Remarks at a White House
Meeting for the
Well, I know you've traveled far, but I believe that our meeting will bring us closer to overcoming one of the most serious challenges our country faces. And as you know by now, because I know you've been hearing from others, we're waging a battle against an enemy as insidious as any in our history. Illegal drugs have infiltrated our schools, invaded our factories, are terrorizing our citizens, and undercutting our institutions.
encouraged by the progress that we've made since we began 5 years ago, but
there's still a lot to do. Yesterday I know Don Regan [Assistant to the
President and Chief of Staff] described to you the six goals of our national
crusade to lead us toward a drug-free
the narco traffickers endanger our national security
by weakening the authority of friendly governments and spewing a trail of
terrorism, violence, and corruption. We've seen tragic evidence of that here in
of you've been at the forefront of this change, and I recognize the dangers you
face and am proud of the work that you've done. We
have to build on that progress. And we must convey to the rest of the world a
sense of our own commitment to win this battle against drugs. So, I'm asking you to take our message back with you. To the leaders
of the various nations I'm sending a personal message through with you. We will
not tolerate the use or the supply of illegal drugs anyplace, anytime. We mean
to have a drug-free country, and we mean business. And I ask each of you to
ensure that the fight against illegal drugs is a priority of your mission. Let
there be no doubt that the priority is real. We'll be doing our part here at
home, and I hope that you'll seek every opportunity to give visibility to
And finally, we must offer a helping hand. Although each country has the responsibility, both to its own people and as international citizens to eradicate this evil within its own boundaries, no one country can win this battle alone. We want all nations to join with us in this and make it a global crusade. And when we stand together united and committed to this cause, I think we represent a powerful force for humanity. And when that happens, there'll be no sanctuary on Earth for those who were pilfering human dignity and pandering despair. So, I'm counting on all of you, and I'm looking forward to hearing your views now. Maybe you've heard enough from all of us at this side.
The President spoke at in the Cabinet Room at
the White House.