Drug War Apparently Has Mexican President’s Attention

New York Times — MEXICO CITY — Even before he took office in December, Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, made clear that he saw the drug war as his predecessor’s problem: a political liability best pushed aside to make room for his sunnier plans to overhaul the economy, education and energy.

But crime and violence have returned to the spotlight. Over the past month, Mr. Peña Nieto has experienced a series of enforcement highs and lows that have experts on both sides of the border scratching their heads and wondering: what exactly is the security strategy of Mexico these days? Is it really all that different, or has Mr. Peña Nieto fallen (or been pushed) back into the same old approach?

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