War On Drugs: Cease Fire

While I try to figure out how to phrase my extreme concern over Obama’s 12th hour attempt to block more photos of the Bush/Cheney torture policy in action, there is this quantum of solace:

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s new drug czar says he wants to banish the idea that the U.S. is fighting “a war on drugs,” a move that would underscore a shift favoring treatment over incarceration in trying to reduce illicit drug use.

In his first interview since being confirmed to head the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske said Wednesday the bellicose analogy was a barrier to dealing with the nation’s drug issues.

“Regardless of how you try to explain to people it’s a ‘war on drugs’ or a ‘war on a product,’ people see a war as a war on them,” he said. “We’re not at war with people in this country.”

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8 Responses to “War On Drugs: Cease Fire”

  1. jkeeling Says:

    Because documentation has been released, do we not already know everything that occurred? I’m trying yet failing to understand what is gained by public release of photographic evidence.

  2. christian Says:

    Well, it’s clear that no legal action will be taken against the liars in charge who endangered our nation by torturing untried and unconvicted people, thus making the politicians — again — above the law. And it seems that to many pundits, there was no torture. They need to know the truth.

    • jkeeling Says:

      i’m still in a fog as to what *new* evidence these photos provide. And until somebody can cite actual value added, I have to assume the root interest in their release is NOT to move towards the truth.

  3. christian Says:

    John, you do know that the majority of the GOP leaders refuse to consider this torture, which it was. Their denial constitutes complicity, as clearly were some Democrats. I don’t want to hear Rush Limbaugh’s talking point that Abu Grahib was a “frat prank” repeated by people who know better. And the people over there already know what happened. I think they know more than us. We have to insure this doesn’t happen again and I believe that this information is one big step to that goal. It shows the power of our democracy.

  4. jkeeling Says:

    i’m not disagreeing with anything you’ve stated. I’m just trying to understand what exact value is added by releasing the photos. I’m looking for an argument along the lines of “the documents tell us ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, and the photos tell us ‘D'”.

  5. christian Says:

    Well they tell us that Bush/Cheney tortured people to admit a connection from Iraq to Al Quida. As Paul Krugman states:

    “Let’s say this slowly: the Bush administration wanted to use 9/11 as a pretext to invade Iraq, even though Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. So it tortured people to make them confess to the nonexistent link.

    There’s a word for this: it’s evil.”

  6. jkeeling Says:

    then we should also release the docs (per Cheney’s request) that contain information gathered as a result of the disputed interrogations. These docs would prove or disprove Krugman’s assertion. I am however wary of doing this as it smells like an attempt to demonstrate that the-end-justified-the-means.

  7. christian Says:

    Cheney’s alleged info is turning out to be not so much. And we have numerous reports showing that the torture they inflicted was to prove their original sin: that Hussein and 9/11 were connected.

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