Smart Drug War

Hillary Clinton is in Mexico offering succor to its besieged government, which is seeing an ever-spiraling level of drug violence and corruption. And, she's always ready to apologize for US sins. Clinton promotes US-Mexican relations in Monterrey

Clinton on Wednesday went further than U.S. officials have previously in acknowledging the United States must share the blame for the drug problem because of a continuing strong demand for drugs at home.

"I feel very strongly we have a co-responsibility," Clinton told reporters.

"Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade," she said. "Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the deaths of police officers, soldiers and civilians."

I am going to surprise everyone by saying I agree with the first part of that statement.  The size and scope of drug use in the US (and Europe) is a national disgrace and certainly does act as a magnet for the drug cartels. But, not all Americans are to blame for this. Most Americans are not illict drug users. And, without pointing any fingers or naming any names, I think we know which side of the ideological spectrum most drug use takes place. Democrats might want to put their own house in order before lecturing "americans" about their bad habits. 

The second bit about the "flow of arms" across the border to Mexico is pure poppy-cock. Mexico's cartels supposedly have access to "military-style" weapons, which they simply cannot buy in US gun shops, but which they could easily get from, say, a corrupt member of the Mexican military. But, I can understand that this would not be the most diplomatic thing to say if you are Secretary of State, and don't have a clue about weapons and US gun sales.  And, wouldn't it be nice if our southern border were more physically secure, rather than allowing an unimpeded flow of criminality into the US? See here for more.

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