The day when Osorio became Calderon

Milenio 05/05/17
Carlos Puig

How stubborn is reality!

In the summer of 2012, following the election, the president-elect’s transition team held meetings on each of the topics, prepared candidates to each of the key positions, drafted documents that would become the Government Plan, secretly negotiated the Pact for Mexico.

The matter of violence and security was one of these topics. Although they had managed to win saying very little during the campaign, they knew what situation the country was in. The main discussion was what would predominate in the six-year term:  what to do with the Federal Public Security Ministry which, in the opinion of many, in the day of Genaro Garcia Luna ended up holding great power.

The matter was decided by Peña, upon Osorio’s request. Security will be in the hands of Internal Affairs, adding a “prevention” undersecretariat. Osorio’s strategy was, first, that nothing be said. They spoke to the media, they made a manual that Eduardo Sanchez presented at meetings about what to say and what not to say. Something along the lines of, if no one knows, maybe they won’t remember, or won’t meddle. The second part was what they called “coordination”. It was just a matter of getting together, talking it over, we tell them what to do and we do it together. That Calderon guy never wanted to work with the locals.

“Coordination groups” were created, they met, they patted each other on the back. They loved each other dearly. And then, of course, prevention. They launched hot air balloons in Michoacan, they painted whole neighborhoods thinking that that was how Medellin had been pacified, and above all, they handed out a lot of money—until this year the budget for that was zero—and they took very pretty pictures.

Well…. And here we are. Wherever one turns. Now Reynosa, now Sinaloa, now Puebla with the huachicol, and a few weeks ago in Guanajuato, but Colima has burst, and let’s not even talk about Guerrero and Tijuana is deteriorating and… But, weren’t they well coordinated? What happened?

I heard Minister Osorio with Ciro on the radio yesterday, threatening local governments with removing federal aid, blaming them for the horror we are reliving, and saying that they do not accept their responsibility, and that only 50 out of 1,800 policemen are worth it, and that this was being discussed ever since he was governor…

We know that speech. It so happens that when things do not work out, others are to blame.


Text translated by the Instituto VIF from the original published by Milenio.