I think we can all agree that recently-departed Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and current Attorney General Eric Holder have done very little to secure the nation’s southern border and prevent illegal immigrants, drugs and all manner of trouble from entering the country. One day soon, I predict they might try to pin the blame on someone most Americans won’t recognize — and it’s not George W. Bush. His name is Genaro García Luna, and Obama Administration officials have been “dancing” with him for years.
Who is García Luna? According to a Forbes article published yesterday, Mexico’s one-time Secretary of Public Security (SSP), García Luna ranks among the Top 10 Most-Corrupt Mexicans of 2013. Excerpts from the magazine article appear below:
…García Luna was the most feared cabinet member. His tenure was marked by an excess of spending for self-promotion and abuse of power scandals exposed by the Mexican press.
In 2012, convicted drug kingpin Edgar “La Barbie” Valdez Villareal claimed that García Luna had been on the payroll of drug trafficking groups for ten years.
García Luna has not been seen since he left office in 2012. He is believed to be living in Miami but reporters have not been able to find him. There is no known investigation against him in Mexico or the U.S.
The Obama Administration began dancing with García Luna during the early days of President Obama’s first term, according to documents found online.
A Department of Justice news release July 20, 2009, reveals how then-Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer said, “We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our brave Mexican colleagues in the fight against these destructive cartels,” immediately after mentioning García Luna by name.
A DHS news release Feb. 18, 2010, began with then-Secretary Napolitano gushing about the “Declaration of Principles on Cooperative Efforts to Secure the U.S.-Mexico Border and Combat Transnational Threats” before affording García Luna the opportunity to return the favor as follows:
“This agreement is an example of the cooperation and mutual understanding regarding security issues between both countries, and between DHS and SSP,” said Secretary García Luna. “The working visit of Secretary Napolitano is a consequence of the strong relationship between both institutions, and of their commitment with the rule of law, and the fight against organized crime and violence.”
Finally, a Drug Enforcement Agency news release July 21, 2011, included tough-sounding words attributed to García Luna:
“Through the Secretariat of Public Security, the Government of Mexico has seen increased results in their fight against the drug trafficking organizations,” said Mexico’s Secretary of Public Security Genaro García Luna. “Due to increased information sharing and collaboration with the DEA, these efforts have resulted in successful and significant arrests and seizures of drugs and money.”
After considering the items above, I’m left wondering just how closely Obama Administration officials might have danced with García Luna and if they’re dancing with any other corrupt Mexican officials today.
I suppose we’ll just have to turn on our television sets and watch the nightly news to find out. <sarc>