Well, anyone who is not comatose, knows that the hypocritical war against (some) drugs will be as successful as Prohibition was. The costs of prosecuting this "war" is staggering not just in monetary terms, but in lost liberties, incarceration rates, massively fuelled crime syndicates, exploding crime rates everywhere, horrific effects on health from unregulated drugs, and political instability in the drug-producing countries. What is perhaps less known, is that pathetic as that war is, apparently, it is also being undermined by the war in Iraq. Another "win" for the Bush team. Mission Accomplished! http://www.latimes.com/news/nationw...5may05,0,4123403.story?coll=la-home-headlines Quote: U.S., allies seen as losing drug war Figures for last year show that cocaine is cheaper, purer and widely available. By Sam Enriquez, Times Staff Writer May 5, 2007 The United States and its Latin American allies are losing a major battle in the war on drugs, according to indicators that show cocaine prices dipped for most of 2006 and U.S. users were getting more bang for their buck. Despite billions of dollars in U.S. antidrug spending and record seizures, statistics recently released by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy suggest that cocaine is as available as ever. Cocaine users and law enforcement officials both care about price and purity. Authorities work to choke off supply, driving up cost and dampening street sales. Users want better coke at cheaper prices. In 2005, John P. Walters, the head of the drug policy office, made headlines touting a surge in cocaine prices and falling levels of quality. Those figures indicated that U.S. drug control policies were working, he said. But the new numbers issued by his office indicate that any victory was short-lived. Retail cocaine prices last year fell more than 12% from January to October, while average purity of cocaine seized by authorities rose from about 68% to 73%. And this time, the drug policy office did little to publicize the figures, releasing them in a letter to U.S. Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa). Quote: "Since the Iraq war began more than four years ago, the Pentagon has sharply reduced spending on air and sea surveillance of trafficking routes in the Pacific and Caribbean. The centerpiece of the U.S. strategy against cocaine has shifted to Plan Colombia, which funds aerial fumigation of coca plants. Colombian growers supply 90% of U.S. users through Mexican smuggling rings that control the cocaine and marijuana trade." Quote: "But critics say that availability of cocaine in most U.S. cities is evidence of failure. "In 2005, more coca was grown in Colombia than they had in 2000, when Plan Colombia started," said Adam Isacson, a Colombia analyst for the Center for International Policy, a Washington think tank. "They can say, 'Look how much more coke we'd have without fumigation,' but that sounds pretty lame."