The Heroin Addict President Can't Save Us From the Bombs of Xyzistan

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...Or so says former prosecutor Charles Stimson, who has come completely unhinged in his drug policy debate with Saying Yes author Jacob Sullum in the Los Angeles Times. Here's the question:
The last two presidents and two of the current candidates have either used illegal substances or have had substance abuse problems. Does this show that winners don’t always refuse to use drugs?
Stimson's response begins as follows:
Would you want a president who's under the influence?

Imagine this:

It's 3 a.m., and a phone rings in the vice president's quarters. A Secret Service agent answers the phone, listens, and then rushes into the VP's bedroom with the phone in hand and wakes him up.

Agent (placing his hand over the mouthpiece of the phone): Mr. Vice President, the president of Xyzistan has threatened to launch a nuclear strike in 15 minutes. You must respond.

Vice president: Where is the heck is the president? Why isn't he taking the lead on this issue?

Agent: Sir, he's coming down from his heroin high. We tried to wake him up, sir, but he's out of it.

Vice president: Give me the darn phone.

I seriously have no clue what his point is. Of course no one wants the president nodding out on dope during a nuclear crisis. Where the hell did that come from? Is he saying that if we listen to Jacob Sullum, we'll be risking nuclear war?

Not surprisingly at all, a google search reveals that Charles Stimson has a history of saying crazy shit. He was forced to resign from the Department of Defense last year following controversial remarks about the lawyers representing Guantanamo detainees. He literally got in trouble with the Bush Administration for taking things too far in the national security debate, which is quite an achievement. Fortunately for us, this trainwreck of a drug war debate will continue for two more days if LA Times doesn't invoke the slaughter rule and declare Sullum the winner today.

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stimpson

I find it hard to believe that this guy Stimpson has a job. What a mental midget.

Sam Sharp

Like cornered rats

Back any animal into a corner, and its reactions become increasingly less rational and more reflexive. The same may be said of the DrugWarriors when they are forced to debate. They get wilder and crazier by the minute when their irrationalities are exposed courtesy of said debate...which is why they hate to do it so much. It makes them look like the stick-in-the-mud, superannuated, concrete-brained, extreme right wing culture warriors they are.

Which is also why it is almost impossible to get anyone from the higher echelons of the DrugWarriors to debate reformers, as it is inherently injurious to the public image they wish to foster. We are left with the bottom-feeders of the DrugWarrior food chain like Stimson; all the rest know that a debate would lead to public humiliation for themselves and a denigration of their beloved DrugWar.

Winston Churchill

If an alcoholic can save Great Britain from Nazi invasion then I'm sure heroin addict doing the same would not stretch the imagination. But alcohol is the image of success and heroin is the image of homeless people and junkie bohemians as seen in Trainspotting.

I'm convinced that

I'm convinced that prohibitionists are mentally disabled.

Just Gimme some Truth... all I want is the Truth

"Would you want a president who's under the influence?"

Imagine this:

It's 3 a.m., and a phone rings in the vice president's quarters. A Secret Service agent answers the phone, listens, and then rushes into the VP's bedroom with the phone in hand and wakes him up.

Agent (placing his hand over the mouthpiece of the phone): Mr. Vice President, the president of Xyzistan has threatened to launch a nuclear strike in 15 minutes. You must respond.

Vice president: Where is the heck is the president? Why isn't he taking the lead on this issue?

Agent: Sir, he's been drinking, Kentucy Bourbon and smoking cigars. We gave him the message and he said, "F***'m (burp); launch ev(e)ry thing we got! Show 'em who is in charge!" Do you agree with this order?

(A sober) Vice president: Give me the darn phone. Good thing I'm not on drugs! (placing his hand over the mouthpiece of the phone)

Or just try and imagine....

It's 3 a.m., and a phone rings in the vice president's quarters. A Secret Service agent answers the phone, listens, and then rushes into the VP's bedroom with the phone in hand and wakes him up.

Agent (placing his hand over the mouthpiece of the phone): Mr. Vice President, the president of Xyzistan has threatened to launch a nuclear strike in 15 minutes. You must respond.

Vice president: Where is the heck is the president? Why isn't he taking the lead on this issue?

Agent: Sir, he's been smoking marijuana and is high. He said, "slow down man, we gotta think this over... Xyzistan (is this even a country?)... wants to blow us up? WHY? The stoned president wants to try peace and discuss both sides of the issue before we send in the guns. He does not wan't to start WWIII. We tried to wake him up, sir, but he's out of it.

Vice president: Give me the darn phone.

The Nazis

[email protected],Vancouver,B.C.Canada Hitler himself used both cocaine and heroin.His cabinet had a few drug users in it and although they eventually fell apart like a cheap watch they did build one hell of a country out of a broke and broken people.I guess Churchill handled his scotch better than Adolph handled his speedballs.Psyciatry is the brainchild of a cocaine addict who wanted to turn on the whole world at one time.No wonder he thought everything was connected to sex.The simple fact is that a lot of people have done drugs and many of them became famous for what they accomplished.The insanity of drug prohibition is only 100 years old and look at the damage it's done in so short a time.The real fanatics are the drug warriors and there's no reason for their existence except a bankrupt and failed policy that the world will be a whole lot better without.

its just a game at this point.

They just want to see how long they can fool us into locking eachother up. Can u imagine what they say to eachother behind the scenes?...

"Yeah, bob, I actually said marijuana causes violence. And everyone just sat and nodded along! Har har har. What fools!"

"Hilarious!"

Doped Up President

I would not want the president high on hard drugs while making important decisions. Point to as many people as you like who are drug addled geniuses, but I can find two who are burnouts. What I don't get is why drug prohibition is supposed to have something to do with the president? I mean even if drugs are legal, no one is obliged to take them.

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