Republicans Want Military To Take Out Who?

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( – An idea to use the U.S. military in order to take on the Mexican cartels has been gaining popularity within the GOP. However, many of its critics have pointed out that this plan, which would require unilateral action, could endanger the U.S.- Mexico relations while also being unsuccessful in stopping the influx of drugs across the border.

Many leading Republican presidential candidates, including the frontrunner in the GOP primary, former President Donald Trump, have supported the idea of unilateral military action being taken against Mexico. Conservative lawmakers have also been working to introduce legislation that would provide the U.S. military with the authority to either take military action against the cartels or for the cartels to be defined as terrorist groups. This would allow the U.S. to use the military to attack these groups.

In a 4-minute video filed at the border, Trump stated that if he wins in 2024, he will “impose a full naval embargo” as well as use the U.S. military against the Mexican drug cartels in order to stop their operations. While some conservatives are in support of military force being used against the country, centrist Republicans in Congress have argued that there are better ways of handling the illegal drugs that have been entering the country and have resulted in the deaths of many Americans.

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told The Hill that while as an idea using the military “sounds great” in reality it would result in the U.S. “essentially declaring war against Mexico” which would undoubtedly have many consequences.

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