Retaining the focus and the spirit of the acclaimed First Edition, The Drug Legalization Debate, Second Edition, addresses the major issues involved in the continuing drug legalization debate - including deterrence, treatment, education, and prevention. It also examines drug use trends at the end of the millennium, the use of cannabis as a wonder drug and a look at whether legalizing drugs would really reduce violent crime.
Chapter 8: War is Still not the Answer
War is Still not the Answer
President Nixon was the first elected leader of the country to declare war on drugs. He did this in 1971 with a strong law enforcement initiative against drug traffickers and major dealers and with a rapid expansion of drug treatment programs focused on heroin addiction. Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton continued the effort, with each promising to increase the war effort against drugs but with different priorities.
The nature of the federal role in international interdiction activities has led to the promise of more potent weapons, faster pursuit crafts, and greater bilateral cooperation. As an afterthought to these commitments each administration has mentioned the importance of reducing the demand for drugs. The ...