Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has been in office less than a month, and already he may be signalling an abandonment of the aggressive strategy against the drug cartels by his predecessor Felipe Calderon.
The Peña Nieto administration is claiming that Calderon's "efforts to stamp out drug trafficking by going after the kingpins has only succeeded in splintering the gangs, spawning many smaller and more dangerous criminal syndicates" as reported by The Guardian.
President Peña Nieto and his team have offered no details on an alternative strategy by which to bring down the narco insurgents which grip Mexico only to oddly state that "the pursuit of capos . . . will be a quieter affair than during the Calderon administration," and "their neutralization presented with less fanfare" as reported by Richard Fausset for the Los Angeles Times.
It's unclear what the Peña Nieto administration means by offering a quieter approach in dealing with the drug cartels, and hopefully it does not entail negotiating a secret pact by which the narcos are allowed to operate in exchange for peace. In the past some branches within the Italian government allegedly made deals with the devil to end the Mafia's stragismo -- strategy of terror -- to disasterous results.
When Peña Nieto won the Presidential election last July some predicted a capitulation to the cartels as then reported by Erin Carlyle for Forbes: "the new government is likely to be a lot less confrontational with people like the world's most powerful druglord: billionaire Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Loera."
Who knows: the fix may already be in place.