In the Rolling Stones article, “How America lost the war on drugs”, by contributing editor Ben Wallace-Wells, it clarifies exactly what the title of the article states of how America is fighting the war on drugs in the U.S. and losing that fight. Since the Nixon administration the U.S. has been pouring billions of dollars and many resources into this fight and nearly 40 years later the drug problem is the same if not worse.
Near the end of 1993 the DEA and the Colombian police thought the had they had a reason to believe their would be a decline in drug trafficking to the U.S. and a decline in the making of drugs when they first took down Pablo Escobar. The first of 16 major drug lords producing drugs and trafficking them to America . But that wasn’t the case instead it grew into a bigger problem because after killing or extraditing these drug kings, drug cartels came into the picture run by people who worked with people like Escobar. To help with these times of fighting against drugs the president Bush of the late 1980’s appointed Drew Bennett as drug czar to come up with plans to fight drugs.
Bennett and Bush approached the drug problem with “ consequences and confrontation” doubled the spending to get the military involved in stopping the trafficking of drugs to the U.S. . This plan did not work the way they hoped because drug suppliers found new and different ways to get their products over the borders. When president Bill Clinton came to power he appointed Lee Brown as czar and he had a different idea that brought the fight to the drug users of America . Brown suggested instead of using billions of dollars to fight the war in another country, use the money to create programs for people in America like rehab centers and drug treatment centers. Brown saw we were doing very little to help abusers and studies show that 13 percent of people who went for treatment for cocaine reduced their habit or kicked the habit completely. His idea today...