Tuesday, February 24, 2009

So does anyone listen to ex Latin American presidents?

Am I only one who wondered why Presidents Cardoso, Gaviria, and Zedillo waited about two weeks to publish their Wall Street Journal Op-Ed? Normally when you publish an eye-grabbing report that says the drug war is a failure and legalization is an option, you go straight to the media instead of waiting.

I can think of two scenarios. The first is that they wanted to make the story more "sticky" with more than one announcement about it.

The second is that they felt their original announcement of the report flopped, so desperately wanted to try again.

I hope I am wrong, but have the feeling it is more about the second.

4 comments:

boz 12:18 PM  

Could just be the WSJ took their sweet time in publishing the op-ed. Nothing like submitting a potential op-ed and having them say, "We want to publish it as soon as we have room" and then having to wait a few weeks.

Greg Weeks 1:11 PM  

That would seem overboard even for the WSJ editors.

Justin Delacour 3:04 PM  

Normally when you publish an eye-grabbing report that says the drug war is a failure and legalization is an option, you go straight to the media instead of waiting.

The reason it's not particularly "eye-grabbing" is that the report has no propaganda value. It doesn't further the interests of the U.S. foreign policy establishment to say that one of its key pretexts for intervention abroad is a farce.

Now if these these three former presidents drafted a plan for isolating Hugo Chavez, the U.S. media would be on that like fly on shit. But this report has no such propaganda value, so we're not gonna hear a lot about it.

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