Even as the U.S. government publicly celebrated Mexico's operations against the cartels, State Department officials quietly expressed concern over its failings. Government cables released by Wikileaks this week show a drug war in tatters.
The U.S. State Department has ordered its consular employees to use only armored cars when driving in the Mexican state of Sonora.
Citing concerns of violence in Mexico, the state of Arizona has ordered its fruit and vegetable inspectors not to cross the border to check the goods coming into the state. The produce industry says the mandate leaves them unprepared to deal with the resulting backup.