I was extremely surprised and disappointed to read in The Nation the same alarmist, myopic, incorrect analysis and regurgitation of the government party lines about the so-called "drug war." There has been a drumbeat of propaganda from US government and military officials and pundits claiming that Mexico is at risk of being a failed state, on the verge of civil war, losing control of its territory and posing a threat to US national security. It is sad to see The Nation parroting this false narrative.
What has been dubbed "drug-war doublespeak" aims not to win the war on drugs but to assure funding and public support for the military model of combating illegal drug trafficking, despite the losses and overwhelming evidence that current strategies are not working. Case in point, the Merida Initiative, launched just before Bush was out the door and based on the disastrous Plan Colombia.
Alarmist cries help clinch the passage this Plan Mexico to further militarize the southern border and obtain lucrative contracts for mercenaries like Blackwater/Xe.
The Nation would be better off drawing more attention to the US demand and harm reduction and for the need to cut off pork barrel contracts to military contractors. Also, open up the debate to all options include legalization. Three former presidents propose to do just that: Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brasil, César Gaviria of Colombia and Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico. In a recently released report, they pronounced the war on drugs a failure and call for a "paradigm shift."
The jingoistic repetition of State Department propaganda has no place in The Nation.