Michelle Obama's Awesome Plan for Winning the Drug War

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When the First Lady speaks out about how to deal with the drug problem, you can bet she'll call for more of the same:

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (CNN) - The United States needs to do more to reduce demand for illegal drugs if it wants to help reduce the violence that has wracked its southern neighbor, Michelle Obama said Wednesday.

The first lady of the United States made that comment after meeting with her Mexican counterpart, Margarita Zavala de Calderon, whose "New Life Centers" help with prevention and education so that fewer young people will become addicted.

"We need to do more of the same," said Obama, who cited education and opportunity as key elements to any successful anti-drug campaign.

Wait, what!? Did she really say that? Ok, she's making a specific reference to a program she likes, but still. Prevention and education are not new strategies. They are more of them same, and they won't even dent the bloodly specter smoldering before us.

The war on drugs has never been as ugly and brutal as it is today. There truly exists no public policy failure so unambiguously catastrophic and hopeless as this. Yet our leaders discuss it like talking wind-up dolls, capable only of repeating the same stupid sentence. We can only hope that by the time they abandon their script, there will remain something worth saving.
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"Yet our leaders discuss it like talking wind-up dolls, capable only of repeating the same stupid sentence."

Fraternal order criminal apostate shadow government.

What else is it when we get these candidates known for their sloganeering rather then any independent thought?!

M. Obama's plan for "not" winning the drug war.

Is this really all that suprising? She and her husband have both backpeddled on this issue since he became president. It's big business that controls the purse strings here and the politicians.... have you ever seen a poor politician? Come on we're all more intelligent than this!

D.A.R.E. was a bunch of bs.

D.A.R.E. was a bunch of bs. Didn't prevent me from experimenting. Drugs are bad mkay.

Bwa, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,

Bwa, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha...

Last year I was driven from this web site by Obama supporters demanding that the Chronicle shut me up for being so critical of the Obama administration.

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didn't happen

Anonymous was not driven from this site for being critical of the Obama administration's drug policies. I don't know if anything involving this unidentified person happened at all, and I'm sure no one asked us shut anyone up for being critical of the Obama administration. We would only object if unrelated stuff -- issues other than drug policy, or conspiracies -- were being posted, or if someone were trolling and trying to stir up animosities.

Still, I'll add here that things are much improved over previous administrations. Disappointing in some ways, for sure, but much improved in other ways.

David Borden, Executive Director
StoptheDrugWar.org: the Drug Reform Coordination Network
Washington, DC

Hey, Obama''s still light years ahead of the Republicans

when it comes to drug policy.

Can you say denial?

Anyone who thinks anything is improved under Obama or that anything has changed from the last administration has really NOT been paying attention (the only change that's occurred is a ramping up the government's speed on the road to oligarchy, which the uSofA has been on since Johnson, and ramping up the wars). Obama is NOT light years ahead of the Republicans, Obama's administration is truly the third term of Bush the second.

As for anything improving in the WoD under Obama, he's said a few "nice" things about the states and MMJ, but the actions of the DEA and ONDCP under him is basically unchanged from the past presidencies.

I'm pro-choice on EVERYTHING!

Ms Obama

would reduce illegal drug demand by preventing our children from becoming addicted. Seriously? Are we to believe that the first lady of the United States is appallingly ignorant, or are we to believe that she's a liar and thinks the people who elected her husband are stupid?

If Obama/Kerlikowske condemn California cannabis initiative

I'll back off from my "light years ahead of the Republicans" comment. Kerlikowske's stated intention to remain neutral on the legalization initiative until after the results are in is a key development, leaving things in the unintimidated hands of California voters. Does anyone think Bush's ONDCP would have stayed neutral?

Raids on dispensaries are way down (correct me if I'm wrong), ONDCP is not into demonizing illegal drugs and illegal drug users with the same demagogic ferocity, and changes in the cocaine/crack cocaine disparity and in student loan eligibility make a big difference in some people's lives.
It's a halfway decent performance in my view.

They really need to do more on MMJ though. It's Schedule 1 status is pathetic. Support for a change would be overwhelming ...

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Now really, Michelle, you are not even going to pull another Nancy Reagan on us. No, I didn't think so. We are much too much smarter now. And so are you. So let's see. The people are waiting....

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