Legalizing drugs would simultaneously undercut objectionable groups around the world from Afghanistan to Peru.
The bottom would fall out of the markets. Of course we would then be financing intl pharma companies. But at least they are more susceptible to regulation and taxes.
But the $bil if not $tril that got to violent groups around the world via drug trade is not a good thing.
I may be wrong.
Wow. Am I awesome or what?
Troops + border + mistake == war is an all too easy equation to fathom.
Also, if the military gets co-opted by the cartels to the degree that the police have been, then there is real cause for concern when it comes to interdicting the flow of drugs into the country. That's a scenario that leads to the War on Drugs becoming a shooting war with Mexico in a big hurry.
When Pancho Villa was tearing up the Mexican countryside in the 1910s, the US finally said enough to his occasional incursions into the US and sent a force under Pershing into Mexico to put a stop to it. I have no desire to see that bit of history repeat itself.