Welcome to the new United States policy regarding any type of war:
Spend billions of dollars pushing the problem around until you have managed to buy your way into every other country on the planet!
A bit of an exaggeration, but I am getting really fed-up.
Not only has the "War on Drugs" in general terms been considered an enormous waste of time and money, but we can't even control just what's coming in
from Mexico! We've sent thousands more troops, billions more in financial support to the Mexican government, and still it is crossing our borders!
If you are asking me whether I think the safety of US citizens in general, and the security of those residing specifically in Arizona, Texas, New
Mexico, etc., is more important that what is happening in the Caribbean -- that's exactly what I am saying!
Arizona at least is doing what it can to protect its citizens. They have realized that no amount of money or additional police are going to curb the
problem -- instead they have decided to allow law-abiding citizens to arm themselves. How much did that cost the government? Nada.
with registration fees and taxes on gun sales, Arizona will likely make money
. Imagine that. Improving the security of your citizens by
empowering them and making money all at the same time.
Of course, that was Arizona. What does our current administration think is the best course of action?
He said the US had set aside $70m to fund law enforcement and social programmes in Caribbean countries in 2011.
Such funding had declined under the previous Bush administration.
For "social programs" and law enforcement. In the Caribbean.
Doesn't anyone else see the irony to this? At a time when the states are beginning to legalize drugs in order to close their budget gaps, we are
spending millions more to prevent drugs from circulating.
Does anyone else think that given our current economic situation it may be time for the US to say -- "Hey, we have our own problems, you're on your
own for awhile....."
My intent is not to turn this into a Bush vs. Obama bash fest since they both stink to high heaven anyway, but I would remiss if I did not make
mention of the fact that this funding had been cut way back by Bush, and now is being re-funded and increased by Obama.
Of course, according to the Caribbean, we created the problem anyway and now have to spend more money cleaning it up:
But Gates said Caribbean leaders told him that the situation was getting worse due to the efforts of Plan Merida - the $1.4bn US programme
started in 2007 to help Mexico fight the cartels.
"Their belief [is] that the problem has gotten worse because of the Merida initiative and Mexico's efforts," he said.
Oh well. What's another few billion here and there......
(visit the link for the full news article)