An ex-cartel operative, a Mexican intelligence official, and an American counternarcotics agent walk into a cafe… The Atlantic’s Ginger Thompson joins them at the table and uncovers one of the punchlines to this set-up: There’s No Real Fight Against Drugs. “They were convinced it was all a deal cut at some link in the system’s chain. Our breakfast minister even thought that Chapo had likely walked out the front door of the jail, and that the whole tunnel-and-motorcycle story had been staged to make the feat sound so ingenious that the government couldn’t have foreseen it, much less stopped it.”