by Conor Friedersdorf
Does anyone else think it odd and just a bit mission creepy that “the most prolific expansion in DEA history” would occur on foreign soil? This expansion, or “surge,” will come in the form of “dozens of DEA agents” descending on Afghanistan, because, as one DEA official pointed out, after eight years of fighting to prop up the central government there, President Hamid Karzai & Co. are apparently unwilling and unable to resolve the drug problem themselves.
So, enter the American Drug War, Afghan style. Unfettered by anything resembling the U.S Constitution, DEA agents are seemingly given carte blanche to go after Afghan drug kingpins belonging to the Taliban or “influential tribes allied with it” and hauling them back to U.S federal courts if need be. Their task also includes pursuing corrupt government officials fingered as assisting the $4 billion drug trade.
Why do I label this news disconcerting?
-- Ultimately the only effective way to stop enemies abroad from enriching themselves off black markets in narcotics is to legalize drugs, thereby ending the black markets. The idea that sending a few dozen DEA agents to Afghanistan will solve the problem is fantasy that is contradicted by decades of experience.