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2.) "Ladies and gentlemen, I believe that this process of collaboration under the Merida Initiative will eventually succeed because of a very simple reason for Mexico as well as for the United States: We cannot lose, because if we lose we will say to the generations that come after us ‘you are condemned to live in a disgusting and repulsive world,’ and that's a conversation I do not want to have with my children or grandchildren in years to come.”
Why he's wrong: A world in which human beings can freely recreate in ways that do not harm their neighbors is not objectively disgusting or repulsive. Drug use dates back to antiquity and will likely accompany us to the end of time. It's arguably not worth shedding blood over.
1.) “It may seem contradictory, but the unfortunate level of violence is a sign of success in the fight against drugs....[cartels] are like caged animals, attacking one another.”
Why she's wrong: In 2011, the Child Rights Network in Mexico estimated that nearly 1,000 children had been killed in drug-related violence between 2006, when Felipe Calderon ramped up the Mexican drug war, and 2010. In 2011, a drug-related casino bombing in Mexico killed 52 people, most of them elderly. So it's not just cartel fighters killing each other. But even if it were—calling them "animals" doesn't reflect well on Obama's "compassionate" drug policy.
Mike Riggs is an associate editor at Reason magazine.