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  • Opportunities for Clinton in Mexico

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton begins her first trip to Mexico today and Heritage scholars Ray Walser, James Roberts, and Jena Baker McNeill preview what Clinton needs to accomplish:

    Secretary Clinton needs to demonstrate to President Felipe Calderon and the Mexican people that the U.S. approaches the Mexican drug cartel crisis with a seriousness and commitment commensurate with the efforts and sacrifices made by America’s southern neighbor. Secretary Clinton must also convey the executive branch’s intention to reverse the decision on the NAFTA pilot trucking program in order to avoid an ugly and very costly trade dispute with Mexico. Finally, Secretary Clinton needs to inform her Mexican hosts that a secure border is not antithetical to good U.S.-Mexican relations.

    They conclude:

    Clinton has an opportunity to make progress on each of these three issues. If she can also build on the cooperation begun by the Bush Administration, demonstrate that the Obama Administration will make concerted efforts to rein in a runaway Congress, and, finally, reassure the American people that Administration views border security and Mexico’s stability as national security priorities, her visit to Mexico will be a success.

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    7 Responses to Opportunities for Clinton in Mexico

    1. E Paul Lian, Scotts says:

      I am one who always snickered, even laughed, at Hillary's campaign rhetoric regarding her "triumphs" in past diplomatic encounters when she was First Lady. Now she gets to stand on her own two feet and show her true skills as a negotiator and mediator. I predict she will achieve nothing with respect to Mexico and our shared drug problems with the cartels. Hillary, I wish you well, good luck to you in using your skills in dealing with a bunch of thugs, deadbeats and losers. The world awaits your next move.

    2. mike baker Dallas Ce says:

      Depend on Hillary. I can type it, but you can't make me say it out loud.

    3. Ingrid in Texas says:

      This so called crisis in Mexico was part of Hillarys' idea. Create chaos and make a trip to talk with the president and give him lots of money so the illegals will keep coming to the good ole U.S.A.

      If you read the Mexican newspapers, they do not have this big problem that our media is told to spew out. We (USA) created this problem in our military training the Zeta's and giving them lots of guns and ammo to take back to Mexico.

      Hillary NEVER HAD ANY PLANS TO BE PRESIDENT. IT WAS ALL A GREAT SKEAM AND IT WORKED, JUST AS THEY PLANNED.

    4. Claude Cornell says:

      Obama and Hillary both said they were going to improve America's image in the world. A big chunk of the world has always hated us, but they really love our money therefore they have to tolerate us.

      The U.S. has been the cash cow of the world and it has really been proven in the last several months. What would the rest of the world be like if all of a sudden all the foreign aid and handouts were gone. Probably most of the countries would go belly up. They want our money but our so-called image in the world is not going to change. With Hillary on the job it can only get worse. (reset ?) No class at all.

    5. Marshall Hill MI. says:

      Hillary has made the entire Border Issue another

      bad thing about America, that can not be blamed on anyone but America!

    6. Jimmy Konogeris, May says:

      1. Either Texas or the United States should have regarded all of Mexico within our "Manifest Destiny." Is it too late to make it retroactive?

      2. The next time BO sends our Secretary of State beyond the borders, send the "Queen Bee" (Pelosi) to accompany Hilary, perhaps together they can accenuate our effeminate gunboat diplomcy.

      3. Let's have a TEA PARTY!! Send one(1) tea bag per day to the White House or Congress/Senete in protest for the all current and future bailouts, added pork and unread laws/bills they have passed.

    7. Carol in az says:

      To; Jim K. in TX, FYI.

      I just found out about the "tea bags" from a friend on the East Coast. She stated that the Main line press is "not reporting" this any where. Hence I thought it was just an East Coast movement until you mentioned it here. Carol, AZ

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