Sunday, January 8, 2017


I remember during some of the worst days during the drug and civil war in Columbia when my brother chose to leave his job than travel to Columbia for his company.  Today things are different.  My cousin last year visited Medellin with her Colombian maid.  She said it was wonderful and very safe.

When I was in Peru some 6 years ago, I remember a woman from Medellin constantly hitting on me while inviting me to stay with her at her home in Medellin.  She claimed tourism was on the rise. She was not lying.

Now I do fear Donald Trump's policies towards Mexico are going to extend the drug war, thereby delaying the end of the war in Matamoros.  Trump's promise to dump plane and bus loads of Mexican criminals onto Mexican streets is only going to fuel the war.

My sources are telling me our special forces are very active in Mexico working to kill ISIS fighters working with the drug cartels.  Our special forces with Mexican cooperation can take out the entire leadership of the drug cartels within weeks.  If Mexico ends the current cooperation over Trump's policies, ISIS will send more of their troops and they will cross over into the U.S.

Mexico holds all of the cards, but Trump seems adamant to destroy the progress against Tiosamismo made in Mexico and the rest of Latin America.

My prayer is Trump will change course on Mexico once his staff is fully educated as to how important Mexico is in fighting ISIS at our border.  If Mexico retaliates and prevents our special forces from helping fight ISIS in Mexico, we lose.

What we need is for Mexico to allow our special forces to take out the drug cartels.  We know where they live,  We know where the money is,  We know where the warehouses are.  We just need to keep on building trust with Mexico and the war will be won and Matamoros will become our playground again.



With Pope Francis expected to visit to Colombia this year, a peace accord has brought even more prosperity and visitors to this bustling South American nation.
From the sizzling bean-to-coffee scene in Bogota to Medellin's sophisticated architecture and Cartagena's defensive fortifications dating back to the 16th century and its packed arts scene, Colombia has arrived.
Some of the world's finest coffee beans are grown here, and coffee aficionados love to do the farm-to-café tours.
But there's no need to leave the cities to get a good cuppa. The capital city of Bogota features baristas at La Devocion and Bourbon Coffee Roasters to rival those in Paris or Rome. And the beans are grown in Colombia.
Sophisticated public architecture shines in Medellín, where a renaissance in design and infrastructure has produced buildings such as Giancarlo Mazzanti's Parque Biblioteca España, the most famous of a half-dozen libraries in the city. A gondola-like public transit system transport residents and visitors alike to the city's public rail system.
Once you've explored the UNESCO site at the port of Cartagena -- an essential link in West Indies trade -- Colombia's most popular national park is less than an hour away. Diving at Rosario and San Bernardo Corals National Park is one of the best ways to spot the soft coral, sea lilies and other sea life."

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