There are a lot of similarities between the War on Drugs and the War in Iraq.

  • Both are unwinnable.?
  • Both cause of increasing violence, unrest and loss of American lives.?
  • Both cost American taxpayers billions.
  • Both were initiated by Republican-led administrations (Nixon/Bush).??
  • And both continue despite pleas from knowledgeable and experienced leaders (Army Generals and Police Chiefs) in each arena.

It’s nice to finally see politicians, democrats and republicans alike, finally listening to the generals and not to the draft-dodging republican elites that got us into the war in Iraq without any strategy for winning.

Now, if only they would start doing the same thing at home.

It is, of course, never going to happen.

Well- not this year anyway.

Even though law enforcement professionals from around the country have been, for years, calling for changes in the drug laws (see LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), the “legalize drugs” message is not ready for any serious 2008 candidate to adopt- except maybe Dennis Kucinich.

But don’t give up hope.

Remember? Dennis Kucinich was the only 2004 presidential candidate who was against the War in Iraq.

And this year, well everyone is following is lead.

Advice to 2012 presidential hopefuls:? start honing your “End the War on Drugs” message now.

  • Truly Anonymous

    As usual, the GOP plays games with names to cover their policy failures. It’s NOT really the “War on Drugs”- it’s the “War on Young Urban Minority Males.”

    The Quakers, through the AFSC have done some of the best studies that prove IRREFUTABLY what a destructive and rascist failure this “war” has become.

  • Daniel Jack Williamson

    What other wars should we give up on because we judge them to be unwinnable?

    The war on terror?

    The war on poverty?

    The war on crime?

    Should we just capitulate on all fronts?

    One of the problems I have with the libertarian philosophy is that it requires us to tolerate a great many unpleasant things that perhaps we shouldn’t.

    What makes a war unwinnable? Isn’t it just a matter of attitude?

  • “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” – Benjamin Franklin

  • Daniel Jack Williamson

    The war on drugs should be fought differently, no doubt. So I don’t propose doing the same thing over and over. However, abandoning the war on drugs by legalizing them does not create a tolerable situation. The Netherlands has already embarked on such an experiment, and I wouldn’t want to recreate those conditions in the USA.

    I don’t know why sentencing for minority males is so much harsher for drug crimes than it is for drug offenders of other descriptions beyond the hypothesis that the minority offenders are appearing before racist prosecutors and judges. I firmly believe prosecution and sentencing should be even-handed across the board. If it is a matter of racism among prosecutors and judges, then that’s hardly the sole fault of the GOP. Our urban areas, where there is a greater concentration of minority males, also tend to be more Democrat. Therefore, Democrat judges and prosecutors, chosen by the (mostly Democrat) voters require just as much scrutiny as Republican judges and prosecutors.

    I have always thought it would be useful if there were a political action committee in Ohio that studied the judges’ track records across the state who weighed in at election time with their endorsements of those judges who were the most even-handed in their court rulings and sentencings. In our current system, name recognition is the chief selection method used by voters when electing judges. This needs to change.

    Also, the emphasis in the war on drugs needs to be aimed primarily at cutting off the demand for drugs and only secondarily cutting off the supply of drugs. If no one wants the drugs, then no one will buy them, even when they are available. Currently, our war on drugs puts the cart before the horse.

    The war on drugs is winnable so long as we have the proper attitude and use a responsible game plan.

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