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      CENTER OF GRAVITY

1. AFTER 40 YEARS, THE UNITED STATES WAR ON DRUGS HAS COST 1 TRILLION DOLLARS AND YET U.S. DRUG CZAR GIL KERLIKOWSKE CONCEDES OUR ENFORCEMENT STRATEGY HAS NOT WORKED.

  • PERU IS THE WORLD'S LARGEST PRODUCER OF COCAINE WITH ABOUT 65,000 HECTARES DEDICATED TO ILLEGAL COCA PRODUCTION ENABLING PERU TO PRODUCE 325 METRIC TONS OF PURE COCAINE YEARLY.

  • EUROPE'S COCAINE MARKET IS ESTIMATED TO BE WORTH $33 BILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY WHICH RIVALS THE U.S. MARKET.

  • AFGHANISTAN PRODUCES 90% OF THE WORLD'S OPIUM. OPIUM PRODUCTION ACTUALLY ROSE BY AN ESTIMATED 61% IN 2011 COMPARED WITH 2010 WHILE THE PER HECTARE PRICE OF OPIUM HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED TO $12,000.

  • ANALYSTS SAY THAT REVENUE FROM OPIUM HELPS FUND THE TALIBAN. IN THE ELEVEN YEARS AMERICAN TROOPS HAVE BEEN FIGHTING IN AFGHANISTAN 2,000 HAVE BEEN KILLED, 16,000 WOUNDED AND THE WAR HAS COST THE U.S. $450 BILLION DOLLARS.

  • DECLARING THAT THE WEST HAS LOST ITS WAR AGAINST OPIUM, U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL BAN-KI MOON SAID "TIME IS NOT ON OUR SIDE."

  • THREE WEEKS AFTER THE ATTACK ON SEPTEMBER 11, IN A JOINT U.S. BRITISH NEWS CONFERENCE PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR SAID "THE ARMS THE TALIBAN ARE BUYING TODAY ARE PAID FOR BY THE LIVES OF YOUNG BRITISH PEOPLE BUYING THEIR DRUGS ON BRITISH STREETS. THIS IS ANOTHER PART OF THEIR REGIME WE SHOULD SEEK TO DESTROY." SO FAR THE CONFLICT HAS COST THE LIVES OF 400 BRITISH TROOPS. SUCH HAS BEEN THE FAILURE TO COMBAT THE PROBLEM THAT MORE THAN 90% OF THE HEROIN SOLD ON BRITAINS STREETS IS STILL MADE USING OPIUM FROM AFGHANISTAN. SOME 15% OF AFGHANISTANS GROSS NATIONAL PRODUCT NOW COMES FROM DRUG RELATED EXPORTS.

  • ANALYSTS ESTIMATE THAT WHOLESALE EARNINGS FROM ILLICIT DRUG SALES IN MEXICO RANGE FROM $14 BILLION TO AS HIGH AS $50 BILLION ANNUALLY. IN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 2011 13,000 MEXICANS WERE KILLED IN DRUG RELATED VIOLENCE.

  • HERE AT HOME IT ISNT REALLY POSSIBLE TO ACCURATELY ESTIMATE THE COST OF DRUG ABUSE IN TERMS OF LIVES RUINED, DIMINISHED CAPACITY AND LOST DREAMS. IT IS OFTENTIMES HARD TO SEE THE DAMAGE THAT DRUGS CAUSE TO FAMILIES, THE MEDICAL SYSTEM, THE ENVIRONMENT, INNOCENT KIDS, FOLKS CAUGHT IN THE CROSS FIRE, BABIES BORN TO CRACK MOMS, VICTIMS OF TERRORISTS AND GANG VILOENCE, THESE DEVASTATING ACTS ARE FINANCED BY DRUG PROFITS.

  • THE USMC WAR COLLEGE DEFINES OCENTER OF GRAVITY AS THE SOURCE OF POWER THAT CREATES A CRITICAL CAPABILITY THAT ALLOWS AN ENTITY TO ACCOMPLISH A TASK OR PURPOSE.

  • RECOMMENDED TO ME WHILE LEADING OPERATION SNOWCAP 25 YEARS AGO THE USMC WAR FIGHTING CENTER IDENTIFIED TO ME THE DRUG CARTELS CRITICAL VULNERABILITY AS THEIR OPIUM AND COCA FIELDS. AFTER AN EXHAUSTIVE STUDY. THE WAR FIGHTING CENTER ESTIMATED THAT OUR MILITARY COULD DESTROY ALL THE MAJOR COCA FIELDS IN PERU IN 60 DAYS. ALTHOUGH NOT PART OF THE STUDY IM CERTAIN THE SAME DESTRUCTION CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED IN AFFHANISTAN.

  • CLAUSEWITZ DESCRIBED THE NECESSITY OF A DECISIVE ACT TO EFFECTIVELY CAUSE THE ELIMINATION OF YOUR OPPONENTS OPERATIONAL OR TACTICAL "CENTER OF GRAVITY."

  • OUR DEA ADMINISTRATOR WOULD FULFILL THIS THEORY BY APPEARING IN FRONT OF CONGRESS AND DEMANDING CONGRESS DIRECT OUR MILITARY TO DESTROY THE DRUG FIELDS IN PERU AND AFGHANISTAN.

  • AS WE LEARNED AS YOUNG PARATROOPERS IN THE CRUCIBLE OF CLOSE QUARTER BATTLE IN VIETNAM NEVER PUT YOUR OWN PERSONAL ADVANCEMENT AND WELL BEING AHEAD OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THE MISSION AND TAKING CARE OF YOUR MEN.

  • OUR ADMINISTRATOR SHOULD SHOW MORAL COURAGE AND ACT DECISIVELY BY TELLING CONGRESS THAT IF THE DRUG FIELDS ARE NOT DESTROYED WITHIN 90 DAYS SHE WILL RESIGN AS ADMINISTRATOR OF THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION.

  • A SPEECH TO BE DELIVERED THE DAY HE WAS KILLED IN DALLAS JFK HAD WRITTEN: "IF WE ARE STRONG, OUR CHARACTER SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. IF WE ARE WEAK, WORDS WILL BE OF LITTLE HELP."

    SEMPER FI
    FRANK WHITE


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