War on Drugs–A Threat to National Security?

Mexico's President Calderon speaking last month in DC


News from last month’s Cartagena leadership summit attended by President Obama and other hemispheric leaders was almost completely overshadowed by the ensuing Secret Service prostitute scandal.  Unfortunately, almost no news emerged about the substantive content of the talks.  This included a major focus on the “war on drugs” and the need seen by many to reevaluate our strategies for dealing with the drug cartels and subsequent violence associated with them.  In those discussions numerous Latin American leaders spoke frankly that the US- orchestrated war is failing and sweeping changes need to be considered. Continue reading