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No Protests for Fetty Wap

• by Jacob G. Hornberger

Why feel sorry for Maxwell? Because from what I can tell, no one is protesting his incarceration.

But wait a minute! A nine-year jail sentence is what a Russian court recently meted out to U.S. basketball star Brittney Garner after she pled guilty to drug charges in Russia. Griner's sentence generated all sorts of protests from U.S. officials and their acolytes in the U.S. mainstream media. They called Griner a "political hostage" and demanded that Russia release her immediately, notwithstanding the fact that she pled guilty to the drug charges, just like Maxwell just did.

From what I can tell, there has not been the same outrage over the federal treatment of Maxwell. Not one U.S. official, op-ed writer, or editorial board has called him a "political hostage" and demanded his immediate release from federal custody. 

What's up with that? Why do U.S. officials and the U.S. mainstream press get upset when the Russian government enforces drug laws but seem overly pleased when the U.S. government enforces drug laws.

Of course, they might be said that one big difference in the two cases was that Griner had only a small possession of marijuana while Maxwell was distributing more than 100 kilograms of narcotics, including cocaine, heroin, and fetanyl.

But don't U.S. officials and the mainstream press always remind us that when it comes to drug laws, the law is the law? Russia's drug laws obviously permit a sentence of 9 years when it comes to marijuana possession. So, given the U.S. government's devotion to the drug war, how can they really complain when another regime is enforcing its drug laws in the way it deems fit?