Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Why? Four decades and $1 trillion after Richard Nixon declared war on drugs — the U.S. and Mexico continue to fight a losing battle

Isn’t it about time this madness ends? How long will the American people allow this “War on Drugs” to continue? It’s done more harm than good. So why do authorities persist in draining taxpayer’s money to pursue this wasteful war? That’s the question. A lot of people are making money off of it or it wouldn’t continue. Do you think that’s their angle?   

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“Standing with Holder that day in 2009 was acting Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart, who declared: "Today we have dealt the Sinaloa drug cartel a crushing blow."

But just how crushing was it? An Associated Press investigation casts doubt on whether the crackdown caused any significant setback for the cartel. It still ranks near the top of Mexico's drug gangs, and most of those arrested were underlings who had little connection to the cartel and were swiftly replaced. The cartel leader remains free, along with his top commanders.

The findings confirm what many critics of the drug war have said for years: The government is quick to boast about large arrests or drug seizures, but many of its most-publicized efforts result in little, if any, slowdown in the drug trade

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