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. Never printed with permission

    "High. My name is Shaka. And I'm.a fourth generation Chicago welfare crack mom. You were saying...?

    November 27, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Reply
    • Jodie Aberdeen

      I was saying you're drunk. Go sleep it off!

      November 27, 2014 at 4:43 pm | Reply
    • Bill


      November 28, 2014 at 12:46 am | Reply
  2. Never printed with permission

    Americans want more drugs. Make drugs for them or they will have you shot!

    November 27, 2014 at 1:24 pm | Reply
    • Jodie Aberdeen

      Americans spend far more time drunk as this hobo above me shows!

      November 27, 2014 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  3. Reprinted With Permission

    Ariel Sharon:::

    "The 9/11 pilots were probably hindus from India . They were busy raiping in the cokpit and hit the buildings rather than flying to Bombay."

    November 27, 2014 at 1:25 pm | Reply
    • Jacob Ambrose

      This is the most sensible thing I have heard the fat pig Sharon utter.

      November 27, 2014 at 2:28 pm | Reply
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    Captain Achmed Abu Obama:::

    "As soon as the door of the Indian airline plane shuts, these Indian passengers take their shoes off. Now, coupled with upper and lower body odor the air becomes unbearable but there there is nowhere to escape . Soon the curry will be served and the smell will permeate the air also. It is enough to jump out of the plane. And the journey has just begun."

    November 27, 2014 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  5. Jacob Ambrose

    Come, Come fly with us. We will bring you in the cokkpitt and raipe the heck out of you. For safety reasons...we will only do it during takeoff and landing. We are Air India.

    November 27, 2014 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  6. Ustov Pasternik

    80-year-old woman raiped in Tamil Nadu, India

    SALEM (Tamil Nadu): In a shocking incident, an 80-year old woman was allegedly raiped by a 41-year-old man following which she was admitted to a hospital in a serious condition.

    November 27, 2014 at 2:30 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      Nine months later, the old battle ax gave birth to a Muslim truck driver.

      November 28, 2014 at 12:50 am | Reply
  7. chri§§y

    Lol we reserve the term "romper room" for congress! @ bobcat is it really you? What are you watching on tv today? Thats how ill know if its you lol.

    November 27, 2014 at 3:40 pm | Reply
    • bobcat2u

      Yeah it's me chrissy. Right now I'm watching our Lions put it on Da Bears. Game over Lions 34 – Bears 17 (sorry banasy)
      I see our hijacker has been busy in our absence. Well, I'll be nice since this is his day. Everyone should be nice to a Turkey today.

      November 27, 2014 at 3:54 pm | Reply
      • banasy©

        Meh. They can't play 4 consecutive quarters consistently.

        November 27, 2014 at 5:21 pm |
  8. Ustov Pasternik

    Hindu pundits arrested for raiping 2 deaf, dumb girls in India.

    JAIPUR: Two of five orphaned hearing and speech impaired girls between the age of 15 and 17 years were raiped, one molested several times for a year, and the others beaten up by some pundits in the Abhishek ashram in Bengaluru.

    November 27, 2014 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  9. Ustov Pasternik

    American Tourist 0 : Gang Raipists 42

    American tourist gang-raiped in Manali: INDIA

    NEW DELHI: An American tourist was allegedly gang-raiped by a truck driver and two of his accomplices in Himachal Pradesh, police said on Tuesday.
    "The 30-year-old was raiped by men in a truck on Monday night.

    November 27, 2014 at 3:58 pm | Reply
    • Hannah

      Happy to you. Your post sent a chill down my spine

      November 27, 2014 at 5:58 pm | Reply
  10. chri§§y

    Lmao yea i texted her and apologised already! Who wouldve ever expected this huh? 8 and 4 now!

    November 27, 2014 at 4:06 pm | Reply
    • bobcat2u

      That reminds me of a joke.

      The Chicago Bears have a new line of cologne. It's a little different though; you wear it and the other guy scores.

      November 27, 2014 at 4:23 pm | Reply
      • bobcat2u

        After spending all day watching football, Jimmy fell asleep in front of the TV and spent the whole night in the chair. In the morning, his wife woke him up. "Get up dear," she said, "it's 20 to 7" He awoke with a start and said, "In who's favor?"

        November 27, 2014 at 4:29 pm |
      • banasy©


        November 27, 2014 at 5:22 pm |
      • rupert

        Stroking your p eeniz, eh.

        November 27, 2014 at 6:07 pm |
      • rupert

        U like guys? From the back I reckon.

        November 27, 2014 at 6:07 pm |
  11. chri§§y

    Lmao true @ bobcat. That turkey has way too much dopamine though lol.

    November 27, 2014 at 4:15 pm | Reply
    • bobcat2u

      Large emphasis on the "dope"

      November 27, 2014 at 4:26 pm | Reply
      • rupert

        Earth to joey. Earth to joey.
        Joey Isotta-Fraschini. Where are u? We are being invaded by Paki trolls.
        U copy?

        November 27, 2014 at 8:08 pm |
    • rupert

      Sir, would you like my dikkamine?

      November 27, 2014 at 6:12 pm | Reply
      • rupert

        Who dares steal my name!
        Blue max and blue saffron. I hold u two responsible!!! Now pack your tiffin box and go back to India. U hindoo raypists.
        D.A.M. that was good turkey. Banasy cooks almost as good as my mother.

        November 27, 2014 at 8:04 pm |
      • banasy©

        You would never be invited to dinner at my house.

        Post your silly fantasies elsewhere.

        November 27, 2014 at 8:08 pm |
  12. chri§§y

    Lol i knew you would pick up on that @ bobcat.

    November 27, 2014 at 4:30 pm | Reply
    • rupert

      You pick my d ikk

      November 27, 2014 at 6:04 pm | Reply
    • rupert

      Banasy. Your dressing was too dry and the gravy too watery. Try harder next time.
      Thank u

      November 27, 2014 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  13. Hannah

    Pumpkin Pie is to Americans what gang raipes are to Indian Hinddooze

    November 27, 2014 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  14. Hannah

    The Khmer Rouge trial and guilty verdict sends a loud and clear message to all those leaders who undertook genocides. Payback time.

    It is time to stand up Modi of India and send him to The Hague to face trial of murders and genocides in Gujarat et al, India ..... committed against the minorities.

    November 27, 2014 at 4:56 pm | Reply
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    Stalin and Mussolinis were world leaders too. Modi is the Joseph Mengele of modern times.

    He is a pariah. A murderer. A genocidalist. Like Gandhi he enjoys underage boys. In fact his boyfriend is from Myanmar.

    He is a woman basher. He married an underage girl and abandoned her on nuptial night.

    Now if you and your pappy like him then god bless ya’ll. But from my perch I don’t want to be Modi. In fact I don’t wanna be a “leader” in India. They are ALL raypists. The fact of the matter is I don’t even wanna go to India because I don’t wanna get Ebola.

    November 27, 2014 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  16. banasy©

    Happy Thanksgiving, bobcat2u and Chrissy.
    May it be joyous.

    November 27, 2014 at 5:19 pm | Reply
    • bobcat2u

      Happy Thanksgiving banasy.

      November 27, 2014 at 5:42 pm | Reply
      • Rupert

        You eat turket s hit today

        November 27, 2014 at 6:01 pm |
      • rupert

        Hey hannah. Why don't u tell me where u are at so I can go fukk u

        November 27, 2014 at 8:20 pm |
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    Bill Gates::

    "I stood in front of The Parthenon and took in all the good that Athena stood for.

    I read about the Temples of Khajurahu and the evil that Kali Maa stands for.

    Two cultures: The Greeks – so very enlightened. The Hindus – epitomy of terrorism."

    November 27, 2014 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  18. hannah

    With few exceptions most are just juvenile one liner s tupid comments. No brain power. Just one stupid person taking on several IDs and talking to himself scratching his balls.

    November 27, 2014 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  19. Hannah

    The 5:29 post is not me. Someone has hijacked my account.

    November 27, 2014 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  20. Hannah

    Raipe is actually THE oldest indigenous sport of India invented some 6000 years ago.

    November 27, 2014 at 5:33 pm | Reply
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    Indeed. Gang raiping is the professional league in India akin to MLB Major League Baseball in America.

    November 27, 2014 at 5:35 pm | Reply
    • Hannah

      Indeed. Happy TGiving RWP! I got an heirloom bronze this year. Organic free range

      November 27, 2014 at 5:56 pm | Reply
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    Modi reminds me of Pol Pot. Not for his looks but for murders and genocides. One a Khmer Rouge and the other BJP. Both terrorists.

    November 27, 2014 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  23. rupert

    Perfect day to gang raipe in India. Stuffing of sorts. LOL

    November 27, 2014 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  24. chri§§y

    Thank you @ banasy...just another day!

    November 27, 2014 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  25. Blue Saffron☼

    Loved the lemon squares and chocolate mousse cake. Dark meat with gravy was to die for.... range fed. Great comments by all. Comes down to electromagnetic circuitry of the brain. Speaking of which just lit up my holiday lights ! Boooteeful !

    November 27, 2014 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  26. Cristobal

    Hiya @Blue Saffron! What a beautiful day. Thank god for great friends.

    November 27, 2014 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  27. Cristobal

    @RWP great trip down memory lane. Where is our leader these days? Coronation? Heard he started an investment banking firm on Wall Street and opened up a french restaurant on Upper East Side.

    November 27, 2014 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  28. Blue Max

    Jacob, Ustov good to see you back here. Cheers!

    November 27, 2014 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  29. Blue Saffron☼

    Anyone on Lester's offers? @Cristobal he is partners with Boulud in a Bistro.

    November 27, 2014 at 7:04 pm | Reply
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    "India needs to be sliced up into smaller nations along the lines of communist USSR and let smaller and more gentle and economically dynamic states emerge. eliminating Gang raipes, stopping the genocide in Kashmir of muslim children/women, subjugation of minorities, prosecution of Christians and Muslims should be top priority. Furthermore the ridiculously large and ineffective Indian army needs to be dismantled and put to use in assisting the poverty stricken masses and not sitting in trenches hiding from Talibans."

    November 27, 2014 at 7:15 pm | Reply
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