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War on Drugs Still Active US Policy

By June 26, 2011

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has reaffirmed the "War on Drugs" is still an active part of American foreign policy, even as many world and national leaders are calling for its end.

Clinton made that reaffirmation June 22 at the Central American Security Conference (SICA) in Guatemala. She said that the United States would commit nearly $300 million this year to Central American countries to help defeat drug trafficking. That amount is up 10% over last year.

As Clinton spoke, Mexico was planning to replace police in the state of Tamaulipas, just across the Red River from Texas, with federal troops. The troops will stay until law officers are examined to make sure they are not on the take from local drug cartels.

At the same time, in Washington Representatives Ron Paul (R-TX) and Barney Frank (D-MA) were authoring a bill to halt the federal war on marijuana use.

Clinton admitted that "the demand for drugs rests largely in my own country," and she said that the Obama administration wants $10 billion this year to combat drug use through education and treatment programs, as well as drug law enforcement.

Even though some arguments suggest drug legalization would not halt Central American cartel violence because they have diversified mafia-style. Still, legalization is the trendy new call in policy circles. Clinton's comments show that the US is not yet on the bandwagon."

Photo: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Central American Security Conference.

Photo Courtesy US State Department

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