Saturday, September 16, 2006

CALLING OUT DRUG CAVALRY

An LA Times story on Sept. 6 headlined, "Calling in the Drug Cavalry - Afghanistan turns to experienced Colombian narcotics officers for answers."

The reality is that neither Colombia nor any other country has succeeded in significantly curtailing the production of drugs in the face of persistent worldwide demand - except for the Taliban, but they're presumably not candidates to serve as consultants. Meanwhile, pouring more US taxpayer dollars into fighting the war on drugs in Afghanistan's poppy fields seems a dubious stragety, when over $300 million failed to prevent a one-year 60% increase in production.

A definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. It's time for a candid reassessment of this particular war and the premises upon which it's being fought.

2 Comments:

At 9:39 PM, Anonymous KRISTAN HILCHEY said...

AMEN!

 
At 8:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not just hundreds of millions spent in Afghanistan for poppy eradication but also thousands of heavily armed troops with authority to do pretty much whatever they please. The utter failure of such "ideal" (for drug warriors) circumstances to even slow the growth in production combined with the recent flood of illicitly produced fentanyl in the US should prove to any doubters the complete futility of supply reduction strategies.

 

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