Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the US can do more to help Mexico battle drug cartels, which have started operating more like terrorists and insurgent groups.
The comments came in a speech in San Francisco Friday to the nonpartisan Commonwealth Club.
She said helping Mexico in the fight is one of her highest priorities.
Clinton said it's one of the most difficult fights that any country faces today, and it's a fight they've seen over the last couple of decades in Colombia.
"We are watching drug traffickers undermine and corrupt governments in Central America, and we are watching the brutality, the barbarity of their violent assaults on mayors and mayors, the press, as well as each other, in Mexico," says Clinton.
The remarks come as the U-S works with Mexico to try to find David Hartley.
Hartley is an American believed to have been shot by drug bandits on a lake that's split between Mexico and Texas.
Hartley is reported to have been shot during a September 30th boating trip by gunmen investigators believe are linked to a Mexican drug gang.