Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Mexico today, saying that decades of U.S. anti-narcotics policies had been a failure and contributed to the explosion of drug violence south of the border but despite taking responsibility for the insatiable demand from the U.S. and admitting that 30 years of failed policy have made things worse, still there was no clear solution.
“Clearly what we’ve been doing has not worked,” Clinton told reporters on her plane at the start of her two-day trip. “It is unfair for our incapacity to have effective policies” on curbing drug use, narcotics shipments and the flow of guns “to be creating a situation where people are holding the Mexican government and people responsible. That’s not right.”
Later in the Washington Post article Hillary Clinton goes on to contradict herself:
“Neither interdiction [of drugs] nor reducing demand have been successful,” Clinton said, noting that “we have been pursuing these strategies for 30 years.”
“We’ve got to take a hard look at what we can do” to cut off the supply of drugs and “stop the bad guys,” the secretary added. “The amount of violence going on because of these drug wars in Mexico is horrific.”
Yes, the drug wars in Mexico is horrific! But you just said that the old method didn’t work, so now you want to cut off the supply of drugs and “stop the bad guys”? What are you smoking?
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