M 2 years, 9 months ago on McCain: Mexico’s president committed to acting against cartels

The suspicion will be that under Pena Nieto the PRI are returning to type: an understanding with the narcos that allows them to operate profitably and unmolested in return for (relatively) non-violent tactics and information on non-sanctioned independent operators.

The alternative - vigorous enforcement and targeting of the cartels - has been tested to destruction under Calderon and nobody has the stomach for any more of that. The other alternative - to bring the drug trade under legal regulation - is increasingly favoured by Mexican civil society but resisted by the US at all costs.