How our foolish war on drugs resurrected the Taliban
By Raymond Richman and Howard Richman
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We have confused a war for survival with a failed war on drugs. Our inability to control the domestic consumption of drugs led Congress and administration after administration to externalize it, wasting tens of billions of dollars in an endeavor that was doomed to fail because our interference in the internal affairs of nations for our domestic reasons alienated large numbers of their population and resulted in the election of leaders hostile to the U.S. in such countries as Bolivia, Venezuela, and Ecuador and destabilizing Mexico.
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Let us recognize the fact that prohibition did not work with alcohol and has not worked with cocaine, marijuana, or heroin. Instead of wasting money as we have been doing for decades, we shall gain revenues instead. We shall gain friends instead of making enemies abroad as we have been doing.
We believe the war against the Taliban and al-Qaida is unwinnable as long as the drug war continues in Afghanistan. ESR
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What will the unemployed Drug Kingpins do? Go into Medicare fraud.
End “Drug Prohibition” now. Save the children in the cities from the violence.
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