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The Feds Can't Catch the Cartels' Cocaine-Filled Submarines: Is the War on Drugs a Waste of Money?

Chris D 2012/09/10 21:00:00
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As drug dealers continue making huge sums of money, the smuggling effort becomes more and more sophisticated. Now, it seems like an endless effort of chasing down drug smugglers. Even at the height of the "Drug War," drugs were endlessly available. Are we just wasting resources trying to stop drug smugglers?

NEWS.YAHOO.COM reports:
With three-quarters of potential cocaine shipments sliding under their noses, United States authorities are having a hard time keeping up with the Latin American drug cartels. Part of the problem, a new report in The New York Times says, is the fact that the famously daring and elusive drug-running submarines aren't just operating in the Pacific Ocean any more. These diesel-powered vessels have taken the Caribbean by storm, and the technology powering them is getting more sophisticated.

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  • krayzrick 2012/09/10 22:06:49
    Yes
    krayzrick
    +13
    It's a farce. It's how the CIA gets it's money. They been fighting this supposed war for how many years? 50? 60? It's BULLCRAP people. Just another way to suck us dry...

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  • Dan 2012/09/13 00:25:05
    Yes
    Dan
    +3
    Unforunately it's like throwing money down the drain. But it does provide jobs for the DEA, and other officials. Are drugs bad for us? Yeah, I think so but it comes down supply and demand. We'll never win that war. Remember the "Prohibionists". That never worked either.
  • Commander Pyle 2012/09/12 23:54:57
    No
    Commander Pyle
    +1
    Considering that the FEDs can take possession of everything you own during drug busts, and even confiscate your money if you somehow have in possession large sums, it shows that the drug business is good for the criminals and the government.
  • johnnyg Command... 2012/09/13 17:38:55
    johnnyg
    Mo Money!! Mo Money!! Mo Money!!
  • NeutronBomb 2012/09/12 23:37:51
    Yes
    NeutronBomb
    +1
    Its not perfect but legalizing and taxing it is the only way I can see to at least gain something positive back from drug use.
  • Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll 2012/09/12 23:35:06
    Yes
    Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll
    +3
    They don't want to catch them. The government ships the crap in here people. It's that simple
  • johnnyg Mr.Hood... 2012/09/13 17:39:23
  • Mr.Hood... johnnyg 2012/09/13 23:06:55
    Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll
    +1
    Same difference lol.
  • Steve Boston 2012/09/12 23:29:02
    Yes
    Steve Boston
    +2
    Yes. Except for the work being done to teach our kids to do the right thing and stay off them. Other than that its follow the money trail and you'll know why we've continued to battle this "War" for sixty years with no end in sight.
  • johnnyg Steve B... 2012/09/13 17:40:40
    johnnyg
    I tell my kids not to do drugs. You tell you kids not to do drugs.
  • brian.southworth.921 2012/09/12 23:13:15
    Yes
    brian.southworth.921
    +1
    End the drug war. Vote Libertarian 2012!
  • Proud 2012/09/12 21:59:48
  • johnnyg Proud 2012/09/13 17:41:40
    johnnyg
    Great idea. Most of the CIA and USGovt would be dead!!
  • Proud johnnyg 2012/09/13 20:40:44
  • jsbustaman 2012/09/12 21:10:09
    Yes
    jsbustaman
    +2
    What has all this drug law enforcrment done but cost lives, tons of money, and never stopped the
  • LWS 2012/09/12 20:55:09
    Yes
    LWS
    +3
    The war on drugs was and is a joke from day one. It is more like a war on the ghetto or low income families. They have arrested hundreds of thousands of small time ghetto users and dealers and very very little of the big time drug lords/people that they should and need to be catching instead of using the war on drugs to lock up our own citizens, mainly the Black and Hispanic community.
  • the spoiler 2012/09/12 20:11:21
    Yes
    the spoiler
    +3
    Too much money in it. Every now and then they catch one big drug dealer but most of them just buy their way out of trouble. It should be called "THE WAR ON THE USA TAX PAYERS POCKET BOOKS"
  • ..::localeye::.. 2012/09/12 19:43:37
    Yes
    ..::localeye::..
    +2
    One of the biggest money pits in this country.
  • Y'aqob Ha-Ikar 2012/09/12 18:34:24
    Yes
    Y'aqob Ha-Ikar
    +3
    as long as there is demand there will be supply
  • Diddley Squat 2012/09/12 18:15:35
    Yes
    Diddley Squat
    +1
    A huge waste. Let's stop now.
  • El Prez 2012/09/12 18:04:03
    Yes
    El Prez
    +2
    Cut that, the military by half, corporate subsity, foreign aid by half and tax breaks for the rich and you have the beginnings of a serious recovery
  • Kirby El Prez 2012/09/13 11:33:47
    Kirby
    Well said and I couldn't agree more!
  • t.eliot, topbard 2012/09/12 17:46:22
    Yes
    t.eliot, topbard
    +1
    The "war on Drugs" is a massive, useless scam. If the money squandered on it had been and was being applied to addressing the root causes and meeting human needs, we'd have much less of a drug problem as well as a healthier economy, as many more people would be on the tax roles instead of sucking up money by being incarcerated at state expense.
  • Donn Wright 2012/09/12 17:17:28
    Yes
    Donn Wright
    +2
    40 years into this hoax and Americans still don't get it. There has never been any intention of stopping drugs. The C.I.A. is the middle man and rakes in billions of dollars each year. In the meantime, law enforcement time and money is wasted on a war they would never win even if the government wasn't the main benefactor of the drug trade.

    You can't legislate what people do in their own time for recreation. Prohibition proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt. Prostitution has been illegal for thousands of years in most places and yet, it is still present nearly everywhere, especially around anywhere the government is.......hmmmmm

    Wake up America! It's none of the government's damn business what an adult does in his or her own time as long as no one else is hurt. Period!
  • Kirby Donn Wr... 2012/09/13 11:34:47
    Kirby
    +2
    Rave times 1000
  • Donn Wr... Kirby 2012/09/13 14:09:56 (edited)
    Donn Wright
    +1
    Thanks Kirby!

    It's long past the time to wake up and end this madness.
  • Kirby Donn Wr... 2012/09/14 13:02:49
    Kirby
    +1
    I couldn't agree more Donn. Everyone is always complain to the amount of money this country waste. And as far as I am concerned the War on Drugs is next to the DOD budget in regards to waste!
  • Donn Wr... Kirby 2012/09/14 16:56:11
    Donn Wright
    +1
    The "War on Drugs" is 100% waste, it couldn't get much worse than that.
  • PapaBC 2012/09/12 16:11:37
    Sort of
    PapaBC
    The hands of those going after the drugs are tied too much. If nothing else follow the path back to the sourse and take it out there.
  • johnnyg PapaBC 2012/09/13 17:43:06
    johnnyg
    Source= CIA USGovt.
  • drdos1943 2012/09/12 16:00:33
    Yes
    drdos1943
    +2
    The war on drugs has cost us tons of money and has been totally ineffective. Legalize everything, tax it, and make it affordable. If Americans wish to kill themselves, that is their choice.

    It would be very advantageous for our economy as it would help solve our Social Security and Medicare problems. Most of hard drug users do not work anyway and would not be collecting benefits as soon as the drugs initiated their demise.
  • C. C. Rider 2012/09/12 15:59:44
    Yes
    C. C. Rider
    +4
    Legalize it and the crime will go away over night. Just like it did with booze. legalize pot legalize pot
  • ART 2012/09/12 15:14:13
    No
    ART
    +1
    NOT IF YOU USE DESTROYERS WITH DEPTH CHARGES. BUT, THEN, THAT MAY BE POLITICALLY INCORRECT AND THE AMERICAN CRIMINAL LIBERTIES UNION WOULD SUE.
  • johnnyg ART 2012/09/13 17:44:07
    johnnyg
    USGovt is not going to blow up their dope.
  • Tasine 2012/09/12 14:18:39
    Yes
    Tasine
    +2
    Yes, it is a waste of money. That is ONE reason I have finally concluded that all drugs should be legalized. It would stop a LOT of crime, and I don't see how it could possibly lead to more drug use. It would kill the cartel trade. If adults want to use drugs, I say let them, but on their own dime. All crimes committed during the use of drugs should be stringently enforced.
  • uguess 2012/09/12 14:08:00
    Yes
    uguess
    +2
    LEGALIZE IT AND TAX THE HELL OUT OF IT. PUT A DEATH PENALTY ON ILLEGALS AND HAVE THE GOVERNMENT SELL IT AND TAX IT JUST LIKE ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO.

  • Alexander 2012/09/12 13:20:41
    Yes
    Alexander
    +3
    The War on Drugs has never been successful. Remember Prohibition. If people want drugs they will get them fueling organized crime to get it for them.
  • Doughpro 2012/09/12 13:06:01
    No
    Doughpro
    With our technology, I have a hard time believing that we can't find those subs. How are they getting by the Coast Guard?
    Stop declaring it a war on drugs. Get the military involved and declare it a war, period since what they are doing is comparable to bringing explosives into this country with the intention of distributing them and destroying American lives. Any branch of our military could easily seek, find, and destroy any podunk sub. Blow a few of them out of the water.
    BTW, who is supplying the subs to these people? Our DOJ?
  • uguess Doughpro 2012/09/12 15:57:04
    uguess
    +1
    THE CIA, MAKES BIG MONEY, THE POLITICIANS USE IT TO JUSTIFY BIG GOVERNMENT, CORRUPT LAW ENFORCEMENT MAKES MILLIONS ON IT AND THE NORMAL CITIZENS ARE FLEECED OF THEIR TAX DOLLARS TO SUPPORT THE SCAM ! YUPPER IT SURE WORKS WELL ! THE WAR ON DRUGS MAKES LOTS OF PEOPLE RICH!

    THE MANUFACTURES, THE DEALERS, THE CIA, THE POLITICIANS, THE LAW ENFORCEMENT ALL MAKE BIG BUCKS FROM IT $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
  • johnnyg Doughpro 2012/09/13 17:45:34
    johnnyg
    CIA goes right past the coast guard.
  • Daniel O'Hern 2012/09/12 13:01:46
    Yes
    Daniel O'Hern
    +2
    Legalize drugs and it will all go away. Will a few more addicts be created possibly
    But spend the money spent on fighting drugs on education and rehab. Think how many fewer people will be killed fighting over drugs.

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