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
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.”