Strange column from Georgie Anne Geyer. She thinks the Obama administration should be doing more to combat violence in Mexico, but instead of giving specific policy prescriptions, she blames the administration for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It does seem strange, doesn't it, that we are fighting two wars halfway across the world in countries we barely know, and yet we all but ignore this lethally dangerous situation in our backyard. But then, there is no foreign policy architecture in this administration, no decisions on what is primary and what is not, no sense of what is necessary and what is expendable.
Two big problems here. One is that Obama did not start those two other wars and would love to be rid of them. Two is that the administration has been focused a lot on Mexico (such as Hillary Clinton's "insurgency" comments, later contradicted by Obama). The administration has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the Mérida Initiative. We can debate how much is needed, and how fast, and for what, but that is not exactly "ignoring" Mexico.