U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano defended Washington’s failed war on drugs and vowed to continue to support brutal Latin American governments claiming to combat the producers and traffickers of narcotics.
At a joint news conference with Mexican Interior Minister Alejandro Poire, Napolitano was asked why Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman, the leader of the powerful Mexican drug cartel Sinaloa, had not yet been captured.
Napolitano compared Guzman to Osama bin Laden. “It took us 10 years to find Osama Bin Laden and we found him,” she answered.
But the fact that certain big name cartel bosses have not yet been caught or killed has nothing to do with the failure of the drug war. Domestically, the drug war has been the source of social decay, wasting of taxpayer dollars, and the most comprehensive civil liberties infringements.
In the realm of foreign policy, the drug war has provided a pretext for supporting Latin American regimes with horrendous human rights abuses. The U.S. has trained and supported heinous paramilitary groups from Colombia to Guatemala to Honduras. And by implementing prohibitionist policies throughout the region, the U.S. has strengthened the power of cartels and influenced their own unspeakable violence.
In Mexico, which Napolitano spoke about specifically, the U.S. pushed for over-reliance on harsh law enforcement and militaristic approaches to the drug war resulting about 50,000 deaths in just five years. “Instead of reducing violence, Mexico’s ‘war on drugs’ has resulted in a dramatic increase in killings, torture, and other appalling abuses by security forces, which only make the climate of lawlessness and fear worse in many parts of the country,” said José Miguel Vivanco of Human Rights Watch.
The war on drugs has been an utter failure and has deteriorated the lives and liberties of people all over the Americas and beyond. Numerous Latin American leaders have recognized this, but U.S. policy appears to be steadfast nonetheless.
9 thoughts on “Janet Napolitano Insists Drug War Not a Failure”
Sooooooo…what's she smokin'? Of course, if she is referring only to the massive amounts of money we've spent supporting South and Central American dictatorships that readily take the money but do little else…well, she might be right. But otherwise…NOT!!
Napolitano is a bozo bitch…………………………………………….
To discover if perhaps the weaker sex had a more logical way of thinking, I took this course at UW Superior called “Psychology of Women. Which turned out to be pure fiction, but it did give me a new close friendship with the head of all the public radio stations in Columbia. He was a taking a course in Mass Communication, so at dinner one evening I asked him, “Tell me true, why is your country destroying the young men in our slums with your slum drugs?” Whereupon it said,
“John, do you think we would be shipping
boat loads and boat loads of drugs into your
country without your official’s permission?”
The War on Drugs is a brainchild of the Rothchild Banking Cartel centered in London, and exist for the sole purpose of keeping the retail price of illegal drugs (narcotics) at artificially high levels. As long as the International Banking Cartel, and high ranking govenment officals in all "friendly countries" (including the US) make huge profits from illegal drugs, the War on Drugs will continue.
And the Democrats accuse the Republicans of being delusional. On the other hand the drug war exists to maintain huge anti-American government agencies like the DEA so what else would she say. It's like an oil industry spokesman extolling the virtues of SUVs that get 5 miles a gallon.
What a travesty the "war on drugs" is. As stupid as it is immoral.
Of course, Ms. Napolitano is speaking on behalf of her corporate masters who have amassed vast fortunes as a result of the War of Drugs.
Of course it's not been a failure. What anti-drug resources woulgd we have to-day were it not for the billions paid into the 'War on Drugs'.
Just like all the military rersources used to combat IED's that can be used the in next war IEDs are used. Or all the anti-jungle resources developed to help 'win' Vietnam.
It's been a 'no failure' because America doesn't like to lose.
The war on drugs was never meant to be won just perpetuated endlessly with an industry fattened on fed dollars.
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