Is Mexico the Next Afghanistan?

As that country devolves into lawlessness, with drug killings all along the border, some people think so.  Rick Perry, governor of Texas, does:

“I think we have to use every aspect of law enforcement that we have, including the military,” Perry said. “Any means that we can [use] to run these people off our border and to save Americans’ lives, we need to be engaged in.”

Perry has been a vocal proponent of deploying more military forces to the U.S.-Mexico border, hand-delivering a request to President Barack Obama in August. 

And when you think about it, all of the signs point a certain way:  Spiraling violence, a breakdown of political leadership, a corrupt police force, refugee camps — if you didn’t know what country we were talking about, you’d assume we were talking about someplace in Africa.  

Redstate does the thought experiment:

In 2013 and beyond, though, all bets are off. If the Mexican government cannot contain the violence in that country, or more bloodshed occurs on the U.S. side of the border, either the Mexican government may request humanitarian aide, or the U.S. would be justified in acting unilaterally to go into Mexico to end the drug cartels’ brutal terrorism (it’s not like it hasn’t happened before). In fact, if the violence on the U.S. side of the border does not cease, or escalates further, whomever is sitting in the oval office will be hard pressed not to go into Mexico.

None of this sounds like a good news.