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We Shouldn't Use the Military to Fight Mexico's Drug Cartels

• Ted Galen Carpenter, Jeffrey Singer

America's lawmakers and policymakers are in a state of denial about the true cause of the country's worsening drug overdose crisis. Like children unwilling to accept reality, they erupt into tantrums due to their inability to win America's longest war, the war on drugs.

Political leaders have put forth a flurry of proposals to have the U.S. military launch a full-scale war against Mexican drug cartels to stem the fentanyl crisis.

"I've got legislation I'll introduce soon to make drug cartels foreign terrorist organizations," said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Fox News this week. "We need to put our military into the game to stop this, we need to destroy these labs on the ground in Mexico… the law enforcement model's not working, we are literally under attack—there are more Americans being killed by Mexican drug cartels than ISIS, al Qaeda, the Germans and Japanese combined on the homeland."

Graham has said he will introduce a Senate version of an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Mexico—Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) has already introduced a version in the House of Representatives.

And on Thursday, news broke that former President Donald Trump has told his advisers to draft up "battle plans" to "attack Mexico" if he is re-elected.

Former Attorney General William P. Barr fired an early, prominent shot against cartels with a March 2 op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.