Conclusions and Consequences Abroad

Source: EconLog
by Tarnell Brown

“In 1996, Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control Chuck Grassley testified that a recent poll revealed that eighty percent of Americans viewed as their primary foreign policy concern the stopping of illegal drugs being trafficked into the United States. The Senator was responding to his own concerns that by elevating the importance of treatment, the Clinton Administration was not committed to the long-standing policy of aggressive interdiction as a guarantor of national security. The United States was at the time, and remains the world’s largest market for illegal drugs, with much of the supply coming from foreign nations such as Mexico, Afghanistan, Columbia, Peru, and China. … While such foreign policy often enjoys broad support domestically, it has had a profound negative impact on the nations involved at the other end.” (05/27/24)