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Lacking a strategy

Bradley C. Schreiber, a guy who has made his living from the drug war, has an OpEd in The Baltimore Sun: Drug war lacks a plan: To succeed against narcotics traffickers, Obama should let the drug czar be a drug czar.

While it may seem like an obvious thing to have, the United States surprisingly lacks a comprehensive plan to bring down drug trafficking organizations. The federal government does have some counterdrug strategies, but they are either too broad – like the annual National Drug Control Strategy, which reads more like an “accomplishment report” of past successes rather than a “how to” manual – or too narrowly focused, like the National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy, which addresses, among other things, ways to strengthen security along the border itself. […]

The U.S. needs a comprehensive plan that not only includes ways to more aggressively dismantle all the drug trafficking routes, but also focuses on stemming the flow of money to the cartels and reducing domestic demand.

Well, you see Bradley, there is a strategy available that would “aggressively dismantle all the drug trafficking routes,” that “focuses on stemming the flow of money to the cartels” and would be helpful in reducing domestic demand harm.

It’s called legalization and regulation.

But as long as those words aren’t in the Drug Czar’s vocabulary, he’s not going to be able to develop a strategy to accomplish those goals.

Do you really think that with decades of fighting and billions spent and all the things we’ve tried, the only reason we haven’t gotten the drug war to work is we haven’t had a good enough plan?

There’s a kind of delusion involved here. It’s the kind that says “I can stop water from traveling downhill if I just try harder, or use a different shovel.”

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7 comments to Lacking a strategy

  • Kozmo

    “which reads more like an “accomplishment report” of past successes”

    LOL! That must be one dismal “accomplishment report”.
    Bradley might try reading it sometime and comparing it to the truth.

  • kaptinemo

    Mr. Schreiber needs to re-read Orwell’s Animal Farm. And pay special attention to the character of The Horse. Worked and worked and worked to death, while the corrupt Pigs laughed at his stupidity for being so diligent.

    If it’s not obvious enough, the DrugWar is the Animal Farm, the DrugCzar’s office is analogous to the Pigs, while the DEA and all the anti-drug forces are the Horse…being worked to death for a pointless endeavor that benefits only the anti-drug hierarchy and the dealers, but the Horses are certain, so certain, that with even more effort they can win!

    A trillion dollars and almost a hundred years. And the problem has reached the stage where it truly does represent a national security issue…but only because the efforts to ‘fight drugs’ has made it so.

    You don’t put out fires by throwing petrol on them, and when the fire is magnesium-based, you don’t use water. But these goofs just keep pitching petrol and water on it. And they complain when they get nothing for their efforts but 3rd degree burns?

    As fictional American icon once said, “Stupid is as stupid does.” And nothing could be more stupid than that…

  • kaptinemo

    Related: from : Horse’s Ass Seattle:
    Pulling Back the Curtain on Rob McKenna’s War on the Sick This thread shows the dangers involved when putative ‘public servants’ take it upon themselves to try to undermine MMJ laws. It’s disgusting, but all too familiar to reformers.

    I implore all and sundry to make regular stops there, as the blogger Lee regularly rips into the prohibs and takes no prisoners. And his comments are open to all.

  • R.O.E.

    This is my post on Horsesass Seattle.

    This fight over cannabis is about freedom. The right to put in your body what you wish.
    I for one would like to have intensive studies dont to find what medicines cannabis can provide. If we could have medicine to fight cancer,are any of you going to tell me you wont use it because its cannabis? If so you havent witnessed someone dying of cancer or had it your self. But back to my original statement, this is about freedom.

    It must be a dark time indeed. Our ELECTED officials are fighting what we the people have voted for,why do they think they can go against the will of the people? They work for us. If those that dont agree with medical cannabis laws…Go vote! Thats how it works. If we would vote that penguins are tasty snacks to be eaten, you can bet people who love animals will vote thier butts off, but we dont arrest people for eating said penguins because law says we can eat them. Medical cannabis is no different. We voted for it.

    People in this country better pull their heads out of their rearends before we ruin our freedoms. I’ve said for a very long time, “We are lawing ourselves right out of the very freedoms our founders fought so hard to give us.”

    At least lets meet in the middle somewhere.

    “Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.”
    From Benito Mussolini
    “London Sunday Express,” December 8, 1935

    You know damn well that these lessons of the past are used today. How easy it must be to convince people they are living in a ‘free’ society.

    Heres some common sense to counter this type of thinking.

    I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826)

    Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have … The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826)

    We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826), letter to Samuel Kercheval, July 12, 1816

    A little rebellion now and then…is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826), Letter to James Madison, 1787

    If none of these quotes ring true to you, you are truely un-American.

  • DdC

    Exit Strategy
    “Ethan Nadelmann, DPA Network”

    Remember when the new drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske, told the Wall Street Journal he wanted to end the war on drugs? Well, it’s time for him to come up with an exit strategy.

    Congressman Sam Farr News – Town Hall
    Tuesday, 10 November 2009

    How will the Truth in Trials Act, which you introduced on Oct. 27, reinforce that medical marijuana laws be enforced at the state rather than federal level?

  • claygooding

    When our government can show me a plan that costs less than legalization and allowing pot users to grow their own,
    I would like to hear it.