Your Latest Reminder That Obama Has Taken the War out of the Drug War

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

In Honduras: Four dead in one operation, including a 14-year-old and two pregnant women. Then, a village raid, in which agents put a gun to the head of a teenager, threatened to kill him, then dumped in the jungle, still tethered. The DEA and Pentagon are playing coy about their involvement.

Mike Riggs:

Whether American agents or contractors pulled the trigger that killed two pregnant Honduran women who were headed to a mother’s day celebration, whether they put the gun to the head of a Honduran teenager and then left him bound in the jungle, are disputable facts. Why the Honduran government is waging a war against it people is not: The American government has instructed it to, and is training and equipping its military and law enforcement agencies.

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20 Responses to “Your Latest Reminder That Obama Has Taken the War out of the Drug War”

  1. #1 |  dsmallwood | 

    i agree that these stories sound rough, but if we don’t fight them there, then we will be fighting them here.

  2. #2 |  Radley Balko | 

    i agree that these stories sound rough, but if we don’t fight them there, then we will be fighting them here.

    Pretty sure we’re already doing both. And have been for 35 years.

  3. #3 |  Aresen | 

    Despite what the DEA and all of the administrations since Nixon declared the “War on Drugs” claim, such events are NOT ‘outliers’ or ‘due to rogue operatives’, but a foreseeable and inevitable consequence of the WoD.

  4. #4 |  alldayeveryday | 

    #1
    oh, I would certainly rather fight pregnant women “there”
    if we fight pregnant women “here” there is going to be a lot more cleanup.

  5. #5 |  Al | 

    Don’t kid yourself Jimmy. If a drug ever got the chance, he’d eat you and everyone you care about!

  6. #6 |  Agammamon | 

    But remember, ala Lybia, Obama doesn’t consider it a war if they can’t shoot back.

  7. #7 |  dsmallwood | 

    #5
    LMAO. Even better.

    In honest response to these tragic killings, i cannot scream loud enough at the govt folk. Such uncaring myopic bastards.

  8. #8 |  Marshall | 

    Four dead in one operation, including a 14-year-old and two pregnant women.

    That’s five right there.

  9. #9 |  Jim | 

    Not if you’re ‘pro-choice’.

  10. #10 |  KBCraiKKBCraigBCraiggKBCraig | 

    Hey, it’s cool!

    The United States Supreme Court, in United States v. Verdugo-Urquidez, said that U.S. federal agents operating in foreign lands against foreign nationals, aren’t bound at all by the Constitution!

  11. #11 |  KBCraig | 

    Wow, that comment got broken. Let it be known that it was by me, KBCraig, not “KBCraiKKBCraigBCraiggKBCraig”.

  12. #12 |  markm | 

    #4: At least we don’t have a President who objects to abortions unless they’re performed by shooting pregnant women, *this* time.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Gang_(novel)

  13. #13 |  Open thread « Drug WarRant | 

    […] Your Latest Reminder That Obama Has Taken the War out of the War In Honduras: Four dead in one operation, including a 14-year-old and two pregnant women. Then, a village raid, in which agents put a gun to the head of a teenager, threatened to kill him, then dumped in the jungle, still tethered. The DEA and Pentagon are playing coy about their involvement. […]

  14. #14 |  DarkEFang | 

    I know we’re all disappointed in Obama’s handling of drug policy. But really, which politician doesn’t disappoint? Support for legalization is quickly growing, and politicians love jumping on the bandwagon, so why have they been so slow to support legalization? At some point, we have to ask ourselves: Do politicians, including the President, have the political power to constrain or stop the drug war?

    Law enforcement largely funds itself through asset forfeiture nowadays. And their partners in crime, prosecutors, are more than happy to help them ignore any inconvenient legislation. Is there any reason to think that the DEA, Justice Department or FBI wouldn’t just laugh at any order to stop pursuing drug cases? Do politicians have any leverage?

  15. #15 |  Aresen | 

    DarkEFang

    Support for legalization is quickly growing, and politicians love jumping on the bandwagon, so why have they been so slow to support legalization?

    The very simple reason is that support for legalization is “soft” while the opposition is “hard”: For most supporters, it is a peripheral issue that is secondary to their main political focus; they won’t change their vote depending on the politician’s position on legalization.

    For the opponents, a politician advocating legalization is an anathema and they would definitely note vote for one who did.

    Thus a politician has nothing to lose by opposing legalization and a great deal to lose by supporting it.

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  17. #17 |  pfroehlich2004 | 

    @Aresen:

    “Thus a politician has nothing to lose by opposing legalization and a great deal to lose by supporting it.”

    Tell that to Dwight Holton, who just got his ass handed to him by a bunch of legalizers in the race for Oregon Attorney General. Or to drug-warrior Rep. Silvestre Reyes of Texas, who’s about to get knocked out of Congress by Beto O’Rourke, a pro-legalization El Paso City Council member.

    Politicians who oppose legalization are already losing elections. Another two election cycles and they’ll be denying they ever supported prohibition. Mark my words.

  18. #18 |  Sheila Chambers | 

    Obama has made war fun again, just like a single shooter video game!

    Now we don’t even have to see the people we murder, you just sit in a comfy chair in Nevada with a “joy” stick in your hand controlling a killer drone half way around the world.

    See a “rag head”, push a button and he’s dead as well as anyone nearby, mere “collateral damage”.

    When anyone supports Obama, their supporting his endless illegal wars and occupations, a POLICE STATE, a criminal “justice” system, expansion of the war on (some) drugs, raiding medical cannabis shops and STEALING peoples medicine, Obama extended Bushes tax cuts for the rich, expanded JOB KILLING free trade agreements.

    Anyone who votes for Obama again hasn’t been paying attention to what he has been DOING, ignore what he say’s because he’s a DAM LIAR!

  19. #19 |  frankania | 

    Golly, if only a politician advocated stopping PROHIBITION!
    Wait a minute, what about Ron Paul? Maybe we should support & vote for him and stop the insanity of “WARS ON EVERYTHING”

  20. #20 |  Windy | 

    #18, Sheila good rant, completely agree.

    #19 YES! Ron Paul 2012!

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