This Former White House Official Says We Should Continue War on Drugs Because Giving Up Isn't 'American'

While many people are starting to see the War on Drugs is a disaster, there are still people who defend continuing to prevent illegal drugs from hitting the streets. But one former Bush official has made possibly the worst argument for continuing the War on Drugs.

Paul Chabot is a former official for Navy Intelligence in both the Clinton and Bush administrations. In an interview with John Stossel, Chabot defended continuing the War on Drugs because Americans don't give up. Here's what he said when Stossel said the War on Drugs has been a failure:

"Just because something doesn't work doesn't mean that we end it...doesn't mean we quit," Chabot said. 

Then Stossel said since it's doing more harm than good, shouldn't we stop doing it. Here was Chabot's reply:

"No, because then we give up. And that's not American."

So the War on Drugs isn't working, and is possibly doing more harm than good, but we should continue doing it because quitting isn't American. How on earth is that a legitimate argument to continuing the War on Drugs? At least people who push the War on Drugs pretend that it's at least somewhat successful. Chabot's basically like, "Yeah, it's a horrible thing and harming tons of people, but we can't look like wimps!"

We're still not learning any of the lessons from Vietnam, are we?

(h/t Reason)


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