By: Jon Walker Tuesday February 28, 2012 9:29 am

In defiance of all evidence Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is claiming that the incredibly deadly war on drugs in Mexico has not been a failure. From CNN:

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U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said Monday that the war on drugs in Mexico “is not a failure.”

At a press conference in Mexico City after meeting Mexican Interior Minister Alejandro Poire, Napolitano called the drug policies of both Mexico and the United States “a continuing effort to keep our peoples from becoming addicted to dangerous drugs.”

The ongoing drug war in Mexico has for years been incredibly bloody, destructive and deadly. According to official sources nearly 50,000 people in Mexico have been killed as a result of drug war related violence since 2006, and the actually total is likely much higher. Political assassinations by cartels have been common as a means to undermine law enforcement and basic local democratic governance. The fight in Mexico is also causing these criminal organizations to expand into neighboring countries. Yet the cartels still remain extremely profitable and powerful with their leaders at large.

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At the same time it would be hard to find any convincing proof that this deadly war has had any serious impact on drug use or availability in the United State. The stated goal of Napolitano of keeping Americans away form “dangerous drugs” has not been achieved by the conflict.

If 50,000 dead and no real improvement somehow qualify as a success, according to the Obama administration, I shudder to think how much collateral damage the administration is willing to accept before they would consider something a failure.