On May 28, President Obama’s “drug czar” Gil Kerlikowske had an exchange with the National Journal..in which the former Seattle police chief said,
“We should stop comparing this to a war and be much smarter about how we are dealing with it–and in a much more comprehensive way. I’ve ended the war on drugs.
…Reducing the demand in the country is absolutely critical if we are not only to improve our own safety and security but also that in other countries”
Sounds promising. But it’s just rebranding. Happy horseshit for the hopeful. The proof is in the pudding–and the pudding in Washington is always colored green.
According to the White House National Drug Control Strategy FY 2010 Budget Summary billions more will be spent on “supply reduction” than “demand reduction.”
In 2010 nearly twice as much federal funding will go the “war” that Kelikowske says is “over” than to drug treatment and prevention programs–$9.9 billion for the cops and military, $5.167 for the demand side.
That’s a 2.7% bump for military and law enforcement, a 0.8% reduction for Obama’s much touted prevention/treatment course.
And that’s just part of the Big Picture.
There are many many billions more heading into various counternarc0tics, counternarcoterrorist programs squirreled away within DOD, State, Homeland Security, DOJ. I am still wading through budgets and reports and can’t begin to pull a full expenditure together. One thread that runs steady through them all is the Pentagon.
From what I’ve seen thus far–despite the unease the Obama administration may have with the word—it’s definitely a war.
And its expanding.
More to follow.
* Map circa 1999.