Two top military officials suggested at a congressional hearing Tuesday that the push by many U.S. states to legalize marijuana has rattled the confidence of some of America’s closest allies in the war on drugs.Kelly is Donald Trump's choice to head the Department of Homeland Security.
Countries like Colombia and Nicaragua are “confused by the signals that our legalization sends, and when they’re investing so much in resources and blood they have to question that,” said Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., the head of the U.S. Coast Guard.
“The word hypocrite comes into the conversation,” added Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, the head of the U.S. Southern Command, which coordinates military operations in the Caribbean and Latin America. “We seemingly are not caring about drugs anymore.”...
Last month, Kelly claimed at a Senate hearing that budget cuts had effectively forced him to “simply sit and watch” as drug traffickers went about their business. He also said at the time that Latin American leaders were “in disbelief” about the marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado, and wanted to “stay shoulder to shoulder with us in the drug fight in their part of the world.”...
Kelly also said at the hearing that Latin American partners are concerned not only about pot, but what they see as “a general lack of enforcement in getting after some of these other drugs.”
You are absolutely in denial if you think things are going to get better under Trump on either the domestic or foreign policy front.
Trump is putting into place near Banana Republic authoritarians.