When officials insist the something is "not" the case, take out the "not." They are vainly trying to deny a reality that is looming more and more over the walls that they are futilely trying to erect against it. The 1960's were full of such negations: "we are not racist," "we are not losing the War in Vietnam." The Bush years also brought the frequent use of "not."
This blog, for some time, did not post articles annoucing the killing or capture of drug "capos," or drug "busts," that are supposed to "win" the war on drugs. We are convinced that they accomplish nothing. They have nothing to do with the real dynamics of the war - the conflict between U.S. drug demand and U.S. drug prohibition. (See: Dollar vs. Dollar: US Consumers Battle US Taxpayers in Global Drug War)
A series of announcements of the proliferation of drug tunnels - obviously the work of moles who keep on digging - and the concurrent official announcements that, despite this, the moles are "not" winning led us to consider changing our editorial policy. The AP article reporting the DEA assertion that U.S. strategy is "not like Whack-a-Mole" convinced us to do so.