U.S. must be aggressive in fighting drug war

2014-03-05T00:00:00Z U.S. must be aggressive in fighting drug war nwitimes.com
March 05, 2014 12:00 am

It is a shame when it takes a celebrity to die from a heroin overdose to bring this plague to light.

Afghanistan produces more than 90 percent of the world's heroin. Mexico's tsunami of drugs into the United States, and drug-related murders, is beyond the pale of civilized society.

America's military is capable of inflicting crippling destruction on the millions of acres devoted to the poppy and coca cultivation. The defoliation of these plantations is well with our capabilities. A holistic approach of education and treatment goes without saying.

The obvious question is, why has America not taken this action?

The drug lords will laugh as our soldiers return from Afghanistan. Thousands have died, seemingly to their benefit. Afghan President Hamid Karzi's regime will be business as usual.

No physician applies a bandage to treat a cancer. This old soldier feels ashamed of our foreign policies. Remember this at election time.

- Dr. Thomas Brunswick, Highland

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