YOU THINK THE CARTELS ARE SCARY NOW? JUST WAIT

You think the Cartels are scary NOW? Just wait…

Posted on November 15 2019

YOU THINK THE CARTELS ARE SCARY NOW? JUST WAIT…

Posted on November 15 2019

Who could’ve guessed that the cartels would become an army at our gates? Jeff Kirkham pretty much nailed it three years ago when he sent me a video exposé on the simmering conflict between the Fundamentalist Mormons of Ciudad Juarez and the cartels. “Dude. This is going to get hairy,”…

Who could’ve guessed that the cartels would become an army at our gates?

Jeff Kirkham pretty much nailed it three years ago when he sent me a video exposé on the simmering conflict between the Fundamentalist Mormons of Ciudad Juarez and the cartels.

“Dude. This is going to get hairy,” Jeff Kirkham, a 28-year Special Forces vet predicted when he showed me the video. “They’re becoming a military force.”

Jeff spent over eight years, boots on the ground, in Afghanistan and time in at least half-a-dozen other wars zones. When Jeff makes a call on future military history, I listen.

After that, we war-gamed a cartel incursion into the United States after an economic collapse. We figured the military and ICE would hold them back no problem during good times. But if the American economy faltered, then they could come at us like hungry rats hiding in the woodshed.

Jeff and I trade questions like what kind of weapons would they steal? How hard would would American patriots fight them? What if the cartel got their hands on serious weapons, like M1 Abrams tanks?

Black Autumn: Conquistadors, Available on Amazon

Not surprisingly, we spun up a fiction novel about the scenario—a novel that happened to release in Amazon eleven days after the cartel massacred nine ex-patriot Americans south of the border. Two weeks before that, the Sinaloa Cartel defeated the Mexican National Guard in Culiacan, Sinaloa after the government tried to arrest the son of Chapo Guzman. The drug lords fielded light-armored trucks with mounted M2 Brownings in addition to scores of drug soldiers flashing AK-47s in open insurrection against the Mexican government.

So what happens if our economy were to suddenly replay a high-octane version of the 2007-2008 collapse, as has been predicted by many? If the cartels are willing to strike the Mexican Army when they’re strong, would they have the cojones to strike the U.S. when it’s weak?

Here’s a question that came up while we researched the novel, Black Autumn Conquistadors: Where is the ammo for the A-10 Warthogs in Tucson, Arizona at the airbase? Wouldn’t they just spool up and vaporize a column of cartel gun trucks?

As best we can tell, the A-10 ammo waits 500 miles away from Tucson in an army depot manned by private security. We could be wrong on this, but we farmed the question out to hundreds of vets who should know, and we got a bunch of shrugged shoulders. As best we can tell, the National Guard would need a chunk of time before going to war with live ammo against a ground-based criminal invader. Based on the best research the inter web can provide, we’re not anywhere near as ready as we once were inside the U.S., and we’d be double-screwed if the economy had gone chaotic from sea to shining sea.

Today more than ever, we should be looking at our buddies and wondering, “Are we ready to protect our country against all enemies foreign and domestic, even without smart weapons and air platforms?”

This winter, with American babies killed in their car seats at the hands of cartel savages, it may behoove us to run a few extra wargaming exercises of our own, even if we’re no longer in military service. Or even if we never were.

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Never heard of this

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Definitely want to read his book. My wife has family in Mexico. Because of all the violence, though, we haven’t been able to visit in 10 years. Things seem to be getting worse down there, too. It’s a shame, too. Her family has a beautiful ranch in the scenic high plains of north central Mexico.

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And here’s an interesting article on the claim that some parts of Mexico have a parallel narco government.

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not the least bit worried about cartels attacking America in force, they can’t even join forces and share all the drug money…

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Cartels already have entire armies inside the US border, they’re spread throughout the entire country. Mexican street gangs. You can laugh if you want, but once all those drugs and humans being trafficked get across the border, the gangs are the distributors of the product as well as the bag boys that get the cash back across the border. I’ve been watching this crap for years…they feed us drugs, cheap labor and prostitutes and we supply them with billions of dollars to build larger and better equipped armies.

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Absolutely and the democrat party is assisting them

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Comanchero has a point. A big part of the blame lies with those in our own country that buy massive amounts of these drugs the cartels have to offer. The cartels profited from America’s high demand for them! And as America sent part of its wealth to feed its addiction, the cartels grew powerful enough to branch out into other criminal schemes, such as massive extortion against legitimate businesses, rampant political and governmental bribery, and frequent kidnappings of innocents who had nothing to do with them.

I’ve never done drugs and hope and pray my kids never try them and fall to their addictive tendencies. While in Court, I remember seeing heroin addicts crying about their addiction and feeling helpless and hopeless to stop that urge to inject themselves again. It was scary seeing what a strong addictive hold that particular drug had on him.

I don’t know what the answer is, but I believe part of the solution should involve drastically reducing America’s high demand for this junk. I have no idea how to do that, though. Our prisons are full of drug addicts, but once released many just go right back to using. You can even get drugs in prison. So I’m not sure that approach is working. Indeed, the cartels just seem to get richer and stronger.

We also finally convicted El Chapo, but nothing seems to have changed. In fact, it seems like things have gotten worse. His son’s organization just completely defeated the Mexican government’s forces who temporarily captured him.

I know many folks chant about building the wall. But as a former INS attorney, I know any wall can be easily defeated. Most of the illegal entries we caught in the border cities of San Ysidro and Calexico, California were from those who climbed over or crawled through holes in the existing border wall. And that doesn’t include the stuff that went through undetected through ports of entry or underneath in deep, sophisticated tunnels.

Anyway, I agree that something needs to be done or things will continue to worsen and our country’s security will suffer greater risks.

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I would not assume this to stay the norm. In a worst case scenario I see no reason why the individual cartels would not join forces if they felt it would give then a real advantage against an America possibly hobbled by a socio/economic event.

Additionally, and having talked to friends who live along the border region, the cartels are already running their own version of the “Ho Chi Minh trail” into this country. Differing cartel groups are already working together in this aspect.

Finally, when I was stationed at FLW in the 90’s our battalion did a border mission for JTF-6. We were specifically warned by CBP that the cartels had placed a $25,000 bounty on us for the capture of any American soldier working the section of the border we were working. Because of Posse Commitus we could not carry weapons and were guarded by CBP as well as seeing Mexican Army units on a daily basis just across the border where we worked.

The worst mistake we (selectively speaking about Americans) make is underestimating our adversaries. Saw that way too often in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Great post,

without core values how can anything work?

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And we see polititions that want to coddle and in some cases pay the people that consume the drugs that are poisoning our nation.

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Hard to defeat an enemy when 1/2 our government (the demoshits) are praising, paying, helping & encouraging them to invade us

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You guys had bounties, too? When I worked for INS in the mid-90’s along the California border the FBI told us we all had bounties from the Arellano-Felix cartel out of Tijuana. We got no protection, though, and California even refused to issue us carry licenses. God bless Texas for being a shall-issue state.

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I’m probably in the minority when I say this, but the Clinton Administration was the first that deported record numbers of aliens and significantly boosted INS funding. Its officials also were instrumental in drafting changes in immigration law making it much stricter than before and implementing administrative deportations without the need of a deportation order from an Immigration Judge. I know this because I personally worked on the latter and knew the INS attorneys that helped draft the legislation that passed in ‘97.

Then the Obama Administration was able to actually beat all previous deportation records. Mind you, this is criminal alien deportations. I don’t know the Trump Administration’s numbers, but I believe its focusing a lot on non-criminal alien overstays and those who entered without inspection. I’m sure its also focusing on criminal aliens, though, because those are easy cases - the states usually hand them over after they complete their sentences. So they’ve already been apprehended.

Anyway, just wanted to mention this not so much because I’m defending the Democrats’ platform (I’m an independent), but because I think it’s important to go beyond the usual political stereotyping as a means to better address national issues together in a bipartisan issue. It’s a shame that kind of collective problem solving seems to be lacking in these more politically divisive and partisan days, though.

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I agree, division does harm

unfortunately most stereotypes are earned :pensive:

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still not the least bit worried, IF anything like that happened the cartels first goal would be to take over Mexico…

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A Wall would work, IF it was the correct type of wall. political walls won’t stop anybody…We could easily stop 99.9% of Illegal border crossing IF we wanted to…We have the knowledge and tools to do so…If only we could get politics out of it. Thermal Imaging weapon systems, land mines, movement detection systems and drones could wreak havoc in a few weeks making crossing a Russian Roulette choice.

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Agreed, how many people go from North to South Korea? I know it is a shorter border but the concept would be the same.

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They already have. Believe as you wish, to each their own. Having friends and family in the southern part of Texas, and some of the stuff they have told me, only reinforce that the Cartels are a much bigger threat to this country than most will either recognize or admit.

Oh well, ignorance can be bliss-LOL.

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Yep. Pretty scary to think about now. Of course back then we laughed it off. The combination of youth, bravado and being in the military promoted a arrogant sense of being invincible. We were too cocky at times, to the point of doing some stupid stuff. Like going across the border on the weekends to Juarez. Even more stupid, we would sometimes cross the fence on site (back then a good portion of the “fence” was just barbed wire) and get pictures of ourselves in Mexico while in uniform. Really stupid when thinking back to those days from over 20 years ago.

Considering just how dangerous Mexico has become now and how much of the country is actually controlled by the Cartels, I cannot understand why anyone would think the Cartels are not a real threat to this country now.

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