own laws while we are at it & deport the ones that are already here, We might reap the rewards of more jobs & less drugs & violence in our on land. That would be a welcome change!

    March 13, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  172. Richard

    Isn't the job of the National Guard to guard the nation? If there is a threat at the border, let them do their job. It's not just money for college you know.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  173. Abe Romero

    Yes, the U.S sends troops to Germany every year for military exercises. Instead sending troops to the borders serves the same thing and it is a money saver.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  174. Chad from Los Angeles, CA

    How bout just send drone airships and drop bombs on the border area. Just like we do in Pakistan.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  175. Daniel

    The obvious answer is yes. But since we (Canadians) enjoy watching your government do nothing but talk about ideas with little to no logical actions, please do not. We need the comedy of your impotent government.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  176. Carl

    As an original "Minuteman", I can say, "We told you so!" Had there been a complete closure of the border several years ago, the cartel business (human traffickiing and drug trafficking) would have stopped. And with that, the multi-billion dollar, Mexican government sponsored invasion. Forget supporting Mexico's corrupt military, but rather this: build the fence and militarize our side of the border. Finally, make Mexico this deal...Take back your 30 million criminal invaders who have destabilized our culture and economy, and we'll stop sending the massive gun shipments that are destabilizing yours. For years the Mexican government has told us that the drug issue was ours because of our demand. Well, now we can say that about Mexico's need for guns!!!

    March 13, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  177. charles

    The U.S. wont get 100% involved until a U.S official gets killed. Besides who will we send, the trigger happy Army so they can add to the 6200 dead already?

    March 13, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  178. Edlin

    No. As of now the gun fights are still on the other side of the border, if troops are sent in now, it will bring the fight to this side of the border.

    March 13, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  179. Katja in Bradenton, Florida

    YES!!! Take the troops out of Iraq and bring them home to secure our borders. Illegals are taking over and the federal government is doing nothing. Our kids will be on home soil and the drug trade should slow down.

    March 13, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  180. Casey

    Sending troops to the border will do one thing: get people killed. Good guys, bad guys and anyone who might just be in the neighborhood. Of course the situation is a mess and people are already dying but this is merely symptomatic of the continued ideology that a "war on drugs" can be won. There is no simple answer to the problems involved here but one thing we can be certain of is that more guns and bullets doesn't end with less drug trafficking, there will always be plenty of drugs to be had, it ends with more death, desperation and violence against the innocent.

    March 13, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  181. Ms. Priss - Birmingham, AL

    Jack, I don't care if we're in a recession or not. It will depend on whether or not the incumbent is on the payroll of lobbyists. Those who have been in office for a while generally are being paid to vote against the interest of the American people. I don't know about anyone else, but I voted for change. If these incumbents are going to be an obstacle to the change the majority of Americans voted for in November, we should force them to seek other employment by throwing them out of office.

    March 13, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  182. Kat in Austin

    How bad does it have to get before we take action?

    The Mexican military cannot control the criminals and we should not care what they think.

    We should protcect our people and our borders.

    March 13, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  183. Richard from Florida

    Jack NO troops to the Mexican border.Dont we have enough problems
    My son is in Afganistan and I just heard from him in 15 days .For those who say send troop.SEND YOUR SON ,not mine. I 'm from Texas and there is alot of talk from mostly republican Gov. ,again they
    run scared. This is Mexico's problem not ours.

    March 13, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  184. Dave Paquin

    Supply and Demand: Jail the U.S. users and cut the demand for drugs. Our country is causing problems around the world with our strong demand for drugs. Getting tough on users instead of a handslap may help solve the problem.

    March 13, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  185. Richard from Florida

    This for H. Gardner of Shelby N.C send the troops coming back from Iraq. for you G.T.H .One of those troops is my son.

    March 13, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  186. julian

    no, end reagans idiotic war on drugs and move on to something more important. Its funny how the same people, who rally on and on about the government leaving their individual rights alone ie the right to own dangerous assault rifle, are also the same people who are pro-life and anti-drug. legalize it, tax it, and relax.

    March 13, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  187. Katiec Pekin, IL

    If we have any left, yes we should. And, do not know if we shouldn't get involved in the war with drug cartels.
    U.S is wide open to Mexico and between the illegal drugs, illegal immigrants and the terrorist infiltrating Mexico we have a real problem on our hands.

    March 13, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  188. Philip from Toronto

    As a Canadian observer, don't do it...why do you want another war you can't win?

    March 13, 2009 at 5:39 pm |

    The border patrol does not have enough Officers to patrol the borders. They should put the military to at least hunt down the drug smugglers entering our country illegally. They should also eliminate rules of engagement to include not having to read them their Miranda rights. That would stop 70% of drug trafficing dead in its tracks

    March 13, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  190. David In Georgia

    Definitely, Their job is to preserve and protect our sovereignty. Both illegal immigration and the importation of drugs present a "Clear and Present Danger". Military action to secure our borders should have been taken long ago.

    March 13, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  191. S Callahan New York (the new tech valley, Captial District)

    Legalizing and taxing it too death would be logical but economics of the country wouldn't allow it...too many things are dependent on the consequence of drugs (rehabs, hospitals, therapists , police,funeral homes, casket purchases..get the picture?). Besides, don't we have a web site uploading the border by the second for our 'informal sherrifs' to partrol online?

    March 13, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  192. Jerry Harris

    Need to shut the border down completely, allow only those persons that have a visa or passport to enter this country,

    March 13, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  193. Don in Grand Rapids, Mi

    Yes, and roundup every illegal and drop them over the fence, it would be the best stimulus this great counrty could receive.

    March 13, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  194. Charlotte

    What troops? We're stretched beyond the breaking point as it is.

    March 13, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  195. Warren Peace

    Well lets see, the US has been oh so successful at being the worlds police so why not add send troops to Mexico to add to the list of successes we have had with policing the world.

    March 13, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  196. Allen in Hartwell GA

    As far as I'm concerned we need to maintain a military presence on all our borders – land and sea. What good is the military if they are not protecting our soil and our citizens?

    March 13, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  197. Adrian Brandenburg

    Im a Californian and now i live in Hawaii. I just dont understand how the borders is in such a mess? I think we need a overload of border protection just like all the airports have and on top of that their is alot of illegal activity of smuggling people in and sometimes people make way more doing that then smuggling drugs in. Its very sad to see that my sister is addicted to haroin and knowing that the some mexies are bringing in the drugs. im for legal marijuana and i dont even smoke it. but i know alot of people that do and i think that the pharmas. are lobbing to keeping it illigal because marijuana can do alot of good for alot of people. they have ways of smoking it more safely in a vaporizers

    March 13, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  198. coraine frm jamaica

    They should send troops to the border, the drug cartel classifies as terrorist, if u vow to protect america and its people then do it, the police and border patrol obviously can't handle the pressure so send in the big guns, and while you are at it send a few troops to jamaica to cut our crime rate, I would pay for that myself.

    March 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  199. Markus

    It's incredible how far people go to defend imaginary borders.

    March 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  200. Vicente V.

    Jack your 15 years too late. If we send troops to the border what will that do? Besides protect this side of the border. There will still be violence on the Mexican side of the border. But what do you care that people are getting their heads cut-off, Right, Jack.
    Vicente Houston,TX

    March 13, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  201. David In Georgia

    We need to get our troops out of foreign countries, who don't even want them, and put them to good use.

    Also, the wasteful and futile war on drugs should crease immediately. It has never been, and never will be, possible to legislate morality.

    March 13, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  202. Samilton

    Yes, to protect our interest and keep illegal folks out. I don't know why it has taken us so long to consider it.

    March 13, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  203. arthur mcgee

    Yes, we should send troops to the Mexican border before a U.S. citizen is killed. We should protect our side of the border.

    March 13, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  204. Frank

    As long as there is a demand for drugs and weapons to buy here in the US this chaos will never stop.

    March 13, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  205. Luis

    No, we should not send any troops to the border this will only increase crime!!!!, the cartel will shoot at them for fun, then we will have to spend even more money to stop them.

    March 13, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  206. Joan: Burlington, Vt

    Absolutely - but we have to give them clear objectives and the authority to carry out the mission. We also have to do something about the hundreds of tunnels under our border.

    March 13, 2009 at 6:47 pm |