Because Most Americans Are Unenthusiastic About It
Only 7 percent of Americans think the United States is winning the war on drugs, and few Americans are interested in throwing down more money to try to win, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll released in 2012.
Because The US Won’t Control The Flow Of Guns Into Latin America
Mexican authorities seized almost 70,000 weapons of US origin from 2007 to 2011. In 2004, the U.S. Congress declined to renew a 10-year ban on the sale of assault weapons. They quickly became the guns of choice for Mexican drug cartels.
Some 60,000 people have died in Mexico since President Felipe Calderón launched a military assault on the cartels in 2006.
Because The United States Leads The Hemisphere In Drug Consumption
Americans have the highest rate of illegal drug consumption in the world, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
Because The US Ignores Latin American Calls For A Rethinking Of Drug Policy
Several current and former Latin American presidents, like Fernando Henrique Cardoso, have urged the United States to rethink its failed war on drugs, to no avail.
Because Of The Fast And Furious Scandal
In an attempt to track guns as they moved across the US-Mexico border, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms allowed smugglers to purchase weapons. The ATF lost track of the guns and they wound up in the hands of drug cartels — even as far south as Colombia.
Because American Politicians Refuse To Candidly Lead A Debate On Reforming Our Laws
Though the subject of marijuana legalization regularly ranks among the most popular at the digital town halls President Obama takes part in, he declines to address the issue or give it a thoughtful answer.
Incidentally, a younger Obama supported marijuana decriminalization and a rethinking of the drug war.
Because The US Tortures Detainees In Cuba
Almost 800 prisoners accused of terrorism have have been held at the US military prison of Guantánamo, Cuba, where they are detained indefinitely without facing trial. The United States has drawn international criticism from human rights defenders for subjecting the detainees there to torture and other cruel treatment. The Cuban government opposes hosting the US naval base on its soil.
Because The US Has The World’s Largest Prison Population
The United States has the world’s largest prison population by far — largely fed by the war on drugs — at 500 per 100,000 people.
Because The US Jails Undocumented Immigrants Guilty Of Civil Violations
Because the United States imprisons roughly 400,000 immigrants each year on civil violations.
Because The Border Patrol Kills Kids Who Throw Rocks
The US Border Patrol has come under fire for killing minors who were throwing rocks.
Because The US Recognized An Illegal Government In Venezuela
When opponents of leftwing Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez briefly ousted him in 2002, the United States not only failed to condemn the coup, it praised the coup leaders.
Because US Extradition Undermines Justice In Colombia
When Colombia demobilized the largest rightwing paramilitary organization in 2006, if offered lenient sentences to those who would offer details on the atrocities the AUC committed. But rather than facing justice in their home country, Colombia has extradited several paramilitary leaders to the United States to face drug trafficking charges — marking it harder for people like Bela Henríquez to find out the details surrounding the murders of their loved ones.
“More than anger, I feel powerless,” Henriquez, whose father, Julio, was kidnapped and killed on the orders of one defendant, told ProPublica. “We don’t know what they are negotiating, what conditions they are living under. What guarantee of justice do we have?”
Because The US Helped Create Today’s Cartels
The US funded the Guatemalan military during the 1960s and 1970s anti-insurgency war, despite awareness of widespread human rights violations. Among the recipients of US military funding and training were the Kaibiles, a special force unit responsible for several massacres. Former Kaibiles have joined the ranks of the Zetas drug cartel.
Because The US Backed An Argentine Military Dictatorship That Killed 30,000 People
The rightwing military dictatorship that took over Argentina in 1976 “disappeared” some 30,000 people, according to estimates by several human rights organizations. They subjected countless others to sadistic forms of torture and stole dozens of babies from mothers they jailed and murdered. The military junta carried out the so-called “Dirty War” with the full knowledge and support of the Nixon administration.
Because The US Helped Topple The Democratically Elected Government Of Salvador Allende
When it became clear that socialist Salvador Allende would likely win the presidency in Chile, US President Richard Nixon told the CIA to “make the economy scream” in order to “prevent Allende from coming to power or to unseat him,” according to the National Security Archive.
Augusto Pinochet overthrew Allende in a bloody coup on Sept. 11, 1973, torturing and disappearing thousands of his political rivals with the backing of the US government.
Because the US Backed A Military Coup In Brazil In 1964
The Brazilian military overthrew the democratically elected government of João Goulart in 1964, with the enthusiastic support of President Lyndon Johnson, ushering in two decades of repressive government.
Because The US Funded A Terrorist Group In Nicaragua
The Reagan administration funded the Contra rebels against the Marxist Sandinista government in Nicaragua. Regarded by many as terrorists, the Contras murdered, tortured and raped civilians. When human rights organizations reported on the crimes, the Reagan administration accused them of working on behalf of the Sandinistas.
Because The US Helped Finance Atrocities In Colombia
Through Plan Colombia, the US has pumped over $6 billion into Colombia’s military and intelligence service since 2002. The intelligence service has been disbanded for spying on the Supreme Court and carrying out smear campaigns against the justices, as well as journalists, members of Congress and human rights activists. The military faces numerous allegations of human rights abuse, including the practice of killing non-combatants from poor neighborhoods and dressing them up as guerrillas to inflate enemy casualty statistics.
Because The US Maintains A Trade Embargo Against Cuba Despite Opposition From The Entire World
For 21 years, the U.N. has condemned the US embargo against Cuba and for 21 years the United States has ignored it.
Some 188 nations voted against the embargo this year, with only the US itself, Israel, Palau opposing.
Because The US Engineered A Coup Against The Democratically Elected Government Of Guatemala In 1954
At the behest of United Fruit Company, a US corporation with extensive holdings in Central America, the CIA helped engineer the overthrow of the Guatemalan government in 1954, ushering in decades of civil war that resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives.