On August 27th, I caught a remark by President CalderÃ³n buried in the Honduras Weekly and the Latin American Herald Tribune:
If Americans â€œare determined and resigned to consume drugs, then look for market alternatives that cancel out the criminalsâ€™ astronomical profits or establish clear entry points for the drugs distinct from the border with Mexico, but this situation can no longer continue unchanged,â€ he said.
A powerful and provocative statement. I also noted that mainstream media seemed to be ignoring that part of the speech entirely.
On August 30th (three days later) another blogger named Tim Padgett somehow found out about CalderÃ³n’s statement (maybe on his own, maybe somebody pointed out my post, I don’t know) and also wrote about it.
Well, Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowski has responded to the story by writing to… me? No, he wrote to Tim.
So what’s the deal, Gil? Don’t you like me? Why does Tim get the love? He was a little late to the game – you should have been writing me.
Is it something I said? Did your secretary lose my address? Just ask Michele for it – she probably has it.
I’ll admit that it may have something to do with the fact that Tim’s blog happens to reside at Time.com, providing a significant automatic boost in readers compared to DrugWarRant.com.
Could it also have anything to do with the fact that I might not be a particularly easy audience for your letter? And that you thought you might be able to pull one past the mainstream media guy (it’s always worked in the past)? Well, it’s a different world now, so if that was the case, it only half worked.