Friday, January 13, 2006

Connect The Dots

More posts below: I'm getting a week's worth of stuff out of my system. - Matt

While serving on my last ship, we did a Counter-Drug Interdiction deployment. It was, at times, extremely boring, I have to admit. We traversed the Panama Canal six times and stopped just one “go-fast” carrying several tons of uncut cocaine. Percentage-wise, that’s not even a scratch in the amount of drugs being smuggled into the U.S. I’m going to another ship in a few months that will also be a CDOPS deployer. I know this doesn’t get a lot of ink, but, yes, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard are still fighting the War on Drugs.

The War on Drugs! Wasn’t that conveniently forgotten about after the Reagan years, you may ask yourself? Why, no, we’re still fighting it; it’s even become increasingly relevant in the last five years, because terrorist organizations, to a greater or lesser extent depending on the one you’re talking about, fund their operations with drug money and other ill-gotten gains from illegal activity (like human trafficking). Ron Chepesiuk writes at Global Politician:
Drug trafficking, however, is not the only criminal activity in which terrorists and criminals collaborate. Kidnapping, human and contraband smuggling, counterfeiting money and CDs, fraud (credit card, cell phone cloning and identity theft) and even extortion and armed robbery have also been lucrative ways of making money.
Not to mention money laundered through legitimate businesses and charities.
Think about it, money that Americans and Europeans pay to get high and get laid and get cheap labor goes toward undermining our way of life and killing Americans and Europeans. But drugs are just harmless fun, aren’t they? Prostitution is a victimless crime, isn’t it?

This isn’t exactly news. There are GAO and Congressional reports dating back to 1996 here. It pops up in the papers from time to time, but the mainstream press doesn’t care about this when so much nothing from Judge Alito’s confirmation hearing to report. It’s a product of the “story of the week (day, hour, minute, take your pick)” mentality. One day, this will suddenly become that story. Then the MSM will wonder why George Bush hasn’t personally gone down to Colombia and eradicated all the coca himself, and then annex Bolivia.

Anyway, it’s tough keeping the sailors motivated on these CDOPS deployments, we do a lot of loitering and lurking; when I figure out what’s classified and law-enforcement sensitive, I’ll post more about it. It’s reassuring to me to know that we are fighting terrorism on the back-end while the guys on the ground are fighting them on the front-end. Whether or not we’re accomplishing anything is probably a discussion for another day.

Other Drug-Inspired Posts:
People Covered in Fish: Panacea


Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox bloody well said...

Thanks for the link!!

13 January, 2006 23:15  

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