War on Drugs

The war on drugs is a dramatic title for prohibition of some drugs disapproved by the American government while others remain legal. One which is allowed is alcohol. It was prohibited with the full force of law, with criminal penalties and police action. This demonstrates that the law is not there to deliver justice or peace. It has become a tool used by various special interests for manipulating people, what is called Social Engineering. Mr R. Belser wrote a good critique of the whole thing, his War on Drugs. It has cost billions while filling prisons. It also keeps hundreds of thousands from doing useful work. But as he points out, the worst aspect has been the trampling on our Liberty, our Freedom, our human rights using narcotics as an excuse.

It got more serious, more expensive back in the 1960s. There was a fervour among the propagandists. Now in 2012 doubts are being expressed by people in power or near the levers thereof. See for example White House Czar Calls for End to War on Drugs. This may translate into action eventually but a lot of people are making their living out of this on the legal side of matters. Even more Free Traders are making money because the price of the product has been forced up by government interference in the market place.

War on Drugs ex Wiki
The War on Drugs is a campaign of prohibition and foreign military aid and military intervention undertaken by the United States government, with the assistance of participating countries, and the stated aim to define and reduce the illegal drug trade.[5][6] This initiative includes a set of drug policies of the United States that are intended to discourage the production, distribution, and consumption of illegal psychoactive drugs. In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared that "drug abuse is public enemy number one" in speaking to the people. In January 1972 Richard Nixon coined the term "War on Drug Abuse". The only time that Richard Nixon knowingly used the term "War on Drug" was at the end of a September 1972 trip report covering his trip to Laredo, Texas. By then the media had started to refer to the War on Drugs to more appropriately describe the strategies proposed by Mr. Nixon. (see American Presidency Project). In his essay, drug war historian, Richard Gicomeng writes that "a 'War on Drug Abuse' is to a 'War on Drugs', just as a 'War on Child Abuse' would be to a 'War on Children' or LBJ's 'War on Poverty' would be to a 'War on Capitalism'".

On May 13, 2009, Gil Kerlikowske, the current Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), signaled that although it did not plan to significantly alter drug enforcement policy, the Obama administration would not use the term "War on Drugs," as he claims it is "counter-productive".[7] ONDCP's view is that "drug addiction is a disease that can be successfully prevented and treated... making drugs more available will make it harder to keep our communities healthy and safe."(2011)[8] One of the alternatives that Mr. Kerlikowske has showcased is Sweden's Drug Control Policies that combine balanced public health approach and opposition to drug legalization. The prevalence rates for cocaine use in Sweden are barely one-fifth of European neighbors such as the United Kingdom and Spain.[9]
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White House Czar Calls for End to 'War on Drugs' - WSJ.com
BBC News - Global war on drugs 'has failed' say former leaders
Mexican Drug War During... 18 months the Mexican government has spent about $7 billion USD in the war against drugs.
Commentary: War on drugs is insane
Chris Christie Calls War On Drugs 'A Failure'
Ending the War on Drugs: The Moment is Now


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