Mexico Facing 'Insurgency,' Clinton Says : The Two-Way US Secretary of State compares the ongoing drug violence in Mexico to an insurgency. Mexico not so pleased with comparison.
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Mexico Facing 'Insurgency,' Clinton Says

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Alex Brandon hide caption

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Secretary of State Hilary Clinton made a major foreign policy speech at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. (I'll write about the speech, which was fascinating, later today). But she made some news (as so often happens) in the Q&A after the speech:

We face an increasing threat from a well-organized network, drug-trafficking threat that is, in some cases, morphing into or making common cause with what we would consider an insurgency, in Mexico and in Central America.

...And these drug cartels are now showing more and more indices of insurgency — you know, all of a sudden car bombs show up, which weren't there before.

So it's becoming — it's looking more and more like Colombia looked 20 years ago.

The Mexican government wasn't too psyched about the comparison. A spokesman told Euronews:

“Of course, we won’t comment on that,” he said, “given the fact that there’s a big difference between what Colombia faced back then and what we are facing right now. There are some similarities though.”

The violence in Mexico continues unabated. The third Mexican mayor was killed this month in the northern town of El Naranjo today by hooded gunmen.