18 September 2007

Global War On Drugs

This is a point of contention for me. After 20+ yrs nothing was been accomplished with the exception of spending my money on a worthless endeavor. This war has had some minor successes, like they stop a shipment or so a year, but unfortunately none of the stoppage has put a dent in the flow of drugs into the US. So why do we continue to fight a war that we seemingly cannot win? A very good question with only one answer--bureaucracy. They have created a monster that can only consume resources and produces little in return. Now ask why does it continue? If it were a business and showed as little return on investment it would have shut down years ago. But instead it just keeps consuming with little results. Then why does it live on? Another short answer--money! The contractors in the WOD are making billions and billions and that will keep the war going forever.

As Nathan Nadelmann has said, "it is always dangerous when rhetoric drives policy". They want to reduce the use of drugs by American society, but think about it, has there ever been a drug free society? HELL NO! But day after day, these guys just keep the rhetoric coming. The rhetoric that "we" are winning the WOD, when in reality there is a wealth of info that says we are not. You have about as much chance for a drug free society as you had an alcohol free society in the Prohibition. And how did that work out?

You do realize that if the WOD and Iraq War were eliminated there would be enough money for just about ALL social programs, to include Health, education, etc. So now I ask you, what is more important to you, the WOD or the betterment of the American people?


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