When crooks no longer fear the cops

October 12, 2010

I’ve used that subject line before, about Chicago. But it’s just as fitting for Mexico, where cartel gunmen ambushed a police convoy in the state of Sinaloa, killing eight officers:

The gunmen, travelling in three or four vehicles, “began shooting with automatic weapons”, an official said.

The state is home to one of the country’s most powerful drug gangs, the Sinaloa cartel run by Mexico’s most wanted man, Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman.


The police officers were patrolling a road 80km (50 miles) form the state capital, Culiacan, when they were attacked on Monday.

The killings highlight the challenges for Mexico’s police as they and other security forces seek to take on the drug gangs.

Yeah, challenges such as “just staying alive.” Of course, when the cartels can trap even the Mexican Army in one of its bases, what a mere patrolmen supposed to do?

I think I’ll postpone that trip to Mazatlan for a while…

RELATED: President Calderon aims to deal with the serious problem of corruption in the local police forces by eliminating local departments and having the states provide local policing. Given the well-known problems of corruption at the state police-level (example), I can’t see how this is much more than rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Still, one can hope that it’s a start to purging corrupt cops from the local ranks.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


September 9, 2009

Four US Marines and nine Afghan soldiers died in a Taliban ambush because rules of engagement promulgated by the Obama Administration denied them artillery support:

Dashing from boulder to boulder, diving into trenches and ducking behind stone walls as the insurgents maneuvered to outflank us, we waited more than an hour for U.S. helicopters to arrive, despite earlier assurances that air cover would be five minutes away.

U.S. commanders, citing new rules to avoid civilian casualties, rejected repeated calls to unleash artillery rounds at attackers dug into the slopes and tree lines — despite being told repeatedly that they weren’t near the village.

“We are pinned down. We are running low on ammo. We have no air. We’ve lost today,” Marine Maj. Kevin Williams, 37, said through his translator to his Afghan counterpart, responding to the latter’s repeated demands for helicopters.

And this is Obama’s “smart war?”

This is going to sound heartless, but civilian casualties happen in war: war is tragic and sickening, but, unlike a video game it is not clean. We’ve done wonders with smart technology to reduce collateral damage and civilian deaths (contra the Left’s twisted fantasies), but, I repeat, when you have bombs and bullets flying around, civilians are going to get killed, and no amount of handwringing rules of engagement is going to change that.

It is just as bad, if not worse, however, to send troops into combat and not provide them with everything they need to win, and it is obscene to deny them the help they need when they are under attack. We try to avoid civilian deaths, but it is insane to hamstring our own troops in combat.

George W. Bush was willing to change his strategy in Iraq in order to win; Barack Obama changes strategy in Afghanistan to avoid looking bad. Message to the President: Either fight to win or get out.

(via Weasel Zippers)