Pubdate: Fri, 09 Mar 2012
Source: Athens Banner-Herald (GA)
Copyright: 2012 Athens Newspapers Inc
Author: George J. Faz


Syndicated columnist John Stossel's March 1 commentary, headlined 
"Drug war has been dismal failure," was itself a "dismal failure."

First, the United States of America was never involved in a "drug 
war." The drug war to which liberal journalists like to refer was 
between drug criminals intent on corrupting American social standards 
through illegal drug sales and, thus, vying for power and territory. 
My case in point is what is occurring in Mexico at this very moment 
between criminal drug gangs.

As to the "SWAT raids" referred to by Stossel and his assertion that 
"people die in these raids," I'd like to ask him a question: If it 
were not for drug enforcement, the criminals who peddle this poison 
on the streets and schoolyards would have an open invitation to 
control every facet of our society. Just who would stop them and 
their evil intent to control the world? This is what these criminals 
want; selling drugs is only a means to an end. These drug dons want 
to control the United States and, ultimately, the world.

As to Stossel's praise for Portugal, legislation there to legalize 
drugs has, in fact, been a "dismal failure." The officials to whom 
Stossel spoke were spouting government political advertisement to a 
gullible American newspaperman. I know this because I was the chief 
U.S. drug enforcement administrator to the Portuguese government.

Stossel's column was a slap in the face to all the brave men and 
women combating this evil menace on a daily basis. They risk their 
lives daily so you and your family can sleep better and safer at 
night. Sweet dreams.
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