Drug Cartels In Mexico Vs People

I continue to be confused about drug wars in Mexico. One would assume the Mexican army when sent to confront drug cartels would be able to gain victory on the field of battle. However, the figures are quite clear as to who is winning which battle. Since 2007, about 85,000 Mexicans have been murdered by drug cartels who battle one another as well as torment the lives of innocent Mexicans. In the state of Michoacan self defense vigilante groups have emerged. They are tired of the kidnapping, the brutality, the extortion, and the murder that goes on and on. OK, one can blame we Americans for creating this mess due to our drug laws which only transform poor into wealthy Mexican gangs. They draw upon our desire for drugs in order to murder their fellow Mexicans as gangs battle one another for control of this or that drug territory.

How come a modern army possessing tanks, planes, armed helicopters and a navy is unable to defeat in combat drug gangs? I am confused. The only logical explanation is the ineptness of the Mexican “army.” The Mexican army cannot even sweep through a town with tanks and weapons in order to clean up a single area. How come? Perhaps, the vigilante groups are the only intelligent mechanism to defeat drug lords. Of course, if these vigilantes win, they most probably will transform themselves into a new drug gang and the story will repeat itself over and over again.

How about legalizing drugs in America, and allow the Federal government to supervise sale of drugs in government certified stores?