The House Appropriations Committee this morning is marking up the FY2013 State, Foreign Operations, and Other Programs bill. Some cuts are proposed, and yet much stays the same. The so-called Drug War, to cite one example, will continue unabated, as the following committee statement indicates:
The Committee recommendation restores reductions proposed in the request for key countries in Latin America. The Committee believes it is critical to continue robust support for counternarcotics and law enforcement efforts, as well as assistance for rule of law and judicial reform activities in Mexico, Colombia, Central America, and the Caribbean to fight drug trafficking and violent crime before it reaches the borders of the United States. The security and stability of these neighbors directly affects the United States.
Taking away opportunities for the murderous drug lords across the hemisphere (i.e.: decriminalization of drugs) is not an option on the table. More multi-billion counternarcotics operations contracts on the horizon.
To view the hearing, go to the committee website.