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Gratitude Certain
I see that I may have to take over drug policy for the United States. Maybe not, though. I’ll hold off if I get a call from Michelle Leonhart, who runs the Drug Enforcement Administration, asking me how she ought to do her job, and what she ought to think about Mexico, and what is... Read More
Notes From an Unknown Planet
I read with horror that Hillary Clinton, posing as the Secretary of State, has been in Mexico talking with Felipe Calderon, Mexico’s president, about “the problem of drugs.” Horror is the reasonable response whenever an American official is allowed to pass beyond the beltway. Or stay within it. They never know what they are doing.... Read More
Bobby Socks And Psilocybin
Iwish someone would explain to me the War On Drugs, or at least why we think thereis one. I grant that I'm just a country boy, and intellectually barefoot, andcan't understand things that don't make sense. For that you have to go to Yale.Help me. As the newspapers tell it, drugs are somebody else's fault.... Read More
They're Too Important
Manzanillo, Mexico - Listening to the radio here the other day, I encountered a journalist who has spent the last couple of years investigating the drug racket hereabouts. I had never heard of the guy before and can't vouch for the accuracy of his information. He made some interesting points. For starters, he calculates (how,... Read More
Is There One?
What, when you get down to it, do we do about drugs? For decades we have been grinding away at the dope trade, spending hugely, putting appalling numbers of users and dealers in prison, increasing the powers of the federal police. What have we gotten for it? Not much. Your daughters, at age fifteen, unless... Read More
The More It Changes, The More It Doesn't
The relevant question is: What good does it do to keep non-violent users of drugs in prison? Does imprisonment do anything for them? Does it do anything for us? If so, what? At about $20,000 a year per addict, the usual figure for the cost of incarceration, keeping penny-ante druggies in the slam gets expensive.... Read More
Another Approach That Won't Work
Recently I was talking to a friend with many decades of experience in several areas of law enforcement. It wasn't an interview, just two guys chewing the fat. The subject of drugs came up, and of what to do about them. His solution, which he regarded as the least of several evils, was to build... Read More
Fred Reed
About Fred Reed

Fred, a keyboard mercenary with a disorganized past, has worked on staff for Army Times, The Washingtonian, Soldier of Fortune, Federal Computer Week, and The Washington Times.

He has been published in Playboy, Soldier of Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Harper's, National Review, Signal, Air&Space, and suchlike. He has worked as a police writer, technology editor, military specialist, and authority on mercenary soldiers.

Personal Classics
Not What Tom Jefferson Had in Mind
Sounds Like A Low-Ranked American University To Me
Very Long, Will Bore Hell Out Of Most People, But I Felt Like Doing It
It's Not A Job. It's An Adventure.
Cloudy, With Possible Tidal Wave