I have to give Mitt a half-point for saying he does not favor sending the military into Mexico. It would be worth many points to me if he keeps to
that suggestion. Anyone who fights or favors the Drug War is perpetuating the no-win proposition and making matters worse. We would be extremely
short-sighted to think those drug profits all end up in "Chapo's" or Ernesto's pockets. There are still players in this game that have been in it
since at least the 19th century's opium operations, and now the are very
highly placed in this family inheritance and key players in how this
drug trading scam is to be run - and none of the profit scam works without prohibition.
One might be sympathetic with the war on drugs cause if only the effort was at least partially sincere. There may be sincerety to win over this drug
scourge by some lower-level municipal or state-level law enforcement drug warriors but the people on top, the ones controlling the politics and
conversation about this matter, They are in it for the GOLD. That would be the pure and simple of it except that the Drug War is also armor-piercing
artillery against peoples' rights to privacy, a pass key into your livingroom.
Here is the "lana", the wool, what the wolf wears to raid the herd. The Drug War objective has never been about eradicating the drug trade, it has
always been about controlling the drug trade.
The wool, the lana, has been tailored into a cloak of altruism, the altruistic notion that "drugs
are bad" so whatever effort we make against the drug trade is naturally "good." That just isn't true. It is pervasive but it is not true.
From the first off-site quote of your OP, "...that crusade has been an expensive catastrophe both domestically and internationally. During the decades
since Richard Nixon declared a "war" on illegal drugs in 1971, the United States has spent nearly one trillion dollars trying to eradicate the drug
trade, filled America's prisons with nonviolent drug offenders, ruined millions of lives and undermined the Bill of Rights -- especially the Fourth
Amendment's protections against unreasonable searches and seizures." As stated prior, that is just not the true motive involved, it was never
about eradicating the trade, but the results of the drug war efforts as stated by that writer is very accurate. That article is pleading for drug war
reform but is flawed with a very fatal and pervasive myth of the Drug War Scam that needs to be busted before anything truly positive can be
accomplished. So much for "facts."
edit on 11-9-2012 by Erongaricuaro because: (no reason given)