Trump says U.S. government should maintain a “kill list of drug lords”
05/14/2024 // Ethan Huff // Views

If reelected this fall, Donald Trump is considering deploying covert Special Forces units to Mexico to take out the leaders of major "drug cartels."

Three separate sources close to the former president told Rolling Stone this week that during conversations with his allies, including a Republican lawmaker, Trump endorsed the idea of spending money and resources battling conflicts in Mexico.

Regardless of how the Mexican government feels about it, Trump is allegedly committed to waging war on the drug cartels. He also expressed wonder, we are told, at why such a mission has not already been pursued by other administrations in the past.

According to Trump, the U.S. military possesses "tougher killers" than the cartels, which in his mind means waging war on them would lead to success. He reportedly compared his proposal to covert operations that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2019.

In addition to all that, Trump believes the U.S. government should keep a "kill list of drug lords" that it regularly strategizes to eliminate. Back in 2023, it was also reported that Trump directed his own advisors during his White House term to compile a list of military options for dealing with Mexican drug cartels.

(Related: Trump apparently also believes that people who commit acts of "antisemitism" should receive the death penalty.)

Close the borders

You may recall that all throughout his campaign the first time around, Trump railed against Mexican drug cartels, proposing the death penalty for really anyone caught dealing "drugs." He is now going so far as to call for the deployment of drone strikes, air assaults, troop deployments and other weapons of war.

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This time around, Trump is continuing his crusade against the Mexican drug cartels by promising to "make appropriate use of Special Forces, cyber warfare, and other overt and covert actions to inflict maximum damage on cartel leadership, infrastructure, and operations."

While in office, Trump heavily pressured the Mexican government to crack down on the cartels, calling them "bad hombres." We know they are involved in drug smuggling, human trafficking, and violence all along the southern United States border, much of it seeping into American communities in the process.

Many cartel members are said to be carrying "military-grade" weapons, at least according to federal authorities. This is part of why Trump and others are taking the approach that the military must deal with this issue as it is larger than just a normal civilian issue.

Whether or not that is as true as Trump and the others claim is anybody's guess, but it does appear as though a lot more Mexican drug cartel activity is leaking into the U.S., especially since the borders remain wide open to illegal immigration.

Back in February, Republican Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Rep. Morgan Luttrell (R-Tex.) introduced legislation to pressure the Biden regime to come up with plans for the capture and elimination of the leaders of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, which is said to be one of the most brutal and dangerous cartels in Mexico.

This is all good and fine, but many cannot help but wonder why there is so much focus once again on a foreign nation, Mexico, when we have so many problems here at home that could be solved simply by enforcing federal immigration laws. Rather than wage another war, why not simply do what is already on the books and close the border?

"If he is a victim of lawfare (which might be good for the country as no one knows what he believes) there is no heir apparent that can be trusted to be America first," one of our own wrote about Trump in the comments.

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