by Conor Friedersdorf

Let's see if we can find the flaw in her reasoning:

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on a visit to Mexico, has reiterated her support for President Felipe Calderon's fight against drugs gangs. Mrs Clinton said there was "no alternative" to confronting the cartels, despite rising violence that left more than 15,000 dead last year.

How about disempowering the drug gangs. Of course, legalization would carry the risk that at least 15,000 more Mexicans per year would have an opportunity to take drugs that they just aren't given under the current plan.

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