Pay close attention to the video below, and you will see a career cop who has risen through the ranks of the Drug Enforcement Administration, acting like she stepped outside to smoke a joint or two before she went in to answer some questions before Congress.
Her name is Michele Leonhart (and I was just kidding about the joint). She got her start in law enforcement as a cop in Baltimore. She’s a DEA holdover from the administration of President George W. Bush.
It’s possible that Bush regarded her as brilliant, and that might actually be true, comparatively. But for the administrator of a $2 billion, 10,000-employee narcotics-fighting agency, she doesn’t seem to know jack about the relative dangers of illegal (or legal) drugs.
She can’t even answer a simple question about whether methamphetamine is a more dangerous or addictive drug than marijuana.
Really? She doesn’t know the answer to that question? Most third-graders who have been through DARE do.
(She is incorrect that all Schedule I drugs are addictive, by the way).
Why isn’t she just candid? Why doesn’t she say, “For God’s sake, congressman, everybody knows that methamphetamine is more dangerous. Everybody knows that crack is more addictive. Everyone knows that heroin is, too.”
At the worst, Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., was setting her up to ask, “Then why are you still enforcing laws against pot?” And in that case, she could have said, “Because Congress has elected to keep it illegal.”
That’s as bad as it could have been for her. Now she has made it worse, by trying to be clever.
Obama should get rid of Leonhart and find someone to run the DEA who knows a little bit more about the substances the agency is supposed to be fighting.