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Army Official Calls Mexico Drug War "Insurgency"

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Speaking at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Monday, Undersecretary of the Army Joseph Westphal described the situation in Mexico as being an insurgency, echoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's comments in September, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Saying Mexico could face "potentially, a takeover of a government by individuals who are corrupt," Westphal described Mexico and Latin America as a "blind spot" in American foreign policy.

"Mexico is a rich country and an important country and then I think we have to pay much more attention to what is happening there," Westphal added. Thousands have been killed since President Felipe Calderon began a crackdown on drug cartels in 2006.