“‘I have worked with your CIA,’ Cienfuegos protested. ‘I have been honored by your Department of Defense!’ ‘I understand,’ the DEA agent said. ‘But you have still been charged.'” ProPublica: The Cienfuegos Affair: Inside the Case that Upended America’s Drug War. “Two years ago, the DEA arrested a Mexican general, hoping to lay bare the high-level corruption at the heart of organized crime. Then the case fell apart — and took down U.S.-Mexican cooperation on drug policy with it.”

+ Meanwhile, as Mexico’s epidemic of violence rages on, authorities seem powerless to stop it. “With more than 26,000 murders this year, it is clear the president’s strategy of using the military to control the crime gangs has failed.”