Though President Obama said Sunday on “Face the Nation” that he is thinking of increasing National Guard troops along the Mexican border to help quell the drug-related violence, he and Defense Secretary Robert Gates made a point of praising President Felipe Calderon (in photo). Obama said Calderon “has been very bold and rightly has decided that it’s gotten carried away. The drug cartels have too much power, are undermining and corrupting huge segments of Mexican society. And so he has taken them on in the same way that when, you know, Eliot Ness took on Al Capone back during Prohibition,” Obama said. “Oftentimes that causes even more violence. And we’re seeing that flare up.”
On Fox News, Gates said “President Calderon has acted with enormous courage and forcefully in sending troops in to try and get control of that situation,” also calling the chances “very low” that the Mexican government will lose control of part of the country or become a failed state.
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