In an extensive interview with Lally Weymouth, published this weekend in the Washington Post, President Felipe Calderón elaborated on what he meant by a comprehensive strategy to tackling the drug gangs in his country:
The problem is not only a criminal problem but also a social problem, in the sense that we have young people without opportunities who are [hired] by criminals as distributors of drugs. Finally, they die in the streets. I have serious concerns about that. The only way to defeat the crime is to combat it with a comprehensive strategy; one part is to use all the power of the state in order to fight the criminals, to preserve or in some cases to recover the authority of the state. . . . The second part [requires] renovating all the police corps in the country.
He also discussed U.S.-Mexico relations, arms trafficking, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, the oil sector reforms, and last year’s mid-term elections.