One of the problems with deleting our government's worst crimes from
Apparently not enough, or we wouldn't be doing the same thing, little more than a decade later in
Sure, there's a new excuse - now we're fighting "narco-terrorists" and "narco-guerrillas" - but it's even more transparent than the old one. Not to mention that the drug war has been a total failure, on both the domestic and international fronts. We now spend nearly $40 billion annually on drug enforcement, and have 400,000 people languishing behind bars for drug crimes, and what are the results? Cocaine and heroin are available as cheaply and in purer form than they have been for decades, and the number of people who die from illegal drug use is at record levels.
It has long been known that drugs are a demand-side problem, and so long as there is demand for cocaine, someone will grow the coca and find a way to get the product here. But our intervention in
If this were really a war against drugs, we wouldn't be spending billions in a futile attempt to destroy the FARC and the ELN -
As bad as our allies are on drug trafficking, they are even worse when it comes to murdering their opposition. Last year AFL-CIO President John Sweeney wrote to the
For all its talk of including "labor rights" in new trade and commercial agreements, the
According to Human Rights Watch, half of the Colombian army's brigade-level units are linked to the paramilitary death squads. Together they are responsible for the overwhelming majority of the political murders and human rights abuses in
The Cold War may be dead, but the military-industrial complex is alive and well. You could almost hear the grunting and squealing as United Technologies shoved aside Textron at the trough for the biggest chunk of the
United Technologies gave more than $700,000 to Democrats and Republicans over the last two election cycles. More proof that it's not only the dot.coms that can turn small amounts of venture capital into big bucks in a fairly short time.
The Administration's drug policy director Gen. Barry McCaffrey had opposed the exorbitantly expensive Blackhawks but recently came around. "These are the best helicopters in the world. The next time you see me, I'll probably be peddling them, I hope," he joked at a recent Congressional hearing.
Sadly, there was a peace process in