As happy as I am that 20 tons of cocaine are now off the street, and thankfully in the hands of the Coast Guard, rather than Mexican officials, I've got mixed feelings on the whole thing.
I heard on the radio it was $500,000,000.00 worth of cocaine. Awesome right? Yes and no. Yes, because there are less drugs on the street. No, because the drugs on the street just got a lot more expensive and desirable, and consequently more worth fighting for.
I'm not supporting the legalization of cocaine, which in my opinion is one of the worst drugs known to man, but I fail to see any measurable success in the taking down the drug trade altogether. You don't win by cutting supply, you win by cutting demand. The less supply, the more demand, which drives the creation of more cocaine enterprises. It's like the band-aid is feeding the infection. But it's not like we can legalize it to reduce demand. Once you make cocaine cheap, you expose millions more who are willing to "try anything once," to a devastatingly addictive behavior. That would be social suicide for any government.
I don't pretend to know the answer, and I don't believe any government can annihilate the cocaine industry. But maybe the "war on drugs" should be more focused on reducing demand.