Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard is urging President Barack Obama to intensify the effort to defeat the Mexican drug cartels which he says are threatening U.S. border security.
In a letter sent Thursday to Omaba, Goddard notes that the 22,700 cartel-related murders south of border since 2007 exceed total military and civilian casualties in the nine-year-old Afghanistan war.
Goddard says the federal response to the growing security threat in Mexico pales in comparison. He says the U.S. is currently spending $12 billion a month to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, but less than one percent of that amount on border security and the cartels.
Goddard is asking Obama for a major initiative aimed at taking down the cartel leaders.