General: U.S. May Export Terror War Tactics To Fight Drug Gangs [View all]
By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, March 30, 2012 9:30 EDT
Drug cartels in Mexico and across South America pose a grave and growing threat to the security of the United States, and Army General Martin Dempsey is well aware of it.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff recently returned from a tour of South America, during which he repeatedly told national leaders that the U.S. is concerned about terrorists utilizing drug smuggling networks to launch terrorist attacks.
Because if they can smuggle drugs into the U.S., they can smuggle almost anything else just as well.
To help protect against that threat, Dempsey called on closer security ties between South American nations and the U.S., suggesting that there may be greater opportunity to engage the drug cartels by exporting key lessons learned in America’s experience fighting al Qaeda.