A Pan-American summit has ended in discord here as regional leaders failed to agree on Cuba’s inclusion in future summits in the face of U.S. and Canadian opposition.U.S. President Barack Obama, who defended his stance on Havana at a post-summit press conference, also faced questions on Washington’s approach to the drug war and found himself on the defensive over an embarrassing Secret Service prostitution scandal.
This is downright shameful, and continuing evidence of America’s thuggery when it comes to Latin America.
The embargo of Cuba for being a non-democratic, communist state seems to forget that our largest trading partner is a non-democratic, communist state!
The drug war is, by any measure, a complete and utter failure, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of individuals in the hemisphere. Whether it is to appease old voters or to continue to support a huge prison industrial complex and its lobbyists, Obama continues to carry the water for one side in this war, a side he went to late in his life, if he can be believed. The indirect costs of our drug policies are incredibly hard to measure, but measured they have been:
More than 300 economists, including three nobel laureates, have signed a petitioncalling attention to the findings of a paper by Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron, which suggests that if the government legalized marijuana it would save $7.7 billionannually by not having to enforce the current prohibition on the drug. The report added that legalization would save an additional $6 billion per year if the government taxed marijuana at rates similar to alcohol and tobacco.
The Secret Service scandal was just icing on the cake, and perhaps ended up shielding the American government from criticism about actual policy, not just praetorian guards run amok. However it is without a doubt a sign of the times that the SS is involved with prostitution while the General Services Administration also runs their “arrogant” and extravagant parties. Corruption is rampant.