Ceasefire in the war on drugs?

Like those generals who used to discover that nuclear weapons were not a good thing about 20 minutes after they took off their uniforms and started collecting their pensions, we have had a parade of former presidents who knew that the war on drugs was a bad thing—but only mentioned it after they became ex-presidents. Now, at last, we have one who is saying it out loud while he is still in office.

Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 11/23/2011 12:00 am EST

Like those generals who used to discover that nuclear weapons were not a good thing about 20 minutes after they took off their uniforms and started collecting their pensions, we have had a parade of former presidents who knew that the war on drugs was a bad thing—but only mentioned it after they became ex-presidents. Now, at last, we have one who is saying it out loud while he is still in office.

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