Don’t Like the Drugs, but the War Must Cease

We’ve been devoting more coverage to the War on Drugs lately, so it’s worth noting when a politician says anything about it other than “full speed ahead.” It’s especially worth noting when a presidential candidate says “I fear the War on Drugs a lot more than I fear the drugs themselves” on a wildly popular TV show:


It’s true that he did not pledge to undo “America’s history of state-enforced slavery, apartheid, and sexism” and return all “land stolen from indigenous people” — which you can be sure the Obama administration is working on right this minute, with Marty Peretz’s blessing — but he might be onto something.

10 thoughts on “Don’t Like the Drugs, but the War Must Cease”

  1. People getting busted ain't nothin. A drug dealer locks down a block…or a few friends. The war on drugs locks down entire countries. Funding right wing paramilitaries and death squads is just the tip of the iceberg. It's all about moving the product. We provide the market and fund the very governments who move the product. Give em guns, build bases, "share intel", 5 and 10 year contracts with almost limitless "options" and insatiable budgets. Lets have a war on poverty and build all the ethnic housing we can, cram them full and pump them full of The Product. When we need bullet sponges, we'll run through there with recruiting stations to send them off to lock down some other much needed products…the minerals and pipelines of Afghanistan, the oil of Iraq and Iran, the Peruvian coke, the weapons deals for the puppets. It's all big business. We're just the stupid drones who consume it after all the blood's been spilled.

  2. What a sick relationship we have created with Pakistan. They use to be our most reliable allies in the war on terror. I can imagine what other countries are thinking when they see what is happening between the US and Pakistan. We want to be respected as nation, but by definition, respect is something you must have in order to receive. God help us from ourselves.

    Supply and Demand. All businesses run on these principles – if one is missing, there is no business.
    America created the demand, and unlike the chicken and the egg theory, the demand comes, and indeed came, first. For 40 years, w could see the lucrative illegal drug industry grow, step by step, in order to meet that demand. This has been the most profitable business in the history of our country. Its business leaders have fought the most powerful nation on earth, in a declared war, and have emerged the absolute winners of the war. They have fought all levels of law enforcement, the Intel community, the DOD, and even foreign militaries and police. What are the results of this declared war? America lost the war. There are more drugs available at lower than ever prices in every corner of this huge country of ours. Business is booming. These business people have corrupted our Intel, DOD, law enforcement and politicians in order for this industry to flourish. It is so lucrative, that if you close one portion of the business, with mass incarcerations, it is a matter of hours for the business interruption to be totally replaced and operational. Just think about it, if it were a legal business, its leaders would be honored above all other leaders in the country for their total business success, success against unimaginable odds. Remember, they are fulfilling the need (demand) of millions of Americans from the highest levels of society.
    The most horrible thing that could happen to these business leaders and their businesses would be to legalize their products. They would all be out of business in one day. Que horror! We could pay off the dept with tax revenues. The drugs would be instantly off the streets and under control of drug stores and clinics.
    Personally, I am always suspicious of those in positions of power and influence who won´t even consider such ideas.

    Our leaders need to wake up: We have totally lost the war, after 40 years of trying. The bad guy won – we have lost. Let´s put them out of business, now.

  3. Alcohol prohibition (1919-1933) is a casebook example of such dangerous folly. Today, alcohol is taxed and regulated; shoot-outs over turf and the killing of innocent bystanders are no longer a daily part of the alcohol trade. So how come so many of us lack the ability to learn from such an important historical lesson, and are instead intent on perpetuating the madness and misery that prohibition has always invariably engendered?

    Colombia, Peru, Mexico or Afghanistan with their coca leaves, marijuana buds or poppy sap are not igniting temptation in the minds of our weak, innocent citizens. These countries are duly responding to the enormous demand that comes from within our own borders. Invading or destroying these countries, thus creating more hate, violence, instability, injustice and corruption, will not fix our problem. We need to collectively admit that we are sick. — Prohibition is neither a sane nor a safe approach; left unabated, its puritanical flames will surely engulf every last one of us!

    Every time the ghastly violence of prohibition is falsely blamed on the users, it diminishes the culpability of those who are truly responsible for maintaining the status quo. Prohibition is an absolute scourge -the end! The use of drugs is NOT the real problem, the system that grants exclusive distribution rights to violent cartels and terrorists IS.

    When governments prohibit drugs they effectively and knowingly hand a monopoly on their sale to dangerous criminals and terrorists. Without a legal framework in which to operate, these black-market entities can always be expected to settle their disputes violently, while terrorizing many peaceful and innocent citizens in the process. Were the users of alcohol to blame for the St Valentines massacre in 1929? Of course not! It is just as naive to assume that one can compel all the users of Marijuana or Cocaine to simply quit, as it is to assume that all the users of Alcohol should have stopped drinking after the introduction of alcohol prohibition in 1919.

  4. Will Wilkerson is no libertarian. Him and the Koch-funded Cato/Reason, beltway 'libertarian' crowd can almost never be counted on to defend the principles of liberty in any consistent manner. They base their beliefs on utility rather than morality and they are completely intolerant of any libertarian that happens to be socially conservative, like Paul. As a libertarian, I am ashamed of these people and think THEY are the embarrassment to the creed, not Ron Paul.

  5. Prisoners being held for the peaceful,non-violent possession,sale,transport or cultivation of cannabis must be released
    I just started a petition on the White House petitions site, We the People.
    Will you sign it?
    We the People allows anyone to create and sign petitions asking the Obama
    Administration to take action on a range of issues. If a petition gets
    enough support, the Obama Administration will issue an official response.

    1. I totally agree with you Don, and will enthusiastically sign gladly your petition. The problem you are up against is the private prison industry in America – they want more prisoners, not less for their flourishing business of incarceration.

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