Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Vicente Fox: Mexico at 'War,' Obama's Approach a Failure

I posted a blog some time ago "Drug Decriminalization - Has It's Time For Discussion Arrived?" that ties right in with Vicente Fox's stand here. John Stossel, with his libertarian viewpoint, has also had segments on his show discussing the same subject. My previous post refers to two articles, one by AOL News and a study by the CATO Institute, that discuss the benefits of legalization.

My thoughts about decriminalization are in line with former President Vicente Fox of Mexico and the CATO Institute. Our drug laws are the same as prohibition, they don't work.

Pres. Fox is right. The US is the major market for drugs, and therefore a major reason Mexico is at war. It is time the profit incentive is taken away from the drug cartels.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox says his nation is at "war" with drug cartels, and he offered sharp criticism of the Obama administration for failing to assist its beleaguered neighbor.

In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV on Tuesday, Fox said President Barack Obama's administration has failed to grapple with the deteriorating situation in Mexico.

“Obama is thoroughly mixed up with all these things he’s got," Fox said, adding: "He’s got to solve Libya. He’s got to solve Afghanistan. He’s everywhere. And this nation, I don’t know why it’s not showing the leadership and capacity to attend different issues at the same time.

Recently, Fox has called for legalizing and decriminalizing drugs in the United States to throttle the demand for narcotics, which he argues is the root cause of his country's civil unrest.

"The United States has to think very profoundly how it is going to solve this problem of excess in the consumption of drugs, excess in building a market that is very profitable to the criminals," he said.

He continued: “I think the best move is to take away the business from criminals and put it in the hands of businessmen and producers, farmers, distributors.”

He compared the situation with illegal drugs to Prohibition in the United States, which enriched mobsters who provided alcohol just as the drug trade is now enriching the cartels.

“We are never going to eradicate drugs,” he added. “They will always be there. It is a free choice” to consume them.

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