The Americans swept through Mexico with two missions. The first was to kill every drug cartel and leader they could find, and burn everything they owned in a scorched earth strategy that would destroy the Drug Lords’ power. The second was to find locals who wanted to form new local governments that would hopefully be strong enough to rebuild. Then they left the locals in charge and returned home with a promise to come back if anybody worked with the surviving drug cartels to rebuild. It took two demonstration strikes by Texas Marines to prove the “we mean it” in that promise. But the last thing they wanted to do was stick around trying to rebuild Mexico, so they pulled their military back north of the old Mexican-American border. The Chinese and other enemies of America were on the move, after all. Including those politicians still in Washington who styled themselves the rulers of America. The remaining Mexican Drug Lords paled next to those enemies, and all of them needed to be dealt with permanently.