Down Mexico way
American Predator and Global Hawk drones now fly deep over Mexico to capture video of drug production facilities and smuggling routes. Manned American aircraft fly over Mexican targets to eavesdrop on cellphone communications. And the D.E.A. has set up an intelligence outpost — staffed by Central Intelligence Agency operatives and retired American military personnel — on a Mexican military base.How long before they start firing missiles at our brown neighbors to the south? It would take just one 'incident' to kick start selective elimination of kingpins and then soldiers of the cartels, and Mexico may piss and moan, but certainly the current leadership just can't say no to drones, anymore than the US can say no to drugs.
Expanding the drone wars to Central and South America is clearly in the cards. We haven't heard about drones in Columbia yet, not that that means they're not there, but maybe the NYT will have another scoop for us, by and by, as soon as the administration is ready to leak it.