McCaffrey in 1994
|Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy|
February 29, 1996 â€“ January 20, 2001
|Preceded by||Lee Brown|
|Succeeded by||Ed Jurith (Acting)|
|Born||Barry Richard McCaffrey
November 17, 1942
Taunton, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Alma mater||United States Military Academy
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1964â€“1996|
|Commands||24th Infantry Division
U.S. Southern Command
So at the end of the day, our number 1 goal, our top priority, is to motivate American youngsters to reject the abuse of illegal drugs, tobacco and alcohol. All three of them are illegal behaviors.
I'm a professor of national security studies, and I know a lot more about fighting than Rumsfeld does.
The United States and Mexico are trapped – economically, culturally, politically and because of drug crime – in the same continent.
We have 1.8 million Americans behind bars today at Local, State and Federal level. In the federal system, which has doubled in the last ten years, over 110,000 people behind bars in the Federal system, probably two-thirds are there for drug related reason.
What happened? The Country got sick of it and said, Enough is enough. And all over the Country we saw springing up community organizations determined to do something about this terrible menace of drugs.
Colombia is in a risky position. They've got a peace process that's going nowhere, and a drug production problem that's skyrocketing.
Thank God we're going to try to continue and effectively defend our frontiers with the Border Patrol, with the Customs Department, with the Coast Guard, with the Armed Forces.
If you want to fight a war on drugs, sit down at your own kitchen table and talk to your own children.