Newt Gingrich said a few days ago that the gang war in Mexico is a bigger threat than Afghanistan and Iraq. Christian Brose analyzes the situation and says the hyperbole isn't warranted - yet:

The gangs have no political agenda; their main goal remains selling dope. They are not providing basic services to Mexico's citizens, nor are they trying to create a parallel system of political order to rival the Mexican state and erode its legitimacy in the eyes of the people. In fact, even if most Mexicans think the gangs are winning, they by all accounts still hate them and what they are doing to the country.

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