Radley Balko talks about a recent O’Reilly show with Charles Krauthammer on to talk about the Missouri SWAT raid.
I really loathe this about cable news. They bring in the same personalities to talk what’s going on in the news. It doesn’t matter if those personalities have the slightest idea what they’re talking about. They’re on TV not because they have specialized knowledge about a given story, but because they’re talented at applying standard partisan talking points to a wide variety of issues. And now, Dick Morris will talk about the Federal Reserve. Joining us to explain what the drug war violence in Mexico means to you, here’s Democratic strategist Bob Beckell. Their job is to tell the portion of the audience that already agrees with them what the audience already thinks it knows. Everyone is stupider for it.
What the hell does Charles Krauthammer know about the drug war? He knows he’s in favor of it. That seems to be about it. What does he know about the increasingly militaristic way the drug war is being waged? Judging by this video, absolutely nothing.
I stopped watching cable news long ago for that very reason, but I realize that many people get their view of the world from idiots who don’t know what they’re talking about.
The Bizarre Universe of Drug Prohibition by Charles Shaw for openDemocracy.net
International drug policy is at a tipping point. Emerging from a forty year repressive dark age following the excesses of the 1960-1970s, the world seems ready to begin making serious changes in response to problems that have not been getting any better. But has the world learned enough to craft a saner, more compassionate approach to drug use?
Depressing quote, but way too common.
While TreviÃ±o and other local officials would not call the drug war a failure, they admit much progress needs to be made in the fight against drug trafficking and abuse. None said the battle should end. And those interviewed said they do not favor legalization.
â€œWe canâ€™t just pull out,â€ TreviÃ±o said. â€œWe must continue fighting drug gangs. The stakes are way too high and we are in it too deep to quit.â€
“… we are in it too deep to quit.”
It’s like driving the wrong way on the expressway all night, knowing something is wrong, but refusing to get directions because you don’t want to face the fact that you’ve wasted all that time, so you continue heading the wrong way.
This is an open thread.