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We've seen it happen in the military, but this phenomenon is not exclusive to any arm of government. Government's tendency is, as always, to grow, and this bureaucracy is no exception.
This is also more proof that any notion of a "humble" American foreign presence is patently absurd. If one of our missions is to control illegal drugs domestically, we operate in foreign nations in order to enforce that strategy. This, of course, raises the question: Would we tolerate another nation doing the same here?
More to the point, though, is that the war on drugs has become an end unto itself, divorced from a larger purpose.
Ultimately, we should ask ourselves: Is this working?
While illegal drugs have obviously done a tremendous amount of damage to the lives of countless Americans, the prohibition of drugs, it seems, has caused even more problems. The unintended consequence of the war on drugs has been the creation of a violent black market, with -- as this latest leak makes clear -- serious international implications.
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