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Paul Chabot, Former White House Drug Advisor: 'I Don't Have A Lot Of Faith' In Obama

  1. ZenobiaSky
    18631.jpg Paul Chabot, who served as a White House drug adviser to Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, told HuffPost Live on Friday that he lacked faith in the Obama administration's drug policy towards Mexico as that country's government is in the midst of transition.

    "I don't really see much change happening," Chabot told HuffPost Live host Alicia Menendez. "I don't have a lot of faith right now in this administration and what they're doing, just based on recent circumstances."

    Chabot referenced past attempts to target high-level drug traffickers, arguing that such an approach can only be part of a larger overall strategy.

    "We can target the drug cartels all we want, but unless we're also implementing a system to go after local corruption and help to root that out, help to build up a civil system, we're going to have a lot of difficulty in turning around Mexico," Chabot said.

    The discussion also included John Ackerman, editor-in-chief of the Mexican Law Review; Alejandro Hope, a security analyst at Imco, and David Borden, executive director of StopTheDrugWar.org.

    Watch the Full Segment on HuffPost Live http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/mexico's-security/50d0e67502a7606dd5000485

    Huffington Post.com 12/21/2012 3:42 pm EST
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/21/paul-chabot-obama-drug-policy_n_2346917.html

Comments

  1. Phaeton
    Re: Paul Chabot, Former White House Drug Advisor: 'I Don't Have A Lot Of Faith' In Ob

    Is Mexico applying for statehood?
    I ask because of the line: "lot of difficulty turning Mexico around."

    I edited out the rant, not the place for my frustration with the USA's interference with neighbors.
  2. ZenobiaSky
    Re: Paul Chabot, Former White House Drug Advisor: 'I Don't Have A Lot Of Faith' In Ob

    I so agree, We need to get our own shit straight before trying to straighten out every one else's.
  3. rawbeer
    Re: Paul Chabot, Former White House Drug Advisor: 'I Don't Have A Lot Of Faith' In Ob

    Well as much as I don't like the USA's policy of fucking with the internal politics of any nation that goes astray from our foreign policy wishes, I really think we need to take a more agressive stand on Mexico. It is the one and only nation I think we should be sending our military into. Mexico is in a very troubling place, with its government powerless agains brutal cartels. I could give a shit about drugs entering this country but I really do give a shit about mass graves and innocent people living in terror.

    Having such a corrupt and troubled state touching our border is a threat to national security. That border is a pretty loosely defined one - drug violence is already creeping across it. But I don't think we need to wait for US citizens to start dying before we intervene. I think the people of Mexico need help and as neighboors we are obliged to provide it.

    I would love to see a humanitarian intervention - send in our military to protect the towns threatened by cartels and to wage war against them. I am not suggesting we target the drug trade, but rather the violence that it causes. Send a message that we will not allow these abuses to go on so close to home. If this violence was happening in Texas, or New Mexico, wouldn't we take drastic measures to stop it?

    Of course this will not happen and if we do intervene it willl be in a corrupt, ineffective way that will resemble the shitty messes we are currently dealing with in the middle east. But it would be nice to see the USA do the right thing for once, help out some suffering innocent people and put some real assholes in their place. That is what I grew up believing my country was all about. I wish it was what we were all about - it could be. I wish my country actually stood up and practiced the ideals it preaches instead of being the Global Hypocrite Asshole it has become.
  4. quickiB
    Re: Paul Chabot, Former White House Drug Advisor: 'I Don't Have A Lot Of Faith' In Ob

    The US can send all of its money down south and it still wouldn't change anything or for very long. It's extermely frustrating, because the only way to end it is to end the cause of it. But the political system has entirely turned the symptom into the cause and I fear this is a chronic and/or terminal condition. The violence is only going to get worse. And I think Uncle Sam's got a lot of his own hypocrisy to reign in before it starts throwing stones as Mexico. If it weren't for the US, we probably wouldn't have been in a lot of these kinds of situations, the drug war for certain. Fucking puritans (not you guys on here; the general culture of perverse moralism)
  5. Addie Daddy
    Re: Paul Chabot, Former White House Drug Advisor: 'I Don't Have A Lot Of Faith' In Ob

    Targeting Mexico by invading with military will very little. If anything it will produce another long, drawn out guerilla wars like in the middle east.

    And even if we did make some progress in eliminating drug production/distribution...guess what? It then moves it's modus of operations to central america, then pushed to Ecuador, Brazil, and further and further. These types of interventions merely cause short term changes in supply...soon enough the supply always meets the demand.
  6. CaptainTripps
    Re: Paul Chabot, Former White House Drug Advisor: 'I Don't Have A Lot Of Faith' In Ob

    The violence in Mexico is probably the number one driving force in the move to legalize drugs in the Western Hemisphere. It is making politicians think the unthinkable. Legalize drugs, tax them, create legal jobs, stop the violence. And the hard part, getting off the tit of American foreign aid. Countries like Guatemala are talking about decriminalizing drug trafficking. If you bring drugs through the country but don't break other laws, like cutting off peoples heads, they will let you move your product in peace. Interesting idea giving the cartels a motive to not to murder policemen, unlike Mexico which seems to have done everything they can make their police (at least the few honest ones) targets for violence. Legalization and decriminalization laws are beginning to take hold in many places in Latin America. They have come to realize that the choice is not whether to allow drugs or to prohibit them, the choice is to live in violence and chaos, or to live in peace. The price of peace is drug legalization. Seems like a small price to pay to me.

    America has to make a tough choice. Either spend a fortune to seal off the boarder and spend another fortune to prop up Mexico's government and drug war, or to accept the idea of legalizing and regulating some kind of drugs. The fact is we don't have the money to waste anymore on shit like this. Violence crossing our boarders will force the powers that be to make some decisions. If we choose not to fund the madness, the only choice left will be legalization.

    The DEA/FDA are embarking a a cruel and misguided effort to control pain medication in the United States. This has two effects. It makes heroin necessary to help people who can no longer get adequate legal pain medication. Two as the number of heroin users skyrockets this will force them to reconsider the new restrictions and crackdowns on things like oxycondone and hydrocodone. Either loosen these restrictions or accept a nation of heroin users. The American government needs to realize that the choice is reasonable access to pain medication for it's citizens or a nation of heroin junkies. Do you want to give the money to big pharm or the cartels? The steady flow of heroin is the only way to force them to change this crap they are pulling.

    If it is going to take a gun to the head to make the politicians do the right thing and legalize drugs. Then I for one am against removing that gun. They have already proven, time and time again they will not listen to reason.

    I am sorry to hear of all the violence in Mexico and other places. But there is an answer to this problem, it is not my fault if they don't reach out a take that answer. Peace is within their reach if they are big enough to take it.
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