War on Drugs

Rick Perry: I’d Send Troops to Mexico

Rick Perry said Saturday that he is open to sending U.S. troops to Mexico to help battle drug cartels. Perry said the situation is similar to that in Colombia, which has used American military support to fight its cartels—and the current Mexican violence may require similar military action. As governor of Texas, Perry often calls for more National Guard troops to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border to stop immigration. Given that this statement goes even further, his spokesman later tried to step back, saying that Perry is still open to all options for dealing with the conflict.