Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)
Pubdate: 21 June 1998
Author: Marshall Phillips, Long Beach 


In 1993, when Vice President Al Gore undertook his "reinventing
government" assignment, I was delighted when he seemed to indicate
that the Drug Enforcement Administration would (be) abolished and its
functions absorbed by another agency. During 20 years of service and
travel in South America,I had had many opportunities to observe the
inability of the DEA to do a job described by the Economist as
"Mission Impossible," because it was based on an unworkable policy of

Once again,we are asking the international community to join hands in
pounding sand in a rat hole.

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