A Loose Cannon's Parting Shot

William von Raab rips into Washington's phony war on drugs

Ask any of the President's men about the Bush Administration's commitment to the war on drugs, and -- on the record, at least -- their answers will ring with phrases like "a threat to democracy," "highest priority," "top of our agenda."

"Hot air," scoffs outgoing U.S. Customs Commissioner William von Raab in a departing blast. "We are fighting an uninspired war of attrition. A war of words. The drug issue is not a priority right now. I don't think our Government, either in Congress or the Administration, has the stomach necessary to win this battle."

In his eight years as Customs...

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