By Jeb Bladine • President / Publisher • 

Bladine: Chemical weapons kill 70K Americans

Suppose that militarized crime syndicates in Mexico are manufacturing chemical weapons for delivery to launch points in the United States, where they are deployed to kill an estimated 70,000 Americans per year.

Would we use all necessary forces to close the border? Would we consider a military invasion to stop the flow of those weapons?

Apparently not, because that scenario is happening today with the criminal influx of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. As per the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration:

“Fentanyl is driving the nationwide overdose epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in the 12-month period ending in October 2021, more than 105,000 Americans died of drug overdoses, with 66 percent of those deaths related to synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Last year, the United States suffered more fentanyl-related deaths than gun- and auto-related deaths combined.”

The CDC describes fentanyl as a synthetic opioid up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine, often added to other drugs because its extreme potency makes them cheaper, more powerful, more addictive and more dangerous. It is available as liquid, powder and, most recently, in brightly colored pills thought to be targeting children.

“Fentanyl available in the United States,” states the CDC, “is primarily supplied by two criminal drug networks, the (Mexico-based) Sinaloa Cartel and Jalisco New Generation Cartel.”

A 2020 DEA intelligence report traced the fentanyl crisis back to 2014, naming China as the primary source of fentanyl-related substances provided to the Mexican cartels. The report said India was “emerging as a source for finished fentanyl powder and fentanyl precursor chemicals,” and said new measures were being taken in China to limit fentanyl production and trafficking.

In April 2022, the DEA issued nationwide warnings of a “spike in fentanyl-related mass-overdose events … (that are) killing Americans at an unprecedented rate.”

In August, the DEA alerted Americans to an alarming trend – “a new method by the drug cartels to sell highly addictive and potentially deadly fentanyl made to look like candy to children and young people.” The report was accompanied by photos of colored fentanyl pills seized in Tigard and Multnomah County.

Today, the DEA says Mexican drug cartels “are responsible for the vast majority of the fentanyl that is being trafficked in the United States.”

We need to reduce demand for illegal drugs and secure our borders. We need to consider dramatic expansion of warfare against Mexican cartels that are killing an unprecedented number of Americans.

Jeb Bladine can be reached at or 503-687-1223.


Don Dix

All youth has a penchant to 'experiment'. But this is serious sh*t! Because we were like any other generation (that 'experiment' thing), I am grateful that our choice in our youth was basically alcohol.


We need to complete President Trump’s border wall and permanently staff it’s security with US Military. We need to push the government of Mexico to deal with the drug cartels once and for all. If they resist, we tariff them on every product they send to us. If they still resist or are unable to do so because of manpower, weapons, etc, we take the cartels. We work to freeze cartel assets and use them for reparations for drug deaths. Then strike supply chains and delivery routes, and take out their kill squads that terrorize towns along the boarder. And then you go after the manufacturing facilities and the leaders.

I would think that few American lives would be lost, using drone strikes, cruise missles, and Ranger or Seal Team strike groups to take out or capture leadership. Capture should not be our first objective.

This would be the first step, as then we start tracing fentanyl supply routes back to China.


And I forgot to mention at the same time you unravel the human smuggling networks that brings victims, slaves, across our border.

Every person who thinks it’s great that we have a border that is open for anybody who wants to cross can cross, whether they choose to accept it, they enable the drug trade, the fentanyl shipments, human trafficking, child and female sex trafficking. It has to stop.

Bill B

@BigfootLives; DITTO!


I hear Steve Brannon is building a wall....maybe send him a check.

Bill B

Hard to understand someone making light of this situation


Hard to understand that anyone actually believes building a wall would solve the issues outlined above.