Edward Schumacher-Matos in the Washington Post:
The best thing that can be said about the 23,000 people who have been killed during Mexican President Felipe Calderonâ€™s campaign against drug cartels in the last three years is that it proves that the war on drugs will never work.
President Obama calls Calderon Mexicoâ€™s Elliott Ness and is receiving him today in an official state visit. […]
But Elliott Ness never stopped illegal liquor. The lifting of Prohibition did. Similarly, the only solution to the drug trafficking and violence on both sides of the border is to legalize drugs.
That, however, wonâ€™t be on the agenda in the talk between the two presidents.
Nice to see this kind of frank talk in the media at least, even though it’s not happening in official meetings.