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Ron DeSantis confirms that he would authorize the U.S. military to take out drug cartels inside Mexico

 August 25, 2023

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, during the inaugural GOP presidential primary debate earlier this week, explicitly expressed his readiness to utilize military force in Mexico drug cartels that are responsible for the influx of fentanyl into the U.S.  Fox News reported.

Decisive Stance on Cartel Operations

Responding to an inquiry on whether he would consider dispatching U.S. Special Forces across the Mexican border to incapacitate fentanyl production facilities and the cartel's operations, DeSantis didn't mince his words.

"Yes, and I will do it on day one," he affirmed.

He further elaborated, "Here's the thing. The cartels are killing tens of thousands of our fellow citizens. Do you want to talk about a country in decline? You have the cartels controlling a lot of your southern border. We have to reestablish the rule of law, and we have to defend our people."

Prior Stances Reinforced

The governor's firm stance on border security, particularly regarding what he labels as an "invasion," isn't new.

His vocal opinions on the matter of drug smuggling and migration have previously irked Mexico's President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

During the debate, DeSantis underscored his dedication to addressing the drug crisis.

He asserted that the U.S. president must utilize every power at his or her disposal to safeguard the nation and its citizens.

He emphasized the potential use of lethal force and the necessity to act decisively to prevent further casualties.

The Devastating Reality of Fentanyl

DeSantis drew attention to the personal tragedies behind the statistics, recounting his conversation with a mother who had lost her son.

He revealed the tragic reason for the death: An inadvertent overdose from ingesting just one Percocet pill tainted with fentanyl, an opioid with potency ranging from 50 to 100 times that of morphine.

Fentanyl's primary production occurs in Mexico, where Chinese precursors are used. This potent drug often finds its way into counterfeit pills, catching users off-guard regarding their actual content.

Underscoring the nationwide impact of this situation, DeSantis said, "That is happening all across this country because of the poison that they are bringing in."

DeSantis voiced apprehensions over the cartels' importation of illegal substances, such as fentanyl, into the U.S., asking, "How many more tens of thousands" of Americans should die, as The Hill reported.

He added, "So, as president, would I use force? Would I treat them as foreign terrorist organizations? You're darn right I would."

DeSantis is among several Republican presidential hopefuls, with former President Donald Trump leading the pack, who endorse the concept of military intervention against the cartels.

On Wednesday evening, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson indicated his backing for restrained military activities, like intelligence collection, against these cartels, provided Mexico is involved in the initiative.