November 25th, 2014
06:33 PM ET

Zedillo: Why the war on drugs is failing

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Fareed speaks with Ernesto Zedillo, an economist who served as president of Mexico and is now the director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, and Ethan Nadelmann, the executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, about the war on drugs.

So explain, Ernesto, why you think the drug war has failed.

Zedillo: Well, by any objective indicator – let's look at what has happened with consumption, let's see what has happened with production of drugs, let's see how many people that are in jail. I mean, when these wars started in the U.S., you had 300,000 people in U.S. jails. Now you have 2.3 million people. And a lot of those people are in jail because of minor offenses, drug-related minor offenses.

But if you see south of the border, what we'll have to talk about thousands of people who have died in my country, you will have to speak about all these resources that flow north to south, and not only serve to buy weapons and to kill people in Mexico, but believe me, drug policies in your country, in Europe, in Latin America – everywhere – are making our job so much harder and so much more painful.

Watch the video for the full discussion.

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  1. Reprinted With Permission

    7:15 is not my comment. Shame on the thief.
    "Terrorism is rampant in the region in part financed by Indians. We need to revisit our relationship with India. American taxpayers will not tolerate this anymore. We need to take care of our own populace going forward. We cannot be exporting jobs to India or giving it financial or technical handouts. "

    November 27, 2014 at 7:18 pm | Reply
    • Ferhat Balkan

      I am from Haiti who cares about India. Where is it btw?

      November 28, 2014 at 1:51 am | Reply
  2. Reprinted With Permission

    @my possum pretensions and more pretensions. We see through it.

    November 27, 2014 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  3. Never printed with permission

    Yes. Indians attack each other. Duh.

    November 27, 2014 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  4. Reprinted With Permission

    Turkey brains.... Derp. Cherokee perhaps.

    November 27, 2014 at 8:44 pm | Reply
  5. Bill

    I fully agree but I would go one step further and legalize narcotics. Clinics that currently distribute methadone could also distribute herion but only to those who are clearly addicted. Along with needles. Taking these two drugs away from the drug gangs would do much to diminish their wholesale destruction of Mexico. And it would cease filling up our prisons with these usuer offenders.

    November 28, 2014 at 12:45 am | Reply
  6. rupert

    Derp burp slurp.
    Lingo of dopamine infested troll.

    November 28, 2014 at 1:18 am | Reply
  7. rupert

    Most of drug trade through India now. Afghan inventory. Into Myanmar and over to Europe and USA.

    November 28, 2014 at 1:20 am | Reply
  8. banasy

    Derp chrissy, happy diwali

    November 28, 2014 at 1:21 am | Reply
  9. crissy

    I AM NOT FROM INDIA @ banasy. I was born out of wedlock in haiti. Derp

    November 28, 2014 at 1:23 am | Reply
  10. Chrissy

    Namastay @banasy. Hare krishna Hare Ram.

    November 28, 2014 at 1:24 am | Reply
  11. Chrissy

    Lol @rupert. Try samosas for khumbh mela. Pakoras for after raipe snack oooops snake. Om Om Om

    November 28, 2014 at 1:26 am | Reply
    • Ferhat Balkan

      Ok. Your wisdom is indeed boundless. You ARE mother india.

      November 28, 2014 at 1:49 am | Reply
  12. Philip

    I am back. Had a terrible thanksgiving in bangaloru. Got raiped. Come visit me in hospital

    November 28, 2014 at 1:29 am | Reply
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

    Had a good vegetarian thanksgiving. Cow dung pancakes for desert. Slurrrp. GRUNT.
    Hi chrissy. How is bombay?

    November 28, 2014 at 1:40 am | Reply
  14. Ferhat Balkan

    Just returned from Romania. Had blood sausage tandoori kabab. Did not realize Kaali Maa was Dracula's concubine!

    November 28, 2014 at 1:48 am | Reply
  15. Obese Larry the cable guy

    They'll have to pry my antacid pills from my cold dead hands. Or strain them out of my muddy butt residue.

    November 28, 2014 at 11:35 am | Reply
    • Jodie Aberdeen

      Quit drinking your cheap whiskey and you won't get heartburn and diarrhea dummy. Who strains pills from poo anyway freak?!?

      November 28, 2014 at 1:06 pm | Reply
      • Obese Larry the cable guy

        Cheap whiskey?.I ate 2 1/2 turkeys and 4 cans of cranberry sauce. That pint of JD is nothing compared to the bottle of Prilosec GT turbo pills I took yesterday morning. Or these Prilosec morning after' pills I took today. Still got muddy butt though.

        November 28, 2014 at 6:22 pm |
    • Jodie Aberdeen

      Plus 4 bottles of cheap whiskey. You drunko. I s'pode you think muddy butt is clever or something and for someone who picks pulls out of poo you're gross and disgusting and should probably die.

      November 28, 2014 at 6:31 pm | Reply
  16. Eddie Fonseca

    Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown all had something in common their love affair with drugs, and cocaine which seems to be our great nations weakness when we have to spark a long big dobbie after work with our friends. So here is how we deal with the drug problem in America it's called education ladies and gentleman, and starts with the family's of young teenager boy's and girls using drugs. Instead of making them feel bad they are taking drugs talk to your kids, about how drugs can ruin their lives and send them in debt problems with their family's and banks as well. Also as Americans we need to win the war on drugs in our country, because we can't let the Mexican drug cartel take control of our streets and rule our lives as well. Rick James the Super freak who had a song called Mary Jane also spoke of his trouble times with drugs and how they ruined his life, as Americans we need to realize being high is not the answer but education and pushing out the drug cartels who rule our fair city's in our great nation is the answer to the problem in America for years to come.

    December 30, 2015 at 11:25 pm | Reply
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