United States Challenged At United Nations Over War On Drugs

Reuters reports that U.S. allies in Latin America are applying the pressure:

The presidents of Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala all called for a vigorous global debate of anti-narcotics laws at the United Nations on Wednesday, raising new questions about the wisdom of the four-decade-old, U.S.-led “war on drugs.”

Mexican President Felipe Calderon, who leaves office on December 1 after spending much of his presidency locked in a bloody battle with drug-smuggling gangs, called on the United Nations to lead a global debate over a less “prohibitionist” approach to drugs.

Guatemala’s President Otto Perez Molina echoed Calderon’s call and went even further, saying that “the basic premise of our war against drugs has proved to have serious shortcomings.”

The speeches, which were a few hours apart, constituted some of the most public challenges to date of anti-drug policies that have been mostly unchanged since the 1970s. Obama has ruled out any major changes to drug laws, but some U.S. diplomats privately concede that the consensus around Latin America is clearly swinging against the status quo, and that some degree of change is imminent.

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  • Auto5734955

    Hooo-raaah, it’s about time
     

  • Auto5734955

    Hooo-raaah, it’s about time
     

  • mulecheeks

    Hell yeah!

  • rtb61

    United States to get a public drubbing over the Drug War. Still stuck with the corporate profit driven agenda, the US and it’s puppets will go one way (along with the fundamentalist Muslim Nations, oh my), while the rest of the world goes the other way.

  • dumbdumb1

    It’s sad how America’s war on drugs is getting thousands of Mexicans killed every year and the public won’t inform themselves enough to not blame Mexico. smh

  • Infvocuernos

    I have a hard time understanding how the last three presidents of the US have admitted to using some illicit drug,  but still maintain that the War on Drugs needs to be fought.  I hear supporters for the War say that its like speeding-everybody’s done it, but we all acknowledge there needs to be laws in place-but do we?  If everyone is speeding, doesn’t that show that the laws aren’t needed in the first place?  What its really about is the CIA making billions on the sale and transport of illicit drugs not just to the US, but around the world. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/shea.brown1 Shea Brown

      The “bible” about the CIA and drugs is “the Politics Of Heroin” by Alfred McCoy. What is the real role of Camp Integrity ? For the three billion dollars they got last year in contracts, we could have purchased every ounce of opium in Afghanistan. How frigging stupid does our federal government really believe we are ?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6YV6BFAHCJOVWDKPPEWPMMDOVA Michael

    If you buy drugs off the street, you are a dirty drug addict. If you go see your doctor and get a prescription for the same exact drugs, then you are a medical patient with a condition that needs medication.
    The ONLY difference between these two types of people is the availability of affordable insurance and access to doctors.
    This ‘two-tiered” immoral system where a newscaster that is on ADDERALL  during the broadcast can have the hypocrisy to come on television with a straight face and read a news bit about how the DEA & police have done a great job by destroying another neighborhood methaphetamine lab is RIDICULOUS. Some of the same raiding DEA agents themselves will even have prescriptions themselves and will be on those drugs themselves, even and they move to ‘eradicate’ the drug.
    The whole “war on drugs” is LAUGHABLE. Do you adults really imagine that your children and BLIND, DEAF & DUMB. As if we can’t see what’s going on around us? Anybody that is not making a profit from it can clearly see that the whole exercise has been a naive attempt to control something that cannot be controlled. People (and all of the earths animals) have been self medicating to change their perception of reality since the BEGINNING OF MAN. Before law, before the court, before God, before all of that, people knew how to get fucked up and did it all the time, still do and always will, REGARDLESS of what the silly gob’ment insists.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6YV6BFAHCJOVWDKPPEWPMMDOVA Michael

    If you buy drugs off the street, you are a dirty drug addict. If you go see your doctor and get a prescription for the same exact drugs, then you are a medical patient with a condition that needs medication.
    The ONLY difference between these two types of people is the availability of affordable insurance and access to doctors.
    This ‘two-tiered” immoral system where a newscaster that is on ADDERALL  during the broadcast can have the hypocrisy to come on television with a straight face and read a news bit about how the DEA & police have done a great job by destroying another neighborhood methaphetamine lab is RIDICULOUS. Some of the same raiding DEA agents themselves will even have prescriptions themselves and will be on those drugs themselves, even and they move to ‘eradicate’ the drug.
    The whole “war on drugs” is LAUGHABLE. Do you adults really imagine that your children and BLIND, DEAF & DUMB. As if we can’t see what’s going on around us? Anybody that is not making a profit from it can clearly see that the whole exercise has been a naive attempt to control something that cannot be controlled. People (and all of the earths animals) have been self medicating to change their perception of reality since the BEGINNING OF MAN. Before law, before the court, before God, before all of that, people knew how to get fucked up and did it all the time, still do and always will, REGARDLESS of what the silly gob’ment insists.

    • johnsmith

      The real difference is the big time dealer has the backing of the government, a whole boatload of money, and cooks his stuff up in a legitmate 20 million dollar lab aka corporate plaza. The other dealer has to lay low and, make his goodies in a hidden lab, and dodge the legalized enforcers the big time dealer sends out. Remember the big time guy dosent like competition.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    Pájaro de papel no puede cantar,
    Dijo una voz riendo desde el más allá.
    Trerere no, no droga que cure esa enfermeda.
    Ruben Blades, Agua de Luna