Prompted by “Unwilling to face reality, we just throw more money at it”: http://www.drugwarrant.com/2015/01/unwilling-to-face-reality-we-just-throw-more-money-at-it/
“The U.S. has to date provided $2.1 billion to Mexico to combat drug trafficking in the country under the Mérida Initiative – which is pejoratively known as ‘Plan Mexico.’ While the Initiative is loosely modeled after a similar effort in Colombia, many critics claim that it is doing more harm than good – citing as evidence the widespread corruption in Mexico’s civil police forces and a soaring murder rate since its implementation.”
“Hey, why change your approach when you’ve got one that’s failed so spectacularly for so many years?”
This is a nice and simple post for me, because the first commenter there nailed the answer…
There is no such thing as a persistent, failed policy. The status quo has a powerful constituency in whoever stands to benefit more than they would by reform.
I’m sure Mexico’s police don’t consider it a failure, nor, it seems, do Obama and Peña Nieto.
We’re just starting to prevail on the state level. I don’t think we’re organized and motivated enough to compete with national and international interests yet.”
Even during my pre-morning-coffee state of mind, I can see the nutshell brilliance in that answer.
I have so much more to say about that fundamental situation, but for now, I need to enjoy my morning caffeinated drug and then revise Stress Health website content relevant to that situation.