At The National Interest: Re-Framing Drug Violence
If thereâ€™s a fire in your kitchen, the temptation is to throw water on itâ€”but not if itâ€™s a grease fire. In a similar vein, the U.S. governmentâ€™s get-tough approach to drugs is counterproductive. […]
Like putting out a grease fire with water, employing the tools of war against the social phenomenon of drugs has been wholly destructive. […]
Accountability for drug violence must be laid at the feet not only of ruthless drug cartels but also of American analysts and officials too obtuse or self-serving to see the failure of their policies.
An effective analogy.
However, I think my own analogy may be a bit more apt:
“Some days it feels like Iâ€™m watching a house on fire. And one idiot wants to put it out with a machine gun. The other one wants to use grenades. And Iâ€™m standing there with a bucket of water and they look at me like Iâ€™m crazy.”