White House War on Drugs: To Succeed, Dirty Money Banks Must Be Shut Down

In a speech before the Major Cities Police Chiefs Association (MCCA) Winter Conference on Feb. 8 in Washington, Donald Trump announced a major war on drugs, to be directed by Homeland Security Secretary, Gen. (ret.) John Kelly. The next day, he announced a new Task Force, to be headed by the new Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a fierce opponent of Barack Obama’s drug legalization policies, “to focus on destroying transnational criminal organizations and drug cartels.”

This is the first serious call for combating the drug scourge since Lyndon LaRouche coined the term “war on drugs” in 1980. What is missing, however, in his strategy, is the stated commitment to crack down on the international banks that are laundering the drug money, which is the one cash flow keeping the international banking system afloat. In the Executive Order, there is only a brief mention of “corruption, cybercrime, fraud, financial crimes and intellectual property theft…” as activities to be combated, along with the “illegal concealment or transfer of proceeds derived from such illicit activities.”

The identification of the “too-big-to-fail” banks in London and New York as the headquarters of Dope, Inc., will also provide yet another motivation for the immediate re-enactment of Glass-Steagall, to stop the criminal money laundering and speculation which has brought the trans-Atlantic financial system to ruin.

In his speech at the MCCA, Trump emphasized that

“every child in America should be able to play outside without fear, walk home without danger, and attend a school without being worried about drugs or gangs or violence…. So many lives and so many people have been cut short… And so many dreams have been shattered and broken, totally broken..It’s time to stop the drugs from pouring into our country.”

The dimensions of the addiction problem in the United States are truly staggering, though most Europeans may not realize it. There is almost no community or family, which has not been at least indirectly affected by it. Deaths from heroin overdoses tripled in the 2008-2015 period, and the use of opioids (prescription drugs) has again doubled just since 2014. It was estimated in mid 2016 that 2.6 million Americans are addicted to opioids, and the highest rate of abusers is among young adults aged 18-25.

Directly related to that substance abuse is the rise in mental health cases – at at time when hospitals and therapy centers are being cut — and in crime rates. A group of police chiefs at the White House said that 75-80% of all crimes they deal with are drug-related.

Given this tragedy, it is perverse to argue, as the Soros-funded drug legalization lobby does, that “pot” is only recreational and that every person should have the right to decide on his “life style”. Former President Obama was notorious for doing less than nothing to stop drug trafficking, although the problem did not start with him.

As the LaRouche organizations have insisted since the 1980s, the solution is not to lock up single users or small-time traffickers, but to go to the top, and stop the money flows through the major international banks, such as HSBC. Failure to do so could be the Achilles’ heel of the new program.