Underdeveloped Countries and the War on Drugs
With the presidential election peering around the corner, it is time to bring back an age-old topic which has been troubling United States citizens for decades, the War on Drugs. Politicians have long quarreled over what sort of action should be taken to combat the world’s drug problems, and it is time that this issue surfaces again. Despite increased efforts from every government faction imaginable, the drug problem subsists, if not worsens. The market for cops and criminals in the drug war fields has not made any noticeable progress within the last 20 years (Kapczynski). Perhaps with the turn of the tide and hopefully a change of administration, the United States can develop a method that will enable them to make progress in this war, if it is not too late. Whoever assumes the presidential office for this next term will have to directly confront the sterility of the United States’ anti-drug programs. The United States needs to stop the War on Drugs and devote the annual twenty billion dollars to the countries that are being plagued with the drug problems so that they can work towards economic stability, which will potentially solve the drug traffic problems. To argue this, first it must be understood that the War on Drugs has failed and that the even the legalization of drugs is not going to help enough. Then it must be presented that the United States’ current efforts in Third-World countries are doing more harm than good and that we can fix this problem first by aiding the Third-World countries and not by destroying their economic structure.
This issue is of greater importance now than ever before because we are losing the War. Despite the decrease in hectares from 223,700 to 205,400 within the last year in South America, we are losing. Not enough progress is being made. According to Sanho Tree, director of the Drug Policy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., “The American war on drugs is not only failing, it's actually perpetuating drug trafficking, profiteering and drug use all over the world.” The more we fight this war, the cheaper the drugs become, the more available they are and the higher the purity. One doesn't need to resort to conspiracy theory to know why this war is failing. It is time the administration faces the problem first hand. The United States is too focused on the Middle East and the war for oil to have spent too much time and energy on the War on Drugs, which inevitably evolved into the War on Terrorism. The government is continually shelling out more money to support the war on drugs, but this was is not one that can be purchased. With an annual budget of twenty billion dollars, we cannot afford to give more money to this war, particularly when it is not helping. This is a war that needs time and energy devoted to brainstorming so that we can develop a new way of dealing with the War on Drugs, a way that works.