Tom Friedman of the NYT had a thoughtful column on Mexico over the weekend,
We take the Mexican-American relationship for granted. But with the drug wars in Mexico turning into Wild West shootouts on city streets and with our own immigration politics turning more heated, what’s happening in Mexico has become much more critical to American foreign policy and merits more of our attention. Mexico is not Afghanistan, but it also has not become all that it hoped to be by now. Something feels stalled here.
His diagnosis of the stall is interesting, and he is quite optimistic on its eventual resolution.