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  1. The assumption here being that since he didn't know, nobody knew. Because obviously, nobody is smarter than him.
  2. Or possibly just one, since the two parties are getting more alike all the time. Probably not a constitutional convention in the normal sense, but as we turn more and more into a police state, there is a definite possibility of a military coup. There was a survey done in 2015, and 43 percent of Republicans surveyed said they could envision a military coup in the U.S. Republicans (43 percent) were more likely to say they can envision a scenario in which they could support a military coup than Democrats (20 percent). Perhaps that difference is related to having a Democratic president who some critics on the right see as overstepping his power. (What's laughable is those same critics have no problem at all with a Republican president overstepping his power.)
  3. I can guess it is not for humanitarian reasons. Mexico has about had their fill of fighting the drug war for us, and are moving towards decriminalization. If California legalizes weed, this would be enough to tip the scales in favor of decriminalization for Mexico. For years now, Mexico has paid an extraordinarily high price in lives and social disruption for Washington’s insistence that North America’s drug problem be tackled south of the border, where the drugs are grown and transported, rather than primarily in clinics and halfway houses at home to treat the medical and psychological issues of users. Mexican President Pena Nieto. Successive administrations, starting with President Nixon, have demanded ever-tougher border controls, aerial-spraying programs, and DEA-backed anti-“cartel” operations in Mexico. All those efforts and sacrifices have been for naught. U.S. residents currently export up to $29 billion in cash to Mexican traffickers each year to buy marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines and heroin. Forcing that trade underground has taken a terrible toll on Mexico in terms of violence, corruption and social upheaval. Since 2006, when President Felipe Calderón ordered his military to join the “war” on drug traffickers, Mexico has lost about 200,000 lives and 30,000 more have disappeared,dwarfing the civilian death toll in Afghanistan and Iraq over that period. The majority of those killed and disappeared were victims of criminal organizations, but human rights organizations also report soaring rates of human rights violations, including torture and killing, committed by security forces. The 2016 Global Peace Index, prepared by the Institute for Economics and Peace, estimates the total cost of violence in Mexico at $273 billion, or 14 percent of GDP, with no end in sight. Direct fiscal costs of fighting the war on crime were about $32 billion in 2015 alone. Yet the United States has contributed only about $2.5 billion since fiscal 2008 to Mexico’s drug war, under the so-called “Merida Initiative.” Mexico’s pain shows no signs of easing. The New York Times reported in December that Mexico suffered more than 17,000 homicides in the first 10 months of last year, the highest total since 2012. “The relapse in security has unnerved Mexico and led many to wonder whether the country is on the brink of a bloody, all-out war between criminal groups,” it said.
  4. Also, how do you explain the growth rate of U.S. incarcerations since Nixon began the War on Drugs in 1971? You don't think there is big money involved in prisons?
  5. He won't ask anyone's advice - that's a big part of the problem. But judging by his actions and words, he fully intends to return to the criminalization/prison approach. You know, the method that was a complete failure in the past. Why wouldn't pharma be worried about heroin and meth? They make versions of both, so it is direct competition. There is also real life evidence to suggest that marijuana can be used as a replacement for opioids for pain, so that is a reason for them to be opposed to the legalization of weed, also. Do you have a better explanation as to why Trump wants to step up enforcement of federal laws against legal purveyors of marijuana according to their state law, rather than simply changing the FDA/DEA classification? They would be comparable, except they have spent close to a trillion dollars on the War on Drugs since Nixon signed it into law,
  6. So,,,,, "No, he will not win the War on Drugs."
  7. I believe you said it was "libertarian" drivel, actually, so you dismissed it out of hand...
  8. Ok, now getting back to whether Trump will win the War on Drugs, do you think he will take any steps at all to decriminalize drugs, such as reclassifying marijuana, and recognizing state laws and programs designed to move towards the decriminalization of drugs? Or do you think he will take steps to protect vested interests, such as prisons and the pharmaceutical. industry? Just going off his rhetoric and his choice for a drug czar, I'm guessing he much prefers the latter, and will end up spending a bunch of taxpayer's money, and actually lose ground by continuing on with the brute force/criminalization approach.
  9. You do realize what Kleiman is advocating is based on the HOPE model pioneered by the state of Hawaii?... Do you honestly think the Trump administration will use this model?
  10. On the other hand, he was driving a grey Chevy truck, so the logical course of action might be to outlaw grey Chevy trucks.
  11. Must have been drinking some sort of illegal hooch... (probably smuggled in from Mexico)
  12. You don't even comprehend the question that was posed (as the title of the thread), so why would we expect any more from you? "Can President Trump Win the War on Drugs?" And the simple answer is no, he cannot, Or more accurately, will not even try. But he could definitely initiate some changes to get the process in motion. But he most likely won't. The feds will eventually be forced to go along with changes initiated by the states because the tide of public opinion will be overwhelming. .