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The U.S. should own up to its share of the bloodshed in the drug war

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On June 11, Christopher Landau, President Trump’s former ambassador to Mexico, published an opinion piece on Mexico’s “losing strategy” in the war on drugs. It is an expansive indictment. Landau explains how successive Mexican governments have failed to stop the flow of narcotics to the United States. While he acknowledges the importance of capturing the leaders of Mexico’s various criminal organizations, he worries the country’s “law enforcement and judicial institutions” are ill-suited to the task. He is also not sure the strategy is all that sensible. “Most of these organizations have lieutenants willing to take the leader’s place,” he writes.

Landau then ventures a few ideas to address the crisis: U.S. schools should develop new drug awareness programs, while law enforcement should focus on drug dealing inside the United States. In the last few lines of his piece, Landau briefly comes to the issue of guns. Given his experience as both a lawyer and (albeit fleetingly) a diplomat, one would expect him to push for sensible gun legislation. Unfortunately, he does not. Rather than step on........

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