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CBS "Early Show" - Transcript

CBS "Early Show" Interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Interviewer: Lara Logan

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HARRY SMITH: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Mexico, focusing on the drug war near the U.S. border. CBS News chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan sat down with the secretary of State last night and joins us now from Mexico City.

Good morning, Lara.

MS. LOGAN: Good morning, Harry. Well, Hillary Clinton came to Mexico with a very deliberate message, that the U.S. is partly to blame for Mexico's problems and that the U.S. shares the responsibility in fighting the drug cartels.

(Begin videotaped segment.)

SEC. CLINTON: We have to recognize and accept that the demand for drugs from the United States drives them north, and the guns that are used by the drug cartels against the police and the military, 90 percent of them come from America.

MS. LOGAN: These guns have been used in the bloodshed that's left a trail of bodies in Mexico's border cities, right on America's doorstep.

(To Sec. Clinton.) Do you think it's serious enough to be considered a threat to U.S. national security?

SEC. CLINTON: No. What I think is that it has to be stopped now.

MS. LOGAN: That sense of urgency is fueled in part by the possibility that terrorists could take advantage of the chaos and join forces with Mexico's drug cartels.

SEC. CLINTON: We saw it in Colombia, where the insurgents made common cause with the drug traffickers. We're seeing it in Afghanistan, where we're watching the poppy trade help to fuel the al Qaeda and Taliban extremists there. So we know that where huge amounts of money are involved and ruthless people without conscience or morals are involved, we have to be quick to respond and recognize that, left unchecked, this could mushroom.


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