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Talking sense on the drug war in Mexico

Obama's SoS:

The United States is at least as responsible as Mexico for the violent drug wars that are roiling its southern neighbor because of an insatiable U.S. market for narcotics, the failure to stop weapons smuggling southward and a three-decade "war" on drugs that "has not worked," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday.

"Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade. Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the deaths of police officers, soldiers and civilians," Clinton said.

"How could anyone conclude any differently? . . . I feel very strongly we have co-responsibility," she said.

+100, +1000, +10,000...

Legalization is probably a little bit much to ask, though it would sure boost the economy!

NOTE I say "Obama's SoS" because that's what Hillary Clinton's title is. I don't think she is or should be a free agent; that's not what the role of a cabinet officer. I also feel that Obama's the President we have, and it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to keep looking backward at what might have happened had the outcome of the primaries been different (that being an entirely different thing from drawing lessons from the primary process) That said, I think a rational statement on the drug wars is something very few people can make, and good for her! And that said, if Hillary's ever a free agent again, I'll be very, very interested in what she has to say.

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Submitted by Sarah on

the guns and money to pay for the guns and make the profits on the dope come from the US.

There are two ways, I think, we could approach this. One is to rethink (and maybe just quit?) the war on drugs.

The other is to fight it like we mean it.

Twenty years ago there was a Mexican cartel. Now there are several. Colombian cartels ran that nation for awhile.

If insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, what is the war on drugs?

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Submitted by vastleft on

I'm waiting to hear HRC say something explicit about unwinding the WoD before I'm ready to hand out the +100s, etc. Lambert may be reading it right -- I just found the actual quote a little ambiguous....