U.S. Navy SEAL to train Mexican military
Wed, 14 Mar 2012 03:53:52 GMT —
A U.S. anti-terrorism expert now holds a post in Mexico.
He's also a U.S. Navy SEAL, and his rank sends a strong message.
Rear Admiral Colin Kilrain will work at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City training Mexican soldiers to combat cartels.
Congressman Henry Cuellar said a win for Mexico in its war on cartels could take more than gun battles and grenades.
Just using brute force doesn TMt work anymore, said Cuellar.
Cuellar said a U.S. Navy SEAL/Anti-terrorism expert brings tactics that work.
You need to have intelligence, technology, training and operations to make sure that they do win, said Cuellar.
It's an appointment not entirely new.
"We TMve always had military attaches, said Cuellar. It just meets a higher level.
What is different is the high rank.
According to Cuellar, Russia and China are the only countries to get generals or admirals as U.S. military attaches.
While U.S. intelligence may help the people of Mexico, the congressman said sending the attache also protects Americans, keeping violence in Mexico and not waiting for it to come to us.
I would call it a very violent situation where they have no regard to human life," said Cuellar about Mexico. According to Cuellar, the U.S. Navy SEAL will get to use some of the military style equipment paid for under the Merida Initiative.
Cuellar played a big part bringing the initiative about, but it's gotten some backlash.
The funding is meant to support Mexico in its fight against cartels, but at one time much of that funding was found to not have made it to the country.
Cuellar said right now about 80 to 90 percent of the pledged $1.6 billion is in Mexico.