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Tag: narcotics trafficking

Feb.
9th

Hoffman’s addiction alone is responsible for his death

“No words for this. He was too great and we’re too shattered.” — Director Mike Nichols.

The above quote is one of many describing the tragic death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the Academy Award-winning actor who died of an apparent heroin overdose last Sunday. The circumstances were a wake-up call for anyone who assumed the days of heroin were long gone.

In fact, this retro drug from the ’90s is not only back, but usage is increasing at an alarming rate. In addition to a four-fold increase in heroin seizures along our southern border,

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Jan.
27th

Training the next drug cartel was a bad idea the first time…

As nations go, the United States is a player. From economic assistance to clandestine coup d’etats to outright warfare, we have a reputation for global intrigue. Sometimes our clever plans work out well.

And sometimes we are just too clever for our own good. For example:

1) Cuba: Our government’s failure to curb American companies, which exploited Cuba for decades, led to the Marxist revolution and anti-American sentiment. We followed this up with the Bay of Pigs fiasco.

2) Iran: The Islamic revolution which overthrew the Shah, a leader whom the U.S. helped install, was the beginning of the bitter

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