It appears that the President is facing some awkward pressure from Latin America leaders who advocate decriminalizing and regulating marijuana and possibly cocaine. Likely they’re tired of having US military and law enforcement crawling all over their countries as well as the corrupt and violent influence of the Drug Cartel black market caused by interdiction.
This is an idea whose time has long been coming, and it’s a relief to see Latin American leaders–who probably put up with more garbage because of the ridiculous way we fight the War On Drugs than anyone else–finally being willing to speak up on our insanity. I’m relieved to see that as Central and South America continue to advance politically and economically, they are increasingly willing to push back harder against America’s ridiculous efforts in the fight against drugs.
If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, nothing illustrates this better than the insane way we have fought the so-called “War On Drugs” for the last several decades.
(This item cross-posted to Dean’s World.)
Dean Esmay is the author of Methuselah’s Daughter. He has contributed to Dean’s World, Huffington Post, A Voice for Men, Pajamas Media. Neither left nor right wing, neither libertarian nor socialist.