Public relations disaster of the week, via Foreign Policy | Why America Is to Blame for Mexico’s Carnage and Corruption.
The observation is part of a critical essay by John Ackerman of UNAM regarding the continuing corruption and violence in the neighbor to the south. It might be a good time to re-read Bordering on Chaos: Guerrillas, Stockbrokers, Politicians, and Mexico’s Road to Prosperity, by Andres Oppenheimer.
When Peña Nieto made the mistake of traveling to China and Australia to participate in the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and G-20 summits in the middle of the present crisis, Obama welcomed him with open arms and chose to plant trees side by side with him at China’s Yanqi Lake. Indeed, viewed from Mexico, the sight of Obama and Peña Nieto shoveling dirt side by side gave the impression that they were working together to fill in the numerous mass graves that have been discovered around Iguala in recent days.
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