MSNBC "The Rachel Maddow Show" - Transcript
MSNBC "The Rachel Maddow Show" Interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Interviewer: Andrea Mitchell
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MS. MADDOW: It was a big day today in the age of diplomacy. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went to drug war-ravaged Mexico. And on the plane on the way there, she told reporters that she feels very strongly that the U.S. shares responsibility for the escalating Mexican drug war because of, quote, "our insatiable demand for illegal drugs and our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border." The secretary added that "Part of what we're trying to do is not only acknowledge that, but working with the Mexicans to create the very best possible responses."
So let me get this straight. You not only want to work to solve the problem; you're also not denying responsibility for having helped cause it. Who put the adults in charge? Oh, we did. Hey, now.
On that solving-the-problem front, with what amounts to a civil war just across our southern border, the Obama administration just announced plans to send more than 450 federal agents to the border, along with an assortment of mobile X-ray machines, license plate readers and drug-sniffing dogs. And at last night's press conference, the president made it clear that if it is not enough, he will do more. What counts as more?
Well, as to what still needs to be done, our own Andrea Mitchell got a chance to ask Secretary Clinton that and more in Mexico this evening.
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MS. MITCHELL: About shared responsibility, what should Americans realize about American responsibility for this drug war that's been escalating on our borders?
SEC. CLINTON: Well, Andrea, I think that's a really important question, because we do have responsibility for what's happening in Mexico. It is drug demand in the United States which drives the drugs north across our border. If there were not such a high level of demand, it wouldn't be so profitable and you wouldn't have these drug gangs fighting for territory, because they make so much money selling drugs to Americans.
And we have assault weapons and other guns coming south illegally to arm the drug gangs against the Mexican army and police. That's why we say it is a shared responsibility, and we're going to do everything we can to help President Calderon and the Mexican government and the Mexican people defeat the violence and criminality of these drug cartels.