“ As anyone who has reported from Mexico knows, the line between incompetence and corruption is often too thin to discern.”
James Virini, while reporting on botched U.S. gun policing and the Mexican perception of them in Foreign Policy. The above quote could be applied to pretty much anything.
Drug wars, or really any covert actions, yield strange bedfellows. Beyond the main example of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and cartel leader “El Chapo” (whether intentional or otherwise) is the Mexican populace’s growing admiration of the GOP congressmen drawing attention to the arms leakage:
In the meantime, U.S. Rep. Issa has become something of a hero in Mexico, though the irony of this is lost on most Mexicans — he was a supporter of California’s Proposition 187, which attempted to deny noncitizens basic government services. Since the 1990s, Issa has opposed comprehensive immigration reform and joined the Immigration Reform Caucus, a hard-line enforcement group founded by nativist barnstormer Tom Tancredo. And — Holder might mention this the next time he goes before the chairman — Issa was once arrested for illegal gun possession.
This is what happens when you name your ultra-secret operation after a Vin Diesel vehicle. (Via Foreign Policy)