Pubdate: Sat, 24 Nov 2007
Source: New York Times (NY)
Copyright: 2007 The New York Times Company
Author: Peter B. Bensinger
Note: Peter B. Bensinger was administrator of the Drug Enforcement
Administration, 1976-81.

The War on Drugs

"Remember the War on Drugs?" (editorial, Nov. 19) was needed and
timely. The editorial underscored the loss of lives due to drug
trafficking and addiction and the billions of dollars of illegal money
flowing across the border to Mexico.

The new administration in Mexico has been serious about combating drug
trafficking and the violence and corruption created by the drug
cartels. Increased resources, extradition of traffickers to the United
States and focus on money transfers are having an impact.

The war on drugs has always been about money, guns, corruption and
intimidation. It is dramatically bolstered when there is cooperation
and commitment on both sides of the border. This will be enhanced by
assistance from the United States, whose citizens fuel the demand for

As you point out, the administration's proposed aid package, while
needed, is just a start. More resources for enforcement, treatment and
prevention in the United States and in Mexico will be required.

Drug abuse is a serious problem that needs constant attention from
both sides of our border.

Peter B. Bensinger

The writer was administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, 1976-81.
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