Let’s Have A Real War On Drugs!
By Bob Weir

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Bob Weir is a veteran of 20 years with the New York Police Dept. (NYPD), ten of which were performed in plainclothes undercover assignments. Bob began a writing career about 16 years ago and had his first book published in 1999. He also became a syndicated columnist under the title “Weir Only Human.” Photo by and courtesy of Netsky Rodriguez.

FLOWER MOUND, TX — June 14, 2022 — If another country were to blame for killing over a hundred thousand Americans every year, wouldn’t that be considered more than enough provocation to declare war on those responsible? The United States has gone to war with a lot less provocation. About 3,000 American lives were lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor; about 58,000 US soldiers died in the Vietnam War; and 3,000 civilian lives were taken away in the assault on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a thwarted attempt to strike the White House. Meanwhile, we’re bordered by a country that has been the gateway for illegal and very dangerous drugs for several decades. 

The phrase, “war on drugs” has been bandied about since 1971 when President Nixon declared drug abuse to be “public enemy number one!” A couple decades later, Nancy Reagan encouraged children to “just say no” to drug use. In 2011, the Global Commission on Drug Policy criticized the war on drugs as a failure, with devastating consequences for our country. Other commissions have been set up since, none of which has had a serious impact on the deadly scourge, which evidently has insinuated itself into our society like an invisible plague that the public has become inured to. 

When several innocent people are slaughtered in a single attack, the story is in the headlines for days, if not weeks. Obviously, emotions run high when children are shot dead in their schools by a maniac. The concern and compassion we feel for families of the victims is what makes us decent human beings. Yet, if the carnage is spread out over the course of a year, and statistics indicate a massive loss of life, it becomes merely wallpaper that has been observed long enough to seem normal, except for the families of the victims. Let’s suppose that 100,000 Americans, mostly those in their teens, 20s, and 30s, were murdered in a single attack. Would our collective consciousness and outrage suddenly be awakened long enough to demand that our government go to war against those responsible? 

Our country is being destroyed by malevolent drug cartels that appear to be operating with a license to kill. Our brave soldiers fought and died fighting enemies in countries thousands of miles away. We were told how important it was to fight the Taliban, Al Qaeda, ISIS, and an assortment of other monstrous terrorist groups. But, as odious as those extreme radicals are; how many Americans die tragically every year because of their violent activities? Contrarily, right across our southern border we have terrorist gangs that are a clear and present danger to every citizen of our country! Doesn’t it seem odd that we aren’t hearing a constant barrage of fiery invective from our government toward those who make hundreds of billions from pushing drugs on our children?    

We already know how corrupt our country has become since World War 2, when we had patriots in every influential sector of news reportage, corporate life, public education, and Hollywood. Sadly, in 2022 we cannot count on love of country from any of the above. Instead, we see an insatiable lust for power, money and control emanating out of all the institutions that we once had faith in. Is it possible that there’s so much cash in illicit drugs that any politician, corporate executive, intelligence agency official, or Tinseltown bigwig can be bought, or otherwise persuaded to stay silent while our country is inevitably obliterated from within? 

The most crucial job of government is to keep its people safe. What happens when those we elect are unwilling, incapable, or afraid to speak out against the vicious drug kingpins? When was the last time we heard the words, “Sinaloa Cartel” from a high-ranking public official? Possibly never? We hear the words “Invasion of Ukraine” every day. How many of our citizens are being killed by Russians and/or Ukrainians? Why are we giving tens of billions of dollars to stop an invasion of a country 6,000 miles away, while neglecting, even encouraging, an invasion of our own border? Why isn’t our mighty military machine, which costs us hundreds of billions annually, used to protect the homeland from the forces of evil wrapping its tentacles around the throat of our democracy? Given the aforementioned mountains of cash available to bribe, cajole and frighten opposition, such a question is rhetorical at best.  

Bob WeirLet’s Have A Real War On Drugs!
By Bob Weir

Comments 2

  1. Why waste your breath Bob, I spent 8 years in various narcotics units during my 20 years with the NYPD. We brought 2000 homicides a year down to 200 during that time. Alcohol makes the unacceptable, acceptable while drugs make evil acceptable. My sister team in Manhattan north narcotics all went to federal prison for stealing millions in drugs and drug money. Fortunately there’s always someone watching and they were exposed by the honest cops and DEA agents who far outnumber the dishonest ones. For my first masters degree I did a presentation at John Jay college showing the correlation between the NYPD narcotics initiatives of the 90s and the dramatic drop in homicides. The very nice liberal professor just couldn’t accept my findings and what they like to call “anecdotal evidence” because they have no real life experience. I got the same B in the class as the zombies who did nothing and nodded in agreement with the professor that the “war on drugs” is a waste of time and money. It’s a race to the bottom now. Please enjoy the fruits of your labor liberals because you’ve certainly earned it and remember just because you don’t hate the criminal element it doesn’t mean that they don’t hate you! I can and will defend myself and my family but you can’t and won’t!

    1. Thanks for the comments! I worked the Street Crime Unit for 9 years, personally making just over 500 felony arrests. During that time we had orders from the top to stay away from arrests involving drugs. The thinking was that there was too much money involved, and they didn’t want us to be tempted. Before becoming a part of the unit, we had effected many arrests for drug use and sales, as well a every other crime. Nevertheless, we weren’t trusted to resist the corruption that comes from that cash-only enterprise. We were actually told to look the other way when we saw what we recognized as drug transactions. That went against the grain for cops that were used to enforcing all laws. Hence, we would find other ways to end the careers of drug-pushers. We knew that they are often involved in other crimes, so we kept them in sight until we could make arrests for other felonies, and, since they possessed drugs when we nabbed them, those drugs were added to the charges. Our superior officers didn’t like it, but they didn’t dare tell us to lie on the arrest reports. As a result, we used a circuitous route to obtain the same objective, hopefully saving some people, mainly teenagers, from drug-addiction and ruined lives. Incidentally, there was never even a hint of corruption emanating from our unit.

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