From the Christian Science Monitor, the title of this article says it all: “Plan Columbia: big gains, but the cocaine still flows…”

The “big gains” part consists of the assertions of the White House Drug Czar John Walters:

"There is absolutely no question we are winning …We are squeezing them. We are forcing them to change their drug trafficking routes and their methods," says Walters.

Wait a minute… changing their routes, their methods??? …as for the “cocaine still flows” part of the article:

There is no lack, after all, of coca. Despite the unprecedented eradication efforts, coca cultivation actually increased last year by 8 percent, according to a study released in June by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)… Why? Growing techniques have improved over the years and farmers in some regions are now able to harvest coca leaf six times a year, instead of the usual four harvests.

(Check out the chart in guest poster Daksya’s entry over at DrugWarRant for more on the numbers. )

Near the end of the article comes this last quote.  When even the apologists make statements like these, maybe people will wake up and realize what a colossal waste the so called war on drugs is:

"We’re making first downs," US Ambassador to Colombia William Wood is fond of saying, "…but we’re not sure how long the football field is."

Someone needs to tell Walters and Wood that 10 yard first downs will never win… on an infinitely long field.

  • Pat

    The entire Christian Science Monitor three day series was one of the most disappointing puff pieces I have ever seen. Worse for it coming from a newspaper that I do respect.

    The U.S. ambassador in Bogata comparing cocaine deaths to the World Trade Center dead was goulish.

    I wrote an extensive rebuttal on my blog, LeftIndependent.

    Sept. 21, 2006 testimony by one of America’s leading experts on Afghanistan, New York University Professor Barnett Rubin, who appeared before front of the United States senate Foreign Relations Committee. “The international drug control regime, which criminalizes narcotics, does not reduce drug use, but it does produce huge profits for criminals and the armed groups and corrupt officials who protect them. Our drug policy grants huge subsidies to our enemies.