Jun 17, 2011

Whack-a-mole: Drug War Intensity

A detailed look at the actual organization of the government's war on drugs, by Tom Barry of the TransBorder Project of the Center for International Policy

Border Lines: Drug War Intensity: "In the past two and a half years, President Obama has opened new fronts in the drug war at home and abroad. The March 2009 launch of the Southwest Border Initiative and the creation of the illegal drug-focused Alliance for Combat Transnational Threats signaled, among other things, the Obama administration’s commitment to enforcing drug prohibition.

Despite the evident failures of President Felipe Calderón’s military-led drug war in Mexico – as measured by spreading bloodshed, failed governance in many areas, and gross abuses by the government’s security forces –the Obama administration continues U.S. support for this drug war across our southern border.
The Obama administration, through the White House’s Office of National Drug Policy (ONDCP), has distanced itself from the “war on drugs” rhetoric embraced by previous administrations – from President Nixon through George. W. Bush.

But it continues to support the instruments of the drug war at home and abroad, such as multiagency drug task forces and foreign counternarcotics aid."

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