by Don Hazen
far, denial has been one of the fundamental rhetorical strategies of the Bush administration. No matter what the research shows, no matter what intelligent, fair-minded people of all parties might conclude, Bush and Cheney stick to their narrowly defined conservative ideological guns.
For example, despite scientists' warnings about the dangers of global warming, Bush/Cheney refused to adopt the Kyoto Protocal, which would have required the U.S. to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 7 percent by 2012. And despite the proven effectiveness of new technologies in reducing energy demand, Cheney insists the chief way to stave off coming energy shortages is to drill for oil, build hundreds of new power plants and reconsider nuclear energy.
But the area in which Bush/Cheney are probably most at odds with the public is in their nomination of John Walters to director of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy -- or "drug czar." Despite Americans increasingly support for drug war alternatives, Bush has nominated someone who will be more hawkish than General Barry McCaffrey, the Clinton administration drug czar who reigned during the institution of Plan Colombia.
"President Bush has somehow found ... the one guy who's going to be more extremist than Attorney General John Ashcroft when it comes to drug policy," said Ethan Nadleman, director of the Lindesmith Center-Drug Policy Foundation, on CNN. "John Walters has stood very firmly for the proposition that drug policy should have absolutely nothing to do with public health or science or, for that matter, the facts. It's all about punishing people for their sins."
Here are ten reasons the Senate should send John Walters packing during the drug czar confirmation hearings:
To express your opinion about the nomination of John Walters as drug czar, contact your Senators through StopThe DrugWar.org.
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