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Is a similar of “Plan Colombia” going to substitute “Plan Merida” in Mexico?

Hillary Clinton and Mexican President Felipe Calderon met in Mexico City in March 2009, starting a difficult relationship.

Is Mexico the new Colombia? As the Obama administration debates what course to take on Mexico, finding the right fix depends on getting the right diagnosis.

Recently, Mrs. Hillary Clinton cited the need for a regional “equivalent” of Plan Colombia. After 10 years, the rebels’ grip in Colombia has been reduced from more than a third of the country to less than a fifth. Violence is down and, with improved security, the economy is booming. However, tons of cocaine are still being produced and there have been widespread human rights abuses.

Clinton acknowledged that the program had “problems” — but said that it had worked. Irked Mexican officials dismissed Clinton’s Colombia comparison as sloppy history and tartly offered that the only common thread was drug consumption in the United States. And while the two cases share broad-brush similarities, there also are important distinctions, including Mexico’s profound sensitivity to outside interference.

Here is a breakdown of the two experiences:…READ MORE HERE.