Tyler Cowen argues that Mexico is winning the drug war because it is experiencing economic growth.
If Mexico keeps on getting richer, and the drug lords keep on killing each other, eventually Mexico will win. Think rates of return, or think of government revenue as rising over time. I’m not saying the drug problem will ever disappear there.
I don't believe I've ever seen success defined in this way, and I don't understand the causal logic. Economic growth leads to more government revenue, which leads to...what? More resources to fight the drug war? Maybe, though right now the problem seems more about strategy than funding per se.