Bill Clinton says in a new documentary that the drug war hasn't exactly been a soaring success. In fact, claims Clinton, it outright "hasn't worked."
writes that the ex-president, along with fellow former POTUS Jimmy Carter and actor Morgan Freeman (himself a kind of president
), appear in a new documentary called "Breaking the Taboo." The film is a critical look at what it believes to be a failing global war on the drug trade.
Detailing the errors of his presidency's anti-drug policy, Clinton opines:
What I tried to do was to focus on every aspect of the problem. I tried to empower the Colombians for example to do more militarily and police-wise because I thought that they had to. Thirty percent of their country was in the hands of the narcotraffickers.
Well obviously if the expected results was that we would eliminate serious drug use in America and eliminate the narcotrafficking networks - it hasn't worked.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton said recently that she is "not convinced" that an end to the US-led war on drugs would reduce violence in Latin America. "I respect those in the region who believe that [U.S. legalization] would end the problem," said
Clinton last month. "I am not convinced of that, speaking personally."
Via Politico and The Huffington Post