Monday, March 15, 2010

More Drug Killings

This time traffickers are targeting people connected to the US consulate:
CNN) -- Three people connected to the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, were killed in two drive-by shootings, a senior White House official told CNN Sunday.
Two of the victims were an American employee at the consulate and her U.S. citizen husband. Their 1-year-old child, who was in a vehicle with the couple at the time of the shooting, survived the incident, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
The American couple were found dead inside a white Toyota RAV4 with Texas license plates, according to the Chihuahua state attorney general's office.
The woman was shot in the neck and left arm, while the man had a bullet wound near his right eye, officials said.
The Obama administration's response was predictable:
"These appalling assaults on members of our own State Department family are, sadly, part of a growing tragedy besetting many communities in Mexico," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement Sunday night. "They underscore the imperative of our continued commitment to work closely with the Government of (Mexican) President (Felipe) Calderón to cripple the influence of trafficking organizations at work in Mexico."
Right. In other words, they promise to do what they can to stop the influence of drug cartels, as long as that means they don't have to do anything politically risky.

These cartels are a direct product of American drug policy. If drugs were legal, these cartels would not exist. And these people would not have been brutally murdered.

Our drug policy is clearly counterproductive, immoral and unjust. The president undoubtedly knows this. And yet he refuses to even discuss changing the policy because he is afraid that conservatives will label him "soft on crime."

In the meantime, tens of thousands of Mexican citizens have died, America imprisons people at rates which would make Iran and China blush, tens of billions of dollars are wasted each year, an entire generation of minorities is relegated to second-class citizen status for life, and people still use drugs at the same rate they did before the War On Drug Users. But Obama won't even consider changing any of this because it might hurt his chances for a second term.

Yes sir- Change We Can Believe In!

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