Durbin: American Drug Habit Fuels War In Mexico

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Mexican government says the war with drug cartels left 13,000 people dead through September of last year, meaning the war has killed almost 50,000 people in the last five years.

As WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody has reports U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says the drug war in Mexico is being fueled by the U.S. appetite for drugs.

“It is our consumption of these narcotics that is creating this lucrative opportunity that they’re willing to die for,” Durbin said.

Durbin says money and guns exported from the U.S. fuel the Mexican conflict with the cartels, which has taken 50,000 lives in the last five years.

He says drug war has effectively destabilized the government in portions of Mexico.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports

  • southside

    This might be the first thing Durbin has said that makes some sense. I am stunned that he didn’t follow it up with some big-government program to make illegal drugs free to stop the cartels.

    • OLD VET


  • Captain America

    so why don’t we make it legal, sell in storre, over 21, to buy….then the dea can really go after the coke,meth dealers and pound them, the weed is just a extra cash cow…..want to hurt poncho,…take the money out of the system, and poncho goes back and gets his shoe shine kit.

  • Me

    Talk about stating the obvious Mr Senator…..

  • Malcolm Kyle

    Are you an international criminal? And are you wondering if it’s wise to maintain your affiliation to any one of the estimated sixteen currently-active Mexican Drug Cartels? Maybe you should consider the following information very carefully:

    As a gesture of good will vis-a-vis cross-border relations, key members of the American Federal Government have recently pledged a solemn oath, declaring their commitment to encouraging people like yourself to increase performance and productivity. In particular, the United States Department of Justice will guarantee that you achieve a respectable level of technology in both military grade weapons and equipment while actively facilitating the laundering of that swirling cascade of cash that a business like yours invariably and continually generates.

    Still not convinced that during prohibition the phenomenal benefits of remaining an international drug criminal far outweigh the remotely possible, negative consequences? Here’s another recent DOJ announcement, and this time written personally by their principal corporate attorney whose main priority at the moment is to avoid being tried for treason, gun-running, racketeering and murder:

    “For nearly three years, I have been privileged to work closely with many of the most ruthless organizations to the south of our border. I am extremely proud of our record of abuse, fraud, waste, misconduct, and treason and I pledge a continuation of all such policies that will further weaken our national security and compromise all honest efforts of law enforcement.”
    – Attorney General Holder.

    Must we wait for a complete economic collapse to regain our unalienable­ rights?
    Maybe it’s high time we all stood up and told our government that we’re pooped at being beaten and jailed in order that unconscionable Transnational Corporations, and their Media Enablers, can continue to abuse, addict and poison us for obscene profits.

    “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”
    – Friedrich Nietzsche

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  • EA

    Thank you Captain Obvious. Humans have been getting high since the dawn of time, what makes you think a War in Mexico is going to suddenly stop that? Legalize them already.

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