Speaking at the funeral of slain ICE agent Jaime Zapata, Eric Holder said:
"We will win this struggle," Holder vowed. "This is my pledge to you."
"He was working to help our neighbors and allies in Mexico," Holder said. "We must, and we will, eradicate the scourge that claimed his life."
Of course, as Holder must know, there will be no eradication, neither of organized crime nor of drugs. It was surely an emotional moment, and words in a eulogy shouldn't be confused with government policy, yet the spirit expressed above is pretty common when US officials address the drug trade. And it reflects zero understanding of the reality of the past 30 years.