Comment: Decapitation is a two-way street.

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Decapitation is a two-way street.

Mexico's "decapitation" strategy is credited with taking out about 60% of the cartel heads. That may have created a problem for the Mexican government.

By declaring such a war, in the eyes of the crooks they've invited retaliation in kind - from people who have little more to lose if their attack continue to succeed. And the crooks are apparently better armed and organized than the country's own (remaining) military and police. I'm expecting high-level assassinations as a result. (The only thing holding them back now would be concern by the crooks that such assassinations might result in more attacks on themselves. But if the government is already on an all-out war footing, the threat of further escalation may be perceived as impossible to execute. And the new heads of the drug gangs may not be as restrained as their predecessors.)

Perhaps the heads of state of other countries are worried that they will be drawn into a similar situation - and lose - if they continue the drug war the way the US wants them to. If so, this may be a move to head off such a perceived threat to themselves.

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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.