Bill Clinton admits anti-drug efforts did not work
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – A new documentary shows former President Bill Clinton saying that his administration’s attempt to quell Colombian drug trafficking “hasn’t worked.”
The former president made the remark in his appearance in the new film released on Friday “Breaking the Taboo” where he joined actor Morgan Freeman and former President Jimmy Carter.
In filmmaker’s Sam Branson’s new documentary, Clinton admitted that they wanted to eliminate serious drug use in the U.S. and dismantle the narcotrafficking networks, but their efforts did not work out well.
In the film, which is freely available online, Clinton said that his administration tried to focus on each aspect of the problem and empowered the Colombian military and police to better tackle the matter in a country where 30 per cent was in the hands of the narcotraffickers.
The film, which is directed by Fernando Grostein Andrade, shows an in-depth look at the policies and impact of the war against drugs. The movie concluded that the efforts to curtail the drug problem have not solved it but in fact worsened the situation.
The documentary was filmed prior to the vote by Colorado and Washington on legalizing recreational marijuana, but its release comes at a time when several officials like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have expressed criticism of its legalization. The Office of Drug Control Policy declined to make an appearance in the documentary.