NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton released a new book Tuesday that claims the Obama administration was deliberately harming Americans with its drug policies and “trying to turn the US into the world’s drug kingpin.”
Clinton, a former secretary of state, is the author of “Huckabee’s America: How Obama and the Democrats Cornered the White House,” which was published Tuesday by Simon & Schuster.
The book, which will be available in print and e-book formats, says the administration’s War on Drugs has killed thousands of Americans and helped fund the spread of the Zika virus.
Clinton said the War on Terror has “taken the nation backwards” and “turned the U.S. into a global drug kingpins paradise.”
“We need to get back to the core of what makes America great: Our ability to protect our families, our communities and our planet,” Clinton wrote.
Clinton is one of the leading Democrats who have said the drug war is hurting Americans.
In the book, she also says the government is using the drug War on Poverty to “piggyback” on social and economic issues that are more critical to the middle class.
Clinton, who is expected to announce her run for president later this month, said in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday that the War On Poverty “has been a major driver of economic inequality in this country and in the world.”
The book also includes a chapter about the drug industry and includes a section on the Bush administration’s “War on Drugs.”
The Bush administration fought the war on drugs from its inception in the early 1990s, arguing that it would help crack down on drugs like cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.
In fact, in one year in 1992, the administration spent $7 billion on the WarOnDrugs, according to The AP.
“This war has destroyed tens of millions of lives and has left more than a trillion dollars in debt.
It has created an economic crisis for working families, a culture of fear, and a system that has let powerful drug cartels grow and flourish,” Clinton said.
The drug war has been a “brave, patriotic crusade,” Clinton told the AP.
It’s “not just the drug cartels.
It is the drug-crazed, drug-using rich.
And it is a culture that encourages the killing of people for drugs.”
Clinton said she wants to “reopen” the drug policy debate and is “tentatively” considering a presidential run.
The former secretary said she’s worried about “a society that is becoming more and more dangerous” and believes “we are in a time when we need to rethink our drug policies.”
“I’ve been very clear about the fact that we’re not going to get there overnight, but I have a plan that I think is bold and achievable,” Clinton added.
“And if we can get it done, I think it will be a big step in the right direction.”
Clinton also made clear in her book that she believes the U!
has “made great strides” since the War.
The authors say the drug laws in the United States are being changed “at an unprecedented pace,” with a new generation of politicians, activists and activists “uniting behind these reforms” and leading the way.
Clinton also said she is hopeful that a “more comprehensive strategy” is being implemented to end the drug wars and make the country safer.
“There’s a lot of room for improvement in our drug laws, and I think that’s the real difference between me and the other candidates,” Clinton, 75, said.
“It is true that our laws are changing and that more people are coming into our communities to buy drugs.
But it’s also true that these are changes that can be made without changing our entire approach to drugs.”