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Article posted Feb 29 2012, 3:34 PM Category: Politics/Corruption Source: Print

U.S. Tells South America to Shut Up About Legalizing Drugs

by Scott Morgan

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has a message for everyone who thinks the drug war is bad: you're wrong, it's awesome.
(Reuters) - Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano defended Washington's drug war strategy on Monday despite calls by some Latin American leaders to consider decriminalizing narcotics.
"I would not agree with the premise that the drug war is a failure," Napolitano said. "It is a continuing effort to keep our peoples from becoming addicted to dangerous drugs." [Reuters]
Okay, but what do these two sentences have to do with one another? Yes, we know the drug war is "a continuing effort to keep our peoples from becoming addicted to dangerous drugs [and marijuana]," but I don't understand what that has to do with whether or not it's been a failure. This is like saying, "I would not agree with premise that asbestos is toxic. It is a material used to insulate buildings."

So in a metaphorical sense, you could say that American drug policy is made of asbestos, and Janet Napolitano has been given the fun assignment of convincing a bunch of frustrated foreign leaders that the sickness and death presently surrounding them was caused by something other than the one thing that's obviously causing it.

It's a ridiculous situation that lends itself to some really ridiculous arguments, such as Napolitano preposterously comparing Mexican Drug Kingpin Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman to Osama Bin Laden:
"It took us 10 years to find (al Qaeda chief) Osama bin Laden and we found him, and you know what happened there," Napolitano said.
Yeah, but the fact that these drug lords are as slippery as Osama f#$king Bin Laden ought not to inspire confidence. Seriously, I don't even know what her point is supposed to be, because it's gotta be pretty damn obvious to Latin American leaders that we don't have enough SEAL teams to track down and kill every wannabe drug boss all over the globe. Their services, unlike Bin Laden's, are actually popular with much of the American public.

Calls for legalization in Latin America are going to get louder the longer this idiocy continues, and it should surprise no one that the U.S. government's latest attempts to suppress it are utterly and predictably devoid of substance as always.

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Posted: Feb 29 2012, 8:42 PM

69171 Oh they want to keep our people free of drugs really then why is the fbi bringing them in by the tons they've been caught over and over. They just want to put everyone in jail and people are waking up to the con

Posted: Feb 29 2012, 11:35 PM

184100 Oh shut your gash of a whole Napoitalino, If we the people of America want anymore of your horseshit spewing about shit way above your level of intellegance or shoe size we the people of our country will continue to find you irrelivant, and very unnecessary.

Posted: Mar 01 2012, 5:44 AM

5082 Think it is funny how the broke USA will spend billions of dollars we don't have on this war on drugs. The situation is simple, I can tell you why this war on drugs will never end. Supply and demand, can you make xanax, vicodin, etc. any of these pharmaceutical drugs out of your home? NO most people can not so the pharmaceutical companies can put a nice price tag on it. If we had looser laws on drugs it would cost the pharmaceutical companies billions of dollars in loses. My point in this breif summary of the coruption our country faces with multi- billion dollar corporations and laws that are made against drugs, is that by making somthing legal that any person can make or grown on their own would make these corporations lose big money. They would lose money beacuse if marijuana was legal and you could grow it on your own then you may no longer need the xanax or vicodin and to add to that they could not control the market value on a plant you gown in your house. They can control the price of their products because you can't make it yourself. The biggest competion they have is natural drugs and treatments. I could go on for days about this but don't have the time. My personal opinon is to not just legalize every drug on the face of the planet but become more relaxed on drugs in general. Stop putting people in jail for 10-15 years over marijuana. Stop making felons out of people that got caught with a little coke, or a bag of mushrooms.
news flash

Posted: Mar 01 2012, 6:23 PM


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