Monday, October 26, 2009

Permanent (Drug) War

Digby on today's helicopter crashes in Afghanistan:

It seems that our two abstract, endless Orwellian wars --- the War on Drugs and the War on Terror --- have officially merged. And the complications stemming from that decision are going to be immense. What are we fighting for again?

Simple.  The object of torture is torture.  The object of permanent war is Permanent War.  These useless wars serve only to maintain the Empire, even if they bankrupt us in the end.

I see these conflicts with a skeptical eye, but I'm an optimist at heart.  We need to realize that the "Drug War" as nothing more than a subsidy to the enormously profitable drug cartels and the political terror groups they finance.  We could completely bankrupt them overnight, and solve a host of global problems in the process.  It's simple supply and demand, folks, and prohibition is nothing more than the world's largest price subsidy.

The War on Drugs is a bailout for the cartels, the guerilla armies, and the terrorists.  You want to win the drug war, really win?  Then bankrupt the bastards.  Make their product worthless.

Oh, and we seriously need to get our Army the heck out of Afghanistan.  These Permanent Wars have got to stop.

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