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Joey Ismail
03:19 PM on 02/13/2012
Its a sad day when south American countries look at our policies and say " thanks, but no thanks". We are falling apart...
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fumes
Old black water, keep on rollin'
03:22 PM on 02/13/2012
that part..

won't be missed!
dem4theday
The Dude Abides.
03:35 PM on 02/13/2012
Not often but it does happen a news org will decide not to go with a story due to its obvious mud only content. Maybe America can't be fixed from within, maybe America can fixed can only with a worldwide turning away? I for one wouldn't mind to see America relegated to the status of level with the rest of humankind
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Joey Ismail
05:01 PM on 02/13/2012
That's for sure, .
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Rodger leMonde
I call them as I see them.
03:01 PM on 02/13/2012
Key point drugs are a health and safety issue.
Drug addiction is a manageable condition.
The illegal status makes trafficking in drugs a high profit crime that entices new drug addicts and promotes violent protection of the crime.
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Robert Frano
‘Plausible Deniability’: NOT A FAMILY_VALUE!!
03:01 PM on 02/13/2012
Re: "An embassy statement, Sunday, said that legalizing drugs wouldn't stop transnational gangs that not only traffic drugs but also people and weapons, as well as extorting and kidnapping people..."

Nothing attempted by humans has EVER come remotely come close, in any law-enforcement or other analysis, to stopping, or even reducing, the consumption-level of bi-pedal apes, (aka, 'humans'),
for mood-altering-substances…
The statistical data, to date, (roughly), suggests that, if I imported 100 tons of ‘X’, into country ‘Y’, I could reasonably expect, (decade in/decade out), an investment-return on somewhere between 85 & 95 tons of ‘X’!
When it comes to heroin, the 'Y' axis in that equation could just as easily be Iran as the U.S.A.!

…Trafficking in ‘people’, weapons? How about ‘fast N furious’, the U.S. '.Gov’ giveaway?
Of course, there would be a few more cops available for 'human-trafficking-assigments, thus counteracting the likes of Fr. Bruce Ritter, Franciscan-founder of Covenant house; and alleged ‘john’ of young men employed in the world’s (other), ‘oldest profession’!

I wonder how the embassy feels about cocaine-subs, a product of that most successful of human endeavors, (NOT!!), the (alleged) 'drug war'. Or ‘crack’ & meth?
...Neither of which exists as ‘stand-alone’ compounds in nature…
How does Guatema feel about Amerika making long-over-due amends fo the innocent civilians slaugtered, (like 'Desert Shield/Storm' & 'Operation Freedom'), during the blood-soaked-reign of that ‘great-communicator’, R. Teflon-Reagan, aka, 'Prince' of...senility?
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Jeanette DeBella Bogue
pretty sure I'm going straight to hell....
02:58 PM on 02/13/2012
They decriminalized drugs in Portugal several years ago. Guess what? The sky has not fallen, and drug use has DECREASED.
dem4theday
The Dude Abides.
03:40 PM on 02/13/2012
Reason doesn't work with those who see a diminished profit from gun co stocks.
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markspence
05:41 PM on 02/13/2012
Sweden has zero tolerance, and abuse rates are 1/3rd that of the rest of Western Europe.
02:57 PM on 02/13/2012
Its actually the right thing to do, and over time will take the violence and cartel wealth down, and its the right thing for people too, to not be criminalized and marginalized out of society with a record for what they eat, drink, or smoke. Many people drink some alcohol and do not become alcoholics or act like maniacs. They are not mentally ill. That is the next thing really, to stop assuming everyone has a mental health problem who dabbles in a drug as that is zero tolerance in another form. Obviously people popping pills all day long are disturbed, but most will not do that. There can be civil ways to deal with abusive people in public and diversion programs for the truely bad actors.
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fumes
Old black water, keep on rollin'
02:49 PM on 02/13/2012
the goal is perpetual war..
02:44 PM on 02/13/2012
its not like they have to shiver at americas request ...dont forget theres brazil..who is indeed a super power an will shield latin america
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Caymus77
We the people ARE the Government
02:44 PM on 02/13/2012
Legalize drugs and the profit margin plummets, putting the drug gangs and Cartels out of business.

We have been wasting our money trying to fight drugs in other countries thinking we would then create a shortage. It has NEVER happened!
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02:42 PM on 02/13/2012
I would like to know if the embassy is in any way involved with the illegal drug trade and the enormous profits it generates. After all we have the contra scandal as a precedent.
pavementends42
Laugh at everything, apologize if it's inappropria
02:38 PM on 02/13/2012
Why are we lecturing anyone on effective drug policies when the War on Drugs is the biggest open joke of our domestic policy? We should learn to sit down and shut up when we have zero legs to stand on. What else are we going to start lecturing on, how to build a developed nation with a staggering lack of literacy and quality education? Give me a break.
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theiFyoU
I used to be disgusted, but now I'm just amused.
02:46 PM on 02/13/2012
We have had lots of troops in Afghanistan for ten years. Care to guess what country most heroin comes out of still?
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fumes
Old black water, keep on rollin'
03:25 PM on 02/13/2012
it's intentional..

our presence there is really a ruse
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rascalcat
Lover of liberal women and cheap wine.Or was it...
02:37 PM on 02/13/2012
Why should we criticize them for recognizing that America's 30 year war on drugs has failed and they are paying a high price for that.  The crime that goes along with drugs is because they are illegal.
dem4theday
The Dude Abides.
03:44 PM on 02/13/2012
Hippie chicks and barefoot!
flkewlkid00
waste is a terrible thing to mind
02:34 PM on 02/13/2012
the alcohol lobby and the pharmaceutical lobby will have none of this! they need to buy some more foreign politicians to add to their huge american collection.
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theiFyoU
I used to be disgusted, but now I'm just amused.
02:33 PM on 02/13/2012
It is really tough to run a war, when the other side gives up.
Perhaps we should surrender?
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appeallawy
02:24 PM on 02/13/2012
Only those with a reality deficit can continue to embrace the sort of Volstead Act conduct that is the updated war on stimulents. Alcohol was the bugaboo that created both organized lawlessness, lack of respect for law, organized crime and the symbiosis of law enforcement and criminals. The decriminalization of drugs will allow a sensible licensing, monitoriing, quality control and legal distribution systems that will make illegality uneconomic. Savings in terms of the enormous costs of failed interdiction and the scandal of the justice system will be considerable. Yes, there will be drug use and abuse just as there is alcohol use and abuse but it will not entail hundreds of billions of dollars on a failed effort to interdict and criminalize what is both a social ill that is not afected by putting people in jail.
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joeyfoto
“Écraser l'infamie!”
02:14 PM on 02/13/2012
Of all the wars America has engaged in in the last century, "Drug War" is the dumbest.

The predictable consequences of this evil policy are so obvious that it is unconscionable to support it, to apologize for it, or to continue it. Drug War is an ongoing crime against humanity.

What began as a fraud, quickly became a failure, until now, in 2012, "Drug war" is a cruel farce.

This ambassador should be expelled from Guatemala, for advocating failed policies that harm the interests of the Guatemalan people.