Will Obama Take On Soros's "Mexican" Drug War Against the U.S.?
January 3, 2009 • 2:26AM

With Mexican-based drug cartels having gang members in over 200 U.S. cities, President-elect Obama will face an immediate crisis of escalating violence from Mexican drug cartels battling for a greater U.S. market share, the lead story in today's Washington Times blares.

The National Drug Intelligence Center/U.S. Justice Department reported in the April 2008 report titled "Cities in which Drug Trafficking Organizations Operate in the United States," that Mexican cartels operate in at least 195 U.S. cities, in every state except Montana and Vermont. By the time the National Drug Threat Assessement 2009 report was released in mid-December, they operated in 230 cities.

Inside Mexico, anywhere from 4,000 to 5,300 people were killed in drug-related violence in 2008, depending on the source. At least 450 Mexican police officers and soldiers have been killed since January 2007. In June, Congress passed legislation to provide Mexico with $400 million for law enforcement training and equipment, but this does not include weapons for the vastly outgunned Mexican police forces (see McCaffrey report). President George W. Bush has tried to shut down the NDIC since 2005, including in his 2009 budget.

The Washington Times reports that President-elect Obama has said his Administration will target transnational gangs, violence, drugs, and organized crime. Obama said, "It's time to work together to find the best practices that work across the hemisphere, and to tailor approaches to fit each country." He will direct his Attorney General, Eric Holder, and Homeland Security Director, Janet Napolitano to "sit down with all their counterparts in the Americas during my first year in office. We need tougher border security, and a renewed focus on busting up gangs and traffickers crossing our border. As President, I'll make it clear that we're coming after the guns; we're coming after the money laundering, and we're coming after the vehicles that enable this crime."

This will not please George Soros, the number-one funder of drug legalization efforts in the United States, who thought he had bought the Democratic Party.

As we reported, Obama's Transition website supplied the curt answer, ""The President-elect does not support marijuana decriminalization" to a "Round One" question arguing for it. In "Round Two" of questions, whose answers are to appear in coming days, three more questions on drug decriminalization appear.