In a new documentary aimed at bringing to light the utter failure of the global War on Dugs(available for free online) called Breaking the Taboo, President Clinton (who is one of the many former and current world leaders being interviewed in this film)admits to the glaring short comings in the American Drug Policy.
“What I tried to do was to focus on every aspect of the problem. I tried to empower the Colombians for example to do more militarily and police-wise because I thought that they had to. Thirty percent of their country was in the hands of the narcotraffickers,” says the silver haired Clinton.
“…if the expected results was that we would eliminate serious drug use in America and eliminate the narcotrafficking networks — it hasn’t worked.”
Former President Carter, continuing his never ending tour to try and rehab that failed presidency image he is mired with, also pitched his two cents in the film, stating:
“When I was president, we had the same problems with drug production and distribution and consumption that we presently face. We tried as best as we could to minimize the emphasis on our criminal punishment, and I made a major statement to the Congress asking for changes in the law… President Reagan and his wife [Nancy] adopted the drug program as the No. 1 issue for her to proclaim. She had a phrase: Just say, ‘No’. She made it clear that her prohibition against drugs included marijuana and everything else. So I don’t think that there’s any doubt that President Reagan made a profound impact then on the consciousness of our country, and I think that he also shaped the opinion of many members of our Congress.”
The documentary, directed by filmmaker Sam Branson, premiered Thursday of this past week at Google’s New York headquarters and is available for free online at breakingthetaboo.info.