The Mexican Drug Cartels Are A National Security Issue

Posted on June 14, 2011


The U.S. and Mexico have categorically rejected a recent report from the high-profile Global Commission on Drugs, which claims that the U.S.-led war on drugs is a colossal — and costly — failure.

The report — signed by world leaders including former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and former NATO Secretary General Javier Solana — argues that harsh drug policies have primarily resulted in the proliferation of organized crime, corruption, and mass criminalization, while failing to substantially reduce illegal drug use. It advocates addressing illegal drug use as a public health issue rather than a crime problem, with an emphasis on “legal regulation” and treatment over punishment.

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