Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Narco-industrial complex

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Peninsula readers' letters: May 15

From Daily News Group readers mercurynews.com

Posted: 05/14/2012 05:41:00 PM PDT

May 15, 2012 6:51 AM GMTUpdated: 05/14/2012 11:51:32 PM PDT

Narco-industrial complex

Dear Editor: Nearly five decades ago, in January 1961, President Eisenhower warned in his farewell address about the influence of what he famously called the "military-industrial complex." What we're witnessing now is something new. It's the emergence of a narco-industrial complex: a proliferation of U.S. companies lining up, with congressional support, to obtain public money for anti-drug campaigns overseas.

Foreign aid isn't exactly aid if it has to be spent on U.S. military equipment and weapons. They'd do better to feed and clothe the poor, and that would help to eliminate a lot of the need for such weapons.

Ted Rudow III, MA

Palo Alto

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