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. rupert

    Take away the profit. Give them the death penalty. Problem solved.

    November 26, 2014 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  2. rupert

    Unfortunately the ACLU and human rights groups will object. And government does not have the guts.
    at least not in Mexico or the U.S.A.

    November 26, 2014 at 2:04 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Fortunately, the ACLU has no authority over US military actions already sanctioned by congress and written into law by the Commander in Chief.
      The US Military will destroy US street and outlaw biker gangs. The war on street drugs will be won as well as the war being waged by NSA/CIA/FBI against drug money MDs.

      November 26, 2014 at 3:38 pm | Reply
  3. Blue Saffron☼

    Unchecked drug use will do this to ya.

    November 26, 2014 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  4. Blue Saffron☼

    We need detox centers every block in USA.

    November 26, 2014 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  5. Blue Saffron☼

    This forum is a sampling of the public frame of mind. God help us. Yes, I am being fastidious.

    November 26, 2014 at 2:51 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      I don't think fastidious means what you think it means.

      November 26, 2014 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  6. Blue Saffron☼

    Now that is an unfastidious and ignominious comment. Probably lascivious also. Perhaps capricious. But certainly oblivious.

    November 26, 2014 at 3:22 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Also, extremely facetious.

      November 26, 2014 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  7. Blue Saffron☼

    No pumpkin pie for you, kid! LOL
    You are malicious

    November 26, 2014 at 3:48 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      You are erroneous and ostentatious in your fastidiousness...pecan pie ok?

      November 26, 2014 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  8. Blue Saffron☼

    Now that is indeed insidious. Perhaps you are capricious.

    November 26, 2014 at 4:03 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      No, I'm more carnivorous.

      November 26, 2014 at 4:42 pm | Reply
      • Philip

        Ain't that the truth.

        November 26, 2014 at 8:13 pm |
  9. Blue Saffron☼

    You sound more cannibalous.

    November 26, 2014 at 4:56 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      You are ridiculous.

      November 26, 2014 at 5:00 pm | Reply
  10. Blue Saffron☼

    That is so perfidious.

    November 26, 2014 at 5:14 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Why are you being ambiguous?

      November 26, 2014 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  11. rupert


    November 26, 2014 at 5:49 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Laughter infectious.

      November 26, 2014 at 5:54 pm | Reply
  12. Blue Saffron☼

    Don't be so invidious.

    November 26, 2014 at 6:05 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      I assure you, my words are not impetuous.

      November 26, 2014 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  13. rupert


    November 26, 2014 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  14. Blue Saffron☼

    But your posts are contemptuous.

    November 26, 2014 at 7:14 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      And you and your posts are iniquitous.

      November 26, 2014 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  15. rupert

    In 1990, before she got married, banasy and I went to the movies in Chicago to watch the movie "Ghost" with Patrick swayze. Then we made an impetuous decision to go to B.E.D. at days inn.

    November 26, 2014 at 7:25 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Please post those imaginary pictures.

      You were 20 years old in 1990, and I was already dating my husband, and wouldn't have looked twice at a child like you.

      November 26, 2014 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  16. rupert

    Don't bother denying it banasy. I have pictures. Remember?

    November 26, 2014 at 7:26 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Lmao. Ask her about Mexican pool man boy and "party in my panties". See if she remembers *that* one from a couple of years ago. 🙂

      November 26, 2014 at 7:34 pm | Reply
      • banasy©

        I recall Cabana Boy, (you wouldn't understand the reference) and I find it hilarious that you would go so far to stalk me as to find the website and register to become a member just to try and dig up dirt on a woman you had never met, all the while completely ignoring that my husband was also a part of the joking thread you are having the vapors over.

        I pretty much suggest you get over your ignorant self, mmmmkay?

        I realize you are bereft of a sense of humor, but, really?

        November 26, 2014 at 7:42 pm |
      • Maxwell Smart

        Would you believe Party in my Panties?

        November 26, 2014 at 7:58 pm |
      • banasy©

        Sure, I said that, so?

        Stop clutching your pearls, old woman. It was all in jest, and you know it.

        November 26, 2014 at 8:02 pm |
      • Dr. Phil

        Now, @rupert. Don't let you mind get carried away with thoughts of you and banasy having fun with baby oil and and a watermelon. Mmmk?
        Party in my Panties was just some old ladies eyeballing a young Mexican pool boy/man.

        November 26, 2014 at 8:03 pm |
      • banasy©

        Are you really that hung up on an offhand silly conversation that happened over a decade ago with online friends and my husband and I?

        Wow. Let it go. Sorry there weren't illustrations to drive your imaginative wet dreams.

        November 26, 2014 at 8:10 pm |
      • Maxwell Smart @old hag

        Would you believe bucket of balls and enough hair on my ass to weave an American Indian blanket. (instead of old lady theory)

        November 26, 2014 at 8:11 pm |
      • banasy©

        That must make up for the lack on your greasy head. And yes, I've seen it shining on the security tape at the Broadmoor.

        How is the male masseuse?

        November 26, 2014 at 8:16 pm |
  17. Philip

    As far as the USA "war on drugs" south of the border goes, Seal Team 6 and Co. drove South American drug cartels deep into northern Mexico. Lazy sa bums weren't supplying enough crack to keep America's inner city youth down. Not to mention welfare mom crack ho.

    November 26, 2014 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  18. Border PaTroll

    In fact, the bloodiest stretch of real estate on planet earth is that strip of mostly non arable land running from Tejas to Southern Californio. Where The Great Wall near San Diego has seen more deaths than The Great Wall of Berlin. (que Ronnie Raygun)

    November 26, 2014 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  19. chri§§y

    Lol ty @ rupert! My last post WAS at 10:30 am and ive not posted on any other thread today!

    November 26, 2014 at 7:46 pm | Reply
  20. Border PaTroll

    DoJ Fast and Furious was US smuggling Soviet made weapons into Mexico. Otherwise, 94% of illegal weapons confiscated by Mexican authorities would either be weapons made in Israel or made in your USA.
    That one single nationally televised bungle involved the DoJ smuggling over 2000 Soviet made weapons inti the hands of northern Mexico South American drug cartels bringing in crack to US. All illegal under Mexico law, btw. With no Mexican officials filing charges. Because they are all gordo fat cats in bed with Bill Clinton. Err, wait. That was Monica. NAFTA, rather. A BC product.

    November 26, 2014 at 7:47 pm | Reply
    • Maxwell Smart

      Would you believe FBI "Fast and Furious" secret op exposed?

      November 26, 2014 at 7:55 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      What POTUS was behind NAFTA?

      Hint: NOT BC. It was not his "product."

      November 26, 2014 at 7:59 pm | Reply
      • Philip

        Are you claiming BC was/is anti-NAFTA? Really?

        November 26, 2014 at 8:07 pm |
      • banasy©

        Can you not read?
        Did I say that?

        Are you claiming that he somehow took over HW's mind and negotiated with Congress pre-election?

        November 26, 2014 at 8:12 pm |
      • Philip

        No. I fully well know young Willie J. was recruited by CIA chief HW. I was referring to BC supporting NAFTA from.the Oval Office. Not just Monica.

        November 26, 2014 at 8:16 pm |
      • banasy©

        Not what I was addressing. FOCUS!

        November 26, 2014 at 8:19 pm |
      • Philip

        I addressed the issue. Not you. Pipe down.

        November 26, 2014 at 8:23 pm |
      • banasy©

        Because your reading-challenged and refuse to believe that BC wasn't the negotiator behind NAFTA:
        He signed it into law. As is the job of the POTUS. After years of negotiation by the previous POTUS.

        It was not his "product."

        So he supported it.....and?

        Hush, now. Make sure your fainting couch is near.

        November 26, 2014 at 8:31 pm |
  21. Border PaTroll

    oD, rather.

    November 26, 2014 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  22. Philip

    So, banasy. In a drug war, who would win? US or them?

    November 26, 2014 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  23. Philip

    So. Donna, then. Who do you think would win a genuine War on Drugs. U.S. or them.

    November 26, 2014 at 8:18 pm | Reply
    • Simple Jack

      *them* R U.S.

      November 26, 2014 at 8:20 pm | Reply
      • banasy©

        So your question is who will win the war on drugs, the U.S. or the U.S.?

        November 26, 2014 at 8:24 pm |
      • Philip

        My question was simply stated. Need I reword it on the 6th grade level?

        November 26, 2014 at 8:27 pm |
      • banasy©

        So a war on drugs between the U.S. and the U.S. would most likely be won by the U.S.

        November 26, 2014 at 8:39 pm |
  24. Philip

    Who would win, @banasy. In a genuine war on drugs. U.S. or them?
    I await your stupid slash ignorant of issue response.

    November 26, 2014 at 8:25 pm | Reply
    • 9 yr old boy

      Hay @barndaisy or how you spell, I am talking about a genuine effort being made to squelch-out drug abuse in our homeland.
      If such genuine war to be waged, with the FULL efforts of The NSA CIA FBI US MILITARY behind it, who would win? U.S.A. or our enemies?

      November 26, 2014 at 8:32 pm | Reply
      • banasy©

        The war on drugs as defined by what NR started, or your wish to get every medication on the planet eradicated?

        NR's war was never tenable.
        Neither is yours.

        November 26, 2014 at 9:03 pm |
  25. 9 yr old boy

    That's right you dumb old lady. We are our own worst enemies. As displayed here on this blog, daily.

    November 26, 2014 at 8:35 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Talking to your lipsticked hand again?

      November 26, 2014 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  26. Bible Quote

    Members of your own household will become your own worst enemies.

    Jesus Christ

    November 26, 2014 at 8:38 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      You would know better than anyone how much your household of one hates you, you depraved, ignorant ass.

      November 26, 2014 at 8:41 pm | Reply
      • 9 yr old boy

        Jesus wasn't just referring to me you dumb old hag.

        November 26, 2014 at 8:47 pm |
      • banasy©

        You mean the ignorant ass who spouts Bible verses while actually being the most monumental hypocrite alive, which is who Jesus actually spoke against?

        Yes. That would be you, you silly, insecure old woman.

        November 26, 2014 at 8:59 pm |
  27. Ded Blog

    Dead blog. Gn

    November 26, 2014 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  28. 9 yr old boy

    The U.S.A. will WIN the war on drug abuse. For, it is written. Everyone will come to know the truth. Druggies wouldn't know Truth if it were a rock thrown in their face. Nor drunkards.

    November 26, 2014 at 8:51 pm | Reply
  29. rupert

    Just when it was getting better

    November 26, 2014 at 8:52 pm | Reply
    • Dr. Phil

      I've got a 9:30am PST slot available if you would like to schedule, @rupert. We need to talk.

      November 26, 2014 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  30. Philip

    Good night, ladies and gentlemen.

    November 26, 2014 at 8:54 pm | Reply
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