So here's a Mexican beer salute...
MEXICO CITY (AP) - An army aid convoy headed toward the U.S. border on Wednesday was due to become the first Mexican military unit to operate on U.S. soil since 1846. It carried water treatment plants, mobile kitchens and supplies to feed the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Large Mexican flags were proudly taped to many of the 35 olive-green Mexican Army trucks and tractor trailers as they rumbled northward out of Mexico City Tuesday morning.
The office of President Vicente Fox said the convoy was due to cross into Laredo, Texas, early Thursday.
Radio talk shows and newspapers buzzed with excitement at this turning of the tables for Mexico, which has long been on the receiving end of U.S. disaster relief, and which lost half its territory to the United States in the 1846-48 Mexican American War.
"This is the first time that the United States has accepted a military mission from Mexico" for such work, said Javier Ibarrola, a newspaper columnist who writes about military affairs in Mexico. "This is something that's never happened before."
Welcome to our brothers from south of the border. Sorry about that whole Mexican War thing and don't be lured into a Taco Bell -you'll regret it.