U.S. Drug War Called A Failure By Latin American Panel

03/14/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • JOSE DE CORDOBA Wall Street Journal

MEXICO CITY - As drug violence spirals out of control in Mexico, a commission led by three former Latin American heads of state blasted the U.S.-led drug war as a failure that is pushing Latin American societies to the breaking point.

"The available evidence indicates that the war on drugs is a failed war," said former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, in a conference call with reporters from Rio de Janeiro. "We have to move from this approach to another one."

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