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This article was originally published on www.technorati.com.

As part of the “Fast and Furious” operation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) sold at least 2,000 high-powered weapons knowing they were being trafficked to Mexican drug cartels.

Now, the Mexican magazine Emeequis published documents alleging the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) laundered millions of dollars for a Mexican drug trafficker and his Columbian cocaine supplier.

ATF lost track of the guns after they were sold, and the DEA lost track of the money after it was laundered. Instead of giving drug gangs money and guns as part of some incompetent attempt to build a case against them, maybe we should just openly compete and put them out of business. This could be just the new business opportunity our nation needs to get back on its feet. We could become the world’s illegal drug supplier.

Britain did it in the nineteenth century, and they fought two Opium Wars with China to protect their right to sell them illegal drugs so there’s already a precedent here.

According to the Department Of Defense’s 2010 Base Structure Report, the U.S. military maintains 662 foreign sites in 38 countries around the world. We also have Special Forces in another 37 countries. We have a distribution network and the men to protect it, and I’m sure we already have enough seized drugs to supply our new organization until we can get production up and running.

We’re already selling guns, laundering money and killing civilians around the globe. We should just make that short jump to becoming a full-fledged criminal enterprise. Does it really seem that much different than what we’re already doing?