US Accuses Russia of Interfering in Mexican Election That Hasn’t Even Happened Yet
“You’ve seen actually initial signs of it in the Mexican presidential campaign already,” McMaster said in previously unreported remarks made during the Dec. 15 address. The comments, which came in response to questions about Mexico’s growing relationship with Russia and China, were first highlighted last weekend by Mexico’s Reforma newspaper.
At the end of last year, the Military Times predicted that the internal turmoil in Mexico would be one of the top ten conflicts to watch in 2018. Last year, the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ (IISS) annual Armed Conflict Survey declared that Mexico was home to one of the deadliest conflicts on the planet, second only to Syria. The Denver Post, among others, completely refuted the damning conclusion based on the fact that significant parts of the country saw little violence and enjoyed abundant tourism. However, whether or not the study’s declaration is true, it arrived at its finding based on the fact that Felipe Calderon’s declaration of war on organized crime approximately a decade ago has led to the deaths of an estimated 200,000 people and left more than 30,000 missing. A 2016 survey found armed violence in Mexico had killed around 34,000 people, far more than were killed in Afghanistan and other hot spots throughout the Middle East over the same period.
Unsurprisingly, the U.S. government has a small train-and-equip program with Mexican security forces to help combat transnational crime, according to the Military Times. There are currently at least 61 troops in Mexico, and the U.S. government has provided major military equipment to the Mexican military.