The Times podcast: An unprecedented use of Mexico’s military

A man wearing a suit is flanked by two men in military uniforms
In this Sept. 16, 2019 file photo, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, center, Defense Secretary Luis Crescencio Sandoval, left, and Navy Secretary Vidal Francisco Soberon ride in an open vehicle during the Independence Day military parade in the Zócalo, in Mexico City.
(Marco Ugarte / Associated Press)

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador came into office promising to get the military off the streets. Instead, he has more than doubled its numbers. He claims there’s just no other way to handle Mexico’s narco-violence.


Today, we look at Mexico’s delicate dance with its military. It’s an institution that’s among the most trusted in the nation, and potentially its most dangerous. Read the full transcript here.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times Latin America correspondent Kate Linthicum

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