As long as Americans crave drugs and the cartels want money, Benitez said, “security in both directions is jeopardized.”
So why is America such a huge market for drugs? More disposable income, angst, ennui, or something else? Of course, once the addiction cycle gets started, the reason becomes irrelevant as the addiction takes on a life of its own. Ditto for gangs that morph into drug cartels. Poverty and racism may have been an initial reason for their birth, but once they get large and violent, then they become something malignant indeed.