Trump says US ready to help ‘wage war’ on Mexican drug cartels

Nine members of a family of Americans living in northern Mexico about 70 miles south of the U.S. border were brutally gunned down and their bodies burned by members of warring Mexican drug cartels, The Washington Post reports.

Now, President Donald Trump has made it clear that he is willing to use U.S. military forces to destroy the cartels to help ensure that such a tragedy never occurs again, according to Fox News.

Family killed in cartel violence

The attack on Monday was reported to have left dead three adult women and six children, with the bodies of at least five of those victims having been discovered in the charred remains of a vehicle they had occupied.

Several other members, mostly children, of the large Mormon family were said to have been injured in the attack, though they managed to escape the carnage with their lives.

The surviving members of the family were reportedly in touch with U.S. officials at an American consulate in Mexico, and an investigation into what occurred has already been launched by authorities.

Trump’s response

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, President Trump referred to the “powerful” Mexican drug cartels believed responsible for the attack as “vicious” and offered the assistance of the U.S. military to Mexico to deal with the “monsters” who had participated in the horrendous assault on women and children, suggesting that “you sometimes need an army to defeat an army!”

“A wonderful family and friends from Utah got caught between two vicious drug cartels, who were shooting at each other, with the result being many great American people killed, including young children, and some missing,” Trump tweeted.

“If Mexico needs or requests help in cleaning out these … monsters, the United States stands ready, willing & able to get involved and do the job quickly and effectively. The great new President of Mexico has made this a big issue, but the cartels have become so large and powerful that you sometimes need an army to defeat an army!” he added in a follow-up tweet.

Just moments later, in a separate post, Trump wrote: “This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth. We merely await a call from your great new president!”

Could be a war worth waging

To be sure, President Trump has repeatedly made it clear over the past few years that he has little desire to get U.S. military forces embroiled in any new conflicts, and he has taken steps to try and extricate the military from the many conflicts around the globe in which it is currently involved.

That said, this particular incident seems to stand apart from all of the rest in that it is quite literally right on our nation’s border and American citizens were brutally murdered. The drug cartels pose a direct threat to other Americans both abroad and within the homeland, because of the butchery they inflict and the deadly drugs they smuggle into the country. If ever there was a justifiable reason for the deployment of the U.S. military to wage war in defense of the nation and its interests, this would appear to be one of them.

Whether Mexico, a notoriously corrupt country that has seemingly surrendered control to the drug cartels, actually asks for military assistance — not to mention whether Congress would authorize and support such a mission — remains to be seen. In the meantime, American citizens are dead and countless others remain at risk from future cartel violence.

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