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Govt Report Says U.S. Has Spent a Fraction of Money Pledged to Fight Mexican Drug Cartels

The war against the Mexican Cartels is a critical one for not only Mexico but the U.S. as well. The cartels have killed hordes of people in Mexico and the U.S. and successfully bribed Mexican and U.S. officials. This U.S. should be ashamed of the findings in this report. Talk is cheap.

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By William Booth
Washington Post Foreign Service

MEXICO CITY — The United States has spent a fraction of the money pledged — just $24 million of $1.3 billion appropriated — to help Mexico in its bloody three-year-old battle against the drug cartels that have turned parts of country into a war zone and left 15,000 dead, according to a U.S. government report issued Thursday.

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The Merida Initiative, signed by President George W. Bush and Mexican leader Felipe Calderón in 2007, promises Black Hawk helicopters, night-vision goggles and drug-sniffing dogs, as well as a more robust crime-fighting partnership between the United States and Mexico. So far the United States has delivered 2 percent of the equipment and support promised, according to the report by the Government Accountability Office.

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