The Next Neocon Nation-Building Project?

A writer at Red State:

The United States of America will likely be forced to invade Mexico. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.  The question then becomes: What to do with Mexico after we invade it and wipe out the drug cartels (as much as can be). Does the United States merely return Mexico to a nation state of corrupt politicians, failed economic policies, and lawlessness, or do we annex Mexico and turn it into the 51st state?

Ironically, it is American lawlessness, in the form of buying illegal narcotics, that has helped turn Mexico into a state destabilized by violent drug cartels. And merely ending drug prohibition, which would destroy the black market, would go a long way toward giving our southern neighbor space to improve its position.

Post-Nancy conservatives deserve most of the blame for the drug war as it exists today (not that Democrats have been much better). Sadly it seems likely that a lot of rank and file conservatives would sooner invade Mexico than admit defeat in the War on Drugs. Over to you, Rick Perry.