Push is coming to shove with our neighboring state-Mexico. Personally I view it as a failed state now but substantial arguments exist that it is not. Oddly the USA is now demonstrating that it also may well be a failed state, also IMO.
With at least one Presidential candidate talking of invading Mexico perhaps it will be important to follow Mexican politics and economics from now until the election and of course the weird case of the Iranian initiative to blow up the Saudi Embassy and/or kill the Saudi Ambassador to the US was apparently based in Mexico.
What is more interesting to me is that there is some evidence appearing in administration and Congressional actions and speeches that the US is now altering its Mexican policies to separate out the northern tier states of Mexico from the rest of the country. They are the richest and most fully developed states of Mexico and of course are crucial to the drug cartels.
The reason for my interest is that almost three (3) decades ago Mexican friends of mine when asked about Mexican potential for another revolution all agreed that if such occurred the northern states along the US border would separate into a new country and then petition the US after an appropriate interval to join the USA. Sound farfetched? That is exactly what the Republic of Texas did before joining the UNION!
So let’s learn a little about this latest threat to the USA for both Homeland Defense and Homeland Security!
|United Mexican States|
|Anthem: “Himno Nacional Mexicano”
Mexican National Anthem
Seal of the United Mexican States
(and largest city)
|Official language(s)||Spanish |
|Recognised national languages||62 Indigenous Amerindian languages|
|Ethnic groups||– Mestizo 70%
– White 15%
– Indigenous 9.8%
– Other 1%
|–||President||Felipe Calderón (PAN)|
|–||Secretary of the Interior||José Francisco Blake Mora|
|–||Supreme Court President||Juan Silva Meza|
|–||Lower House||Chamber of Deputies|
|–||Declared||September 16, 1810|
|–||Recognized||September 27, 1821|
|–||Total||1,972,550 km2 (14th)
761,606 sq mi
|–||2010 census||112,322,757 (11th)|
|GDP (PPP)||2011 estimate|
|–||Total||$1.629 trillion (11th)|
|–||Per capita||$15,113 (58th)|
|GDP (nominal)||2011 estimate|
|–||Total||$1.041 trillion (13th)|
|–||Per capita||$9,489 (58th)|
|Gini (2008)||51.6 (high)|
|HDI (2010)||0.750 (high) (56th)|
|Time zone||Official Mexican Timezones (UTC−8 to −6)|
|–||Summer (DST)||varies (UTC−7 to −5)|
|Drives on the||right|
|ISO 3166 code||MX|
The United Mexican States (Spanish: Estados Unidos Mexicanos (help·info)), commonly known as Mexico (pronounced i/ˈmɛksɨkoʊ/; Spanish: México [ˈme̞xiko̞] ( listen)), is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of Mexico. Covering almost two million square kilometres (over 760,000 sq mi), Mexico is the fifth largest country in the Americas by total area and the thirteenth largest independent nation in the world. With an estimated population of over 112 million, it is the eleventh most populous country and the most populous Spanish-speaking country. Mexico is a federation comprising thirty-one states and a Federal District, the capital city.
In Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica many cultures matured into advanced civilizations such as the Olmec, the Toltec, the Teotihuacan, the Zapotec, the Maya and the Aztec before the first contact with Europeans. In 1521, Spain conquered and colonized the territory from its base in México-Tenochtitlan, which was administered as the Viceroyalty of New Spain. This territory would eventually become Mexico as the colony independence was recognized in 1821. The post-independence period was characterized by economic instability, the Mexican-American War and territorial cession to the United States, a civil war, two empires and a domestic dictatorship. The latter led to the Mexican Revolution in 1910, which culminated with the promulgation of the 1917 Constitution and the emergence of the country’s current political system. Elections held in July 2000 marked the first time that an opposition party won the presidency from the Institutional Revolutionary Party.