2 October 2011, 14:45

Texas Governor says US should use troops in Mexico drug war

Texas Governor says US should use troops in Mexico drug war

The US government should consider sending troops to Mexico to combat drug-related violence, Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is seeking the Republican nomination for US president, said Sunday.

The US government should consider sending troops to Mexico to combat drug-related violence, Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is seeking the Republican nomination for US president, said Sunday.

"It may require our military in Mexico working in concert with them to kill these drug cartels and keep them off our border."

At present Barack Obama’s administration is providing serious financial support to Mexican security services, while the security services of two countries are closely cooperation, Radio Liberty reports. 

Any deployment of US military forces on Mexican territory would almost certainly be unacceptable to the Mexican authorities. The national Constitution restricts options for the presence of foreign troops in Mexico. Mexico lost around half its territory to the US after a war in the mid 19th century, and has since been very protective of its sovereignty, BBC reports.

At present Barack Obama’s pre-election rating is lower than of his two main Republican rivals – Rick Perry and his party-mate from Massachusetts Mitt Romney.

The current president is desperately trying to improve his position and the state of the national economy. Republicans express harsh criticisim over Obama’s anti-unemployment initiatives.

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