I was a senior in high school, in October of 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Soviets ships were heading toward Cuba, with ICBMs, and President John F. Kennedy erected a naval blockade. Eventually, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev blinked, and the ships headed back to Russia. I wondered at the time whether I would be receiving my Diploma in June, or serving in the Army somewhere. However, might we be approaching a similar impasse today—but, with Mexico?
When Donald Trump announced his candidacy, in June of 2015, he attacked the Mexican people and, since then, he has gradually expanded his target base to include all Hispanics, and every other demographic, except for older white men. In a recent post, I described my views of Donald Trump’s proposed trade, tariffs and currency manipulation policies; but, for now, I’m focusing on the potential impact of harassing Mexico, on our National Security.
Granted, several of our recent Presidents haven’t shown Latin America the attention that they should have—including Barack Obama and George W. Bush. Presidents Vladimir Putin, of Russia, and Xi Jinping, of China, on the other hand, have each made a number of visits to our southern neighbors, promoting trade.
If we treat a neighbor, who is also one of our largest trading partners this way, how could we assume that other countries won’t take notice. Trade is generally based on necessity, partnership and courtesy. Necessity alone just won’t cut it, since there are generally other nations that can offer the same goods and services.
Mexico is much larger than Cuba, with ten times the population and 20 times the area. So, any joint military exercises with our Enemies, re-fueling and re-tooling bases, or even more nefarious activities, might be somewhat harder to monitor. And, given today’s technological advances—since the Cuban Crisis—ICBMs are almost irrelevant. So Donald, tell me again what the rationale is behind harassing our southern neighbor, across our 2,000 mile common border? And have you given consideration to the much broader implications–like National Security?
NOTE: During the Cuban Missile Crisis, Air Fore Chief-of-Staff, General Curtis LeMay advised President Kennedy to bomb Moscow. He was known as an unstable hothead. But today, with National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, as well as Donald Trump, baring those same characteristics, anything might happen!
NOTE #2: Mexico has a Plan to fight back, as described in the NY Times and is linked, as follows: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/24/business/economy/nafta-mexico-free-trade.html?ref=economy