I must have watched this movie half a dozen times growing up as a kid and like the author, yes, the ideal presented (using the U.S. Military to eradicate Drug Cartels) seemed like a perfectly legit and logical thing to do.
You see one of the MANY problems we have in Modern America is folks do not want to admit that the REAL threat to our Safety and Security as a Nation is not halfway around the world in Ukraine but (at least for me as a Texan) is actually 490 miles away at the Southern Border with Mexico.
490 Miles driving time is roughly 7 hrs from my Front Door.
It’s called PERSPECTIVE Folks.
And the only way to get it is to remove your Head out of Your Ass.