August 24th, 2012
02:05 PM ET

3 U.S. Marines shot in Mexico

Three U.S. Marines were injured in a shooting south of Mexico City on Friday morning, a Mexican military official told CNN Mexico.

The motive behind the attack on the American servicemen, who were on a diplomatic mission, was not immediately known.

Unknown gunmen inside what was described as a Mexican federal police vehicle fired upon a U.S. Embassy vehicle that carried the U.S. servicemen, said the official, who declined to be named for security reasons.

The injured Marines were transported to a hospital in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

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  1. LegalJew

    The Mexican people are wise smart hard working people, but the Gov. needs to do something about the open border that connects U.S & Mex.

    August 25, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. hitwithafade

    you can bet that hospital will send a bill to the USA....unlike our hospitals will not do to the thousands of Mexicans they will treat this week and deliver their babies from the instructions on Mexican bulletin boards in Mexican prenatal clinics

    August 25, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. 2bbcontinued

    Why would they want the US "back"? it would end up like Mexico. If they knew how to run a country, Mexico wouldn't be the hell hole it is. Always find it amusing when I hear about wanting the US "back". So I guess Canada would be next so it could be turned into a pit too.

    August 25, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. malcolmkyle

    Mexico's gruesome civil war is clearly a product of the failed policy of Prohibition.

    Alcohol Prohibition was a tremendous failure due to the incredible amount of crime and disorder it created. Human nature hasn't changed since the 1920s when the distribution of liquor was turned over to a whole new group of criminal entrepreneurs. Drug Prohibition has turned Mexico into a civil war zone. Dangerous mind altering substances are again being manufactured, smuggled and sold by criminals. Our intentions in prohibiting these substances may well be good but the result of our inability to recognize the futility of such an action will both deepen and prolong the agony caused by this extremely counter-productive and dangerous policy.

    The future depends on whether or not enough of us are willing to take a long look at the tragic results of prohibition. If we continue to skirt the primary issue while refusing to address the root problem then we can expect no other result than a worsening of the current dire situation. Good intentions, wishful thinking and pseudoscience are no match for the immutable realities of human nature.

    August 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vicki

      I agree with your statement. The more we try and control these things, the more we create a sub culture of behavior that enables criminal activity as it actually promotes a huge financial bonus to those who supply the need that is prevalent in a repressed society. We need to address the psychological and sociological behaviors that encourage drug use and solve the problem that way, not through various means of outward control as obviously that never works.

      September 2, 2012 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Very. Simple. FACT.

      70%+ of Mexican drug cartel funding comes from Marijuana.

      That's right.

      You can cut more than 2/3 of the cartel's budget while simultaneously doubling or tripling the budgets of the organizations fighting them AND focusing their attention on truly damaging drugs & activities such as human trafficking, all by doing 1 simple thing:

      Allowing Americans to pursue happiness how they see fit and TAXING it.

      whoda thunk it? Americans being free.

      September 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesse

      I've recently watched several episodes of Gangland on History channel. Almost all of the criminals interviewed said they were small time hoods when they were arrested and put in prison, they all came out Big time drug lords because of the connections made during their prison term. What more proof do they need that jail time does not equal drug prevention or abuse?

      The main reason they keep marijuana illegal is pharmaceutical lobbyists paying out millions per year to the government to keep it from hitting their profits.

      September 6, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. james ainoris

    Remmeber "NAFTA" was supposed to improve the economy of Mexico...and turn them away from drus and crime.... what happened? Most Mexican people are good.... we only hear about negative acts at the border (of land we stole from them "manifest destiny" read about the St. Patricks brigade where Irish immigrants fought WITH mexico against American army saying they are like the British) It seems this "global village" thing hasnt worked out to well... greed has taken over again.. what worries me is the last time europe and America's economy failed we had world war 2.... lets pray this doent happen again...Shalom

    August 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nona Yerbiz

      Didn't Mexico steal it from the natives too?

      August 28, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      No Nona.

      The natives stole it from the animals. (The natives stole it from the Natives)*. The Spanish stole it from the natives. The Mexicans stole it from the Spanish. The Americans "stole"/bought/won/traded it from the Mexicans.

      You've got to keep up with the chain of custody! 🙂

      *: this step happened several hundred times over different parts of the land in question.

      September 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jeepmanjr

    Where's the outcry? Where's the posturing? Where's the saber rattling? If a few Mexican Marines had been shot in the US...OMG...seriously, could you only imagine? I've had it up to here with the Mexicans. Enough already.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • d43d3n

      Where's the outcry? Where's the posturing? Where's the saber rattling? If a few Mexican Marines had been shot in the US...OMG...seriously, could you only imagine? I've had it up to here with the Mexicans. Enough already.
      -------------------–

      Look in the mirror buddy.

      Also, are you implying that Mexicans would be up-in-arms if Mexican soldiers were shot on American soil? I'm not sure why you are assuming that, but I doubt it would be any worse than the current situation; I've no reason to believe otherwise.

      August 29, 2012 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Big Paulie

      What can we do to Mexico that hasn't been done already? Poison their water? That is done already. Corrupt their officials? Check. Kill their citizens randomly? Cartels have that covered. Destroy their currency? Too late...

      Mexico is like the rotting meat hat to South and Central America's Lady Gaga.

      September 4, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. Name*Ramon Espinosa

    Hunt the Attackers down, give them no rest ,ever 24/7 365 forever

    August 26, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. fithsun

    it is time to invade mexico !!!!!

    August 26, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tobias

    Sounds like Mexico is in need of a refresher course; Time for another "Dungeree Liberty" just like the one we pulled back in 1958!

    August 26, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • G.B. Bshara

      Mexico has been an international joke for centuries. With more natural resources than most other countries, they utilize ... approximately zero, and their biggest industry is selling drugs. You can make all the excuses in the world, but it basically comes down to what one might laughingly call their "culture."

      We should have cut off all legal immigration from there years ago, and enforced it. Closing the border is easy - we just don't have anyone in charge with enough gonads to do it.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • d43d3n

      International joke?

      What a baseless accusation. Mexico does have and uses its natural resources; Its among the top producers of oil. Its 11th in population and 14th Gross Domestic Product. Drugs is Mexico's number one export? What an outrageous comment. Read a book buddy. Your making the American educational system look like an international joke when you clearly know nothing about your southern neighbor.

      August 29, 2012 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. Tracy

    Not all US Embassies have Marines! The US Embassy in Juarez doesn't, they are all Mexicans. Wonder why that is???

    August 27, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Hohumm

      Because it's not an embassy, stupid.

      August 28, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • scorpioman

      Excuse me my friend but, as a former US State Dept. employee who served at diplomatic posts (Embassy,Consulate) overseas, I must make a couple of comments regards your post.

      1. Yes, internal security at US Embassies & Consulates overseas is provided by well trained, elite, US Marines.

      2. There is No US Embassy in Juarez Mexico. There is a US Consulate in Juarez.

      P.S. American Embassies overseas are located in the capital city of the host country.

      August 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dorcas

    thanks to the police for their immediate action and also the citizen for their understanding and for trying to bee their brother's keepers.

    August 27, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. tjmm5

    merely FYI ... and I've been there: The embassies in Bosnia, Republic of Georgia, and Afghanistan are NOT protected by US Marines. I Bosnia & Georgia the guards are local nationals. IN Afghanistan they are contracted American and Nepalese civilians.

    August 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Badly-Bent

    Drones make such good escorts. . .

    August 29, 2012 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • scorpioman

      Right, or as they are called by the terrorist's, Death from the Sky. :>)

      August 29, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Qman

    As some of you know.. there has always beena double standard for Americans. If any country were to lose soldiers on American soil due to voilence, there would be intense outrage, and i'm sure we would have to pay a hefty fine.

    Now flip that...

    American soldiers get a nice story told on a CNN website.

    My condolences to all the families involved in this matter.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Marc

    For a us embassy vehicle to be fired on... Isn't that the same thing as a direct attack on US soil? I could see if it was a random attack but something like this has to be intentional and our government has to respond to it adequately.

    September 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
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