That's like the US military's official assessment that Mexico and Pakistan are potentially prone to sudden collapse. Maybe in Juarez, but anyone that thinks that the elected guv'ment isn't in control here in Northern Mexico is smokin' some powerful stuff. Or this "failed nation" nonsense. If you actually read the criteria that some political scientist drew up then you realize that the USA is right behind as a semi-failed nation, yet certainly seems to function pretty well. Yeah ... there is some silly stuff out there. Sure there are shootings. But there were about as many in Jacksonville, FL when I was there. If you stay away from drugs then your chances of getting caught up in anything are very, very remote. 99% of the shootings are drug dealers settling scores and unpaid debts. I might add that I have friends in the military that rank anywhere from the bottom to one Admiral and one General, with a bunch of Majors and Captains in there. And I wouldn't take their travel advice for anything (one of them, now that I think about it, was my former bro-in-law and he warned me to stay out of Juarez because it's been off limits to US servicemen for years). Many of us from South Florida remember Dean, who worked at BMW of Daytona for a spell. Dean was a buddy of mine, but he could get pretty gung ho and right wing politically, especially when we were sitting at the tir a Nog drinking good Irish beer. Anyway, Dean was a retired Major and he had to ride back from the Yucatan when the Tampa-to-Merida ferry went out of business without warning. I never heard him complain a bit about that ride.